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By Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine, April 26, 2022

Regis Martin is Professor of Theology and Faculty Associate with the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. …

There was a time, not so very long ago, when it was widely assumed among Catholics, never mind the diversity of their political views, that when the pope spoke on matters of faith and morals, what he said mattered; that owing to the majesty of his Office as Universal Pastor, as the one who could speak in the very accent of Jesus Christ, the faithful were expected to listen and obey. He was the Chief Shepherd, after all, and the sheep instinctively understood this, which is why belonging to the Church included, as an axiom of membership, a necessary assent of mind and heart to all her teachings. …

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