"I have the impression that many of the debates within the Church around such issues as the papacy, the ordination of women, the marriage of priests, homosexuality, birth control, abortion and euthanasia take place on a primarily moral level. On that level, different parties battle about right or wrong. But that battle is often removed from the experience of God’s first love which lies at the base of all human relationships. Words like right-wing, reactionary, conservative, liberal, and leftwing are used to describe people’s opinions, and many discussions then seem more like political battles for power than spiritual searches for the truth."
Henri Nouwen from Wounded Prophet: A Portrait of Henri Nouwen by Michael Ford (via practicing-honey-badger)
I was just saying this to someone. I feel like arguments from both ‘sides’ are often fallacious because each position is just coming from and “I’m right, you’re wrong” perspective, which is irritating on a variety of levels.
First of all, because the RCC can be wrong, and has been in the past (permission of slavery, anyone?) and Catholics (especially American Catholics) tend to just glaze over that fact, denying the possibility of truth in any deviant opinion. Which is flawed.
It is adherence to custom, not to truth.