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Theologian answers Cardinal McElroy’s response to critics

March 10, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: For Catholic World Report, theologian E. Christian Brugger answers the response by Cardinal Robert McElroy to critics of his essay on conscience and sexual activity.

Brugger argues that the McElroy essay is based on inaccurate understandings of the Church’s teachings on conscience and culpability, on the gravity of sexual sins, and more.

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  • Posted by: feedback - Mar. 11, 2023 3:12 AM ET USA

    The linked article is rather long but well worth reading. It's an excellent theological rebuttal of McElroy's sophomoric musings. And it's a shame that majority of our bishops don't step up to defend Faith with that level of clarity. Maybe the process of selecting candidates for episcopacy is broken?

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 10, 2023 12:22 PM ET USA

    An unassailable tour de force against "pastoral error", which is so prevalent in the Church today.