The general approach the Church asks of us in weighing her teaching is “docility”. This is not a word that sits well with most of us, because it calls to mind images of sheep quietly going to be slaughtered, uttering not a peep of protest or independent thought. It is from poor notions of docility that you get stories of people who sat on their hands when they knew about priestly abuse, or bizarre notions that if the Pope says black is white then faithful Catholics must deny the evidence of their senses and say the same. That is not what the Church means by docility, of course, but it is what many people think docility means.
In fact, docility means something much more like “being...READ MORE