How do you think everyday Catholics should view different interpretations of a question by various theologians?
On the question of differing perspectives among Catholic theologians, I think it is important for Catholics to recognize that various teachings of the Church are taught with different levels of authority and certitude. There are some teachings which constitute central dogmas put forth with certitude and with the highest teaching authority by the Church, for example the divinity of Jesus, the Resurrection, the divine nature of the Church. There are others which are much more contingent, because they proceed not from Revealed Truths or central elements of our faith, but constitute the application of principles of faith to the concrete elements of social or economic or political life. It is an error to believe that all Church teachings demand equal assent from Catholics. Regarding these more contingent questions, it is particularly appropriate to recognize that differing views of theologians can and should be entertained by Catholics precisely as part of the process of identifying the tru
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