Against the Magisterium of Specialists, by Darrick Taylor

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[Photo: Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg (Catholic News Agency)]

By Darrick Taylor, Crisis Magazine, Sept. 20, 2022

Darrick Taylor teaches history at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.

Earlier this year, Cardinal Hollerich of Luxembourg claimed that the Church’s teaching on homosexual behavior was “false.” He explained that the Church’s understanding of homosexuality was wrong because the “sociological-scientific foundation of this teaching is no longer correct.” There are many, many things wrong with his statements, but I want to focus on one aspect …

One could say that the modern world is dominated by a particular type of expert—the specialist. Years ago, the philosopher Paul Feyerabend wrote about the Galileo affair as an example of a conflict between two types of experts. …