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A think piece on church "teaching"

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I can't resist passing a super thoughtful piece by Nicholas Lash over at America. I think he accurately identifies part of the current disconnection between the bishops and faithful on church "teaching." The money quote:

I have long maintained that the heart of the crisis of contemporary Catholicism lies in just such subordination of education to governance, the effect of which has too often been to substitute for teaching proclamation construed as command. As Yves Congar said, it is impossible to make the function of teaching an integral element of jurisdiction because it is one thing to accept a teaching, quite another to obey an order.

Something to think about in light of the Phoenix case, for example.