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Sensus Fidelium # 5 (03/04/2012)
From: Karl J. Weissing

In Br. McMullen’s Sensus fidelium #4, he brings up Prof. Hans Kung, an infamous theologian to support his position. Hans Kung’s authority to teach as a Catholic Theologian was rescinded in 1979 after he published the book referred to by Br. McMullen, “Infallible? An Inquiry,” in which Kung calls into question papal infallibility when making dogmatic pronouncements, which is a gift of the Holy Ghost.

In April 2010, he sent an open letter to all US Catholic Bishops, in which among other things he strongly encouraged them to publicly criticize Pope Benedict XVI and disregard Church teaching by making local rules with regard to clerical celibacy.

Br. McMullen misinterprets Mr. McCaffery’s statement, in which he calls upon Natural Law and Holy Writ as indubitable protection of the sanctity of marriage.

The understanding of the generality of the faithful, contrary to Br. McMullen’s implications, must be founded on Sacred Scripture and Natural Law, or else they cease to be faithful to the basic tenets of Christianity.

Also referenced by Br. McMullen is Daniel McGuire, an American professor of considerable disrepute, who in 2006 published two pamphlets, which he sent to all US Catholic Bishops entitled “The Moderate Roman Catholic Position on Contraception and Abortion and A Catholic Defense of Same-Sex Marriage.” These works were condemned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as

crossing the lines of legitimate theological reflection into the area of false teaching. (www.usccb.org)

Br. McMullen endeavors to fortify his claims by referencing unreliable sources. So doing, he succeeds only in calling his own credibility into question. He would perhaps better serve the faithful by defending the teachings of the Catholic popes rather than the policies of an un-Christian president.

 

 

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