Dissenters I am somewhat disturbed



I am somewhat disturbed by those who seem to be taking a rather strong hard-line on prudential judgments and labeling those who disagree as "dissenters." No matter what the denotation, the connotation and commonly understood meaning of the term is those who are in violation of the teaching of the Church on matters where there is no room for such disagreement. One needs to very carefully consider the emotional weight of words when making reasoned arguments. It happens that I agree, in general with the conclusions, but there is the habit of labeling in the course of argument which I find highly alienating. A dissenter is automatically either burdened or enhanced (depending on one's stand) by the label. And so, I would encourage that we very clearly reserve dissent to mean those who fly in the face of infallible teaching.

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