A reader asks about prudential judgments…

A reader asks about prudential judgments… July 15, 2013

over at the Register. It turns out “prudential judgment” is not Latin for “ignore the Church if her guidance inconveniences you in any slight way.”

Leftist Catholics appeal to “primacy of conscience” when they want to ignore the Church. Rightist Catholics appeal to “prudential judgment” when they want to ignore the Church. But, in fact, the Church does not function according to Minimum Daily Adult Requirement Catholicism and it is not the case that you only have to listen to the Church when dogma absolutely requires it and can feel free to ignore the rest. In reality, the Church calls us to docility, and says we should only depart from the Church’s guidance when there is a really good reason to do so. We still have to use our brains and bishops can err on prudential judgments. But the default position is nonethless obedience and a willingness to actually engage the Magisterium and not merely casually glance at it before blowing it off in favor of one’s own pre-ordained conclusion.

“The Catholic Church is the only thing that frees a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age.” – G.K. Chesterton

"The Catholic Church is a good deal more reasonable and compassionate now than it used ..."

Where Peter Is has a nice ..."
"The number of Christian missions isn't an indicator of the health of a society.Good grief."

Dear Prolife Suckers
"Observing history and the magisterium's own teaching isn't "hate."Wow.The Catholic Church did abuse Native Americans. ..."

Where Peter Is has a nice ..."
"Perhaps read the piece on hell by Avery Cardinal Dulles. A quick sound bite simply ..."

Where Peter Is has a nice ..."

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!

What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • Doug Lawrence

    G.K. Chesterton never experienced the post-Vatican II Church, whose hierarchy is populated by such “children”.

    • There was never a golden age.