Bishop Barron on Ross Douthat’s “Bad Religion”

Is this the underlying “American heresy” – also known as, “Americanisn” – that Ross Douthat discusses in his book, “Bad Religion”? Listen to Bishop Robert Barron’s explanation.


There is also a link on “Morning Catholic must-reads” in the UK Catholic Herald today that takes us to Ross Douthat’s recent intuitive article in the New York Times, entitled: “His Holiness Declines to Answer”, discussing the implications of Pope Francis’ silence towards the questions put to him in the ‘dubia’. Ross Douthat’s says that Catholicism has “entered terra incognito” with the four cardinals’ dubia.  Well worth reading.

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4 Responses to Bishop Barron on Ross Douthat’s “Bad Religion”

  1. JabbaPapa says:

    Is this the underlying “American heresy” – also known as, “Americanism” ?

    Yep, that’s the one.

    More abstractly it’s the false notion that doctrines are to be determined “democratically”.


  2. kathleen says:

    Following the link to Ross Douthat’s article in the NY Times, I was interested in his closing paragraphs:

    [I]n the meantime, his silence [Pope Francis towards the dubia] has the effect of confirming conservatives in their resistance, because to them it looks like his refusal to give definitive answers might itself be the work of providence. That is, he thinks he’s being Machiavellian and strategic, but really it’s the Holy Spirit constraining him from teaching error.

    This is a rare theological hypothesis that can be easily disproven. The pope need only exercise his authority, answer his critics, and tell the faithful explicitly what he means them to believe.

    But until he speaks, the hypothesis is open.


  3. johnhenrycn says:

    “This is just monstrous —”

    Glad we can see eye to eye, JP, just as we have done many times in the past.


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