I’m right; you’re wrong: the Spadaro-Figueroa approach

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jul 20, 2017

Marcelo Figueroa—the co-author, with Father Antonio Spadaro, of that astonishing Civilta Cattolica essay—is not dismayed the critique offered by Archbishop Charles Chaput. On the contrary, he tweets: “Esto me confirma que escribimos lo correcto.”

If you say he’s right, that confirms he’s right.

If you say he’s wrong, that confirms he’s right, too, because if you disagree with him, that confirms you’re wrong.

This is called dialogue.

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 CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Jul. 22, 2017 5:25 PM ET USA

    You would think that just once in half century of nearly non-existent confession lines there would be some sad reflection about the internal state of Catholic life today, about how delusional Catholics have become about their sins and how this might corrupt them in the formation of their preferred belief systems. You would think a cleric would be concerned enough to condemn Catholics for drifting away towards secularism not for staying loyal. Just once in half a century.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jul. 22, 2017 3:22 PM ET USA

    Unfortunately Chaput and other right thinking Bishops won't become Cardinals. I hate to think what the next conclave will give the church. Will there be enough right thinking Cardinals to right the Church?

  • Posted by: Retired01 - Jul. 20, 2017 4:19 PM ET USA

    Moreover, if you say he's wrong your are nothing more than a rigid doctrinaire and a Pharisee. This is called discernment and the pastoral approach.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Jul. 20, 2017 2:40 PM ET USA

    I wonder if to this protestant gentleman Abp Chaput is exemplary of "the problem". Chaput, a great and holy man to me, seems not to be too much of a Francis favorite.