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When bishops disagree

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Mar 20, 2003

OK; now it's explicit. We have 2 American bishops saying radically different things about participation in the Iraq war.

One bishop says a good Christian can participate in the war with a clear conscience. The other says it's a mortal sin. That is NOT a minor theoretical disagreement.

Anyone who is seriously interested in upholding the teaching authority of bishops-- that is to say, the teaching authority of the Catholic Church-- should be looking for a quick response from the Holy See to settle this disagreement.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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