“Can I Dissent from Laudato Si?”

“Can I Dissent from Laudato Si?” August 13, 2015

“The pope isn’t speaking infallibly here.”

“This is just his opinion.”


The pope is the only person on planet earth Catholics regularly and pre-emptively declare can be completely ignored–even when he is surrounded by a battalion of experts–just so long as he is not speaking with absolute infallibility. Nobody treats their garage mechanic, investment banker, or doctor this way.

Prudence suggests that it is a good idea to listen to the pope on matters of prudence, even when he is not speaking infallibly.

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