Hello, friends, from the Pittsburgh airport. I am en route to what I hope will be my last meeting with my diocesan authorities before my priesting. I shall return late Friday night, and probably will not have much internet access till then.
In the meantime, ponder these things in your heart, namely my chief (possiblyh only) objections to Papism: (1) the doctrine of the pope (specifically, infalibility, and certain titles like 'head of the Church on earth') (I'm very happy to call him the Christ Vicar, the Patriarch of the West, Primus inter pares, etc. etc.), (2) the notion that the late Marian doctrines are, in fact, dogmas, elements of the Catholic Faith, apart from which there is no salvation. Now I believe the Marian doctrines (I think), i.e. her Immaculate Conception and Assumption -- I just don't think that its necessary that everyone believe them. But then again, not even the Roman Church says that its necessary that one believe that its necessary that one believe Mary was Immaculately Conceived and assumed bodily, etc. (Do you follow me?) What do you all think?