Catholic scholarship & authority
There’s an interesting exchange over at Mirror of Justice that was prompted by a post from Eduardo Moises Penalver (apologies for not knowing how to add appropriate diacritical marks) regarding the credibility of Catholic scholarship vis-a-vis magisterial authority. Here’s a snippet of the Eduardo’s initial post:
Does the expectation that Catholic academics will assent to authoritative teachings (and not publicly argue against them) undermine the legitimacy of Catholic legal theory? Assuming that the conclusions to which this person reasoned were set in advance by the magisterium, can we have any faith in the arguments themselves? Would the arguments have more credibility if we thought the person was following his line of thought where it took him? Or should the subjective motivations of the scholar have absolutely no bearing on the matter?
Be sure to read his subsequent clarification, as well as responses by Commonweal contributors Mark Sargent and Rick Garnett.