This past January brought big news for the Church in Alberta – Pope Francis accepted the retirement of Bishop Fred Henry (for health reasons) and appointed Bishop William McGrattan (currently Bishop of Peterborough, Ontario) to take his place leading the diocese of Calgary. At the time of this announcement, many articles were written that praised the work Bishop Henry did in nearly twenty years leading Calgary Catholics, and others which described him as a dinosaur from a bygone era.
There was also much commentary (particularly from the secular media) hoping that Bishop McGrattan might be the one to finally bring Church teaching in line with modern times. There’ve been interviews with”ordinary” Catholics regarding their take on how they didn’t like how outspoken Bishop Henry has been in in defending Catholic positions on controversial issues.
These interviews bring up an interesting question when considering ‘ordinary’ Catholics whose issue is less with a particular Bishop, and more with some aspect of Church teaching (usually a moral issue). It’s really a simple question: can one be Catholic and still have disagreements with what the Church believes? [Read more…]