How Independent Catholic Thought Proceeds

When the Church speaks, Independent Catholic Thinkers flatly declare that they are not going to believe something simply because somebody qualified to teach Catholic theology says so. Okay, fine. Study the matter through yourself. I have enough confidence in the truth of Catholic theology that it will stand up even to the rigorous tests applied by Independent Catholic Thinkers.

But for Pete’s sake, if you are going to advertise yourself as an Independent Catholic Thinker who does not just settle for believing things on the say-so of Authority, then don’t instantly swallow as dogma the notion of “Pope John Paul II: Unindicted Co-Conspirator” simply because a couple of journalists went off half-cocked and misread a document. It looks a great deal like Independent Catholic Thought is simply another name for “credulity about trusted sources that confirm my prejudices.”