|[The specific role of the
theologians] calls them to explore the implications of Church teach,
to investigate it, to refine it, to probe it, to push back its
horizons. If not all Church teaching is guaranteed to be infallible,
then some of it could be fallible, reformable, conceivably even
incorrect. It is part of the theologian's responsibility to speak to
Church teaching which he or she conscientiously believes to be
inexact or erroneous. |
Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk (former
head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) in his Pastoral
Letter on Dissent to the Cincinnati Archdiocese, 6 June 1986.
Reported in Origins 16:9 (31 July 1986), p. 177.