A person who is of a Protestant leaning does not believe in the Teaching Magisterium of the Church, or the truth of Tradition. She does not believe in the truth of the encyclicals, or the Catholic councils which declared doctrines and condemned errors.
This is the usual Protestant stance. However, some Catholics think like Protestants. They argue with the teachings of the Church and have their own opinions as against both Tradition and teaching.
The most obvious example of this holding of opinions in contrast to the teachings of the Church are those who refuse to acknowledge that St. John Paul II is a saint. He is. Canonization is one of the levels of infallibility of the Church. It does not matter what one may think about St. John Paul II. People with opinions are not infallible, only the Pope is in matters of faith and morals as stated “from the Chair of Peter”.
To be honest, and perhaps because I am getting older, I have no time to argue or discuss “opinions” with adult Catholics who refuse to follow the Church in certain matters. After a certain amount of time, even years of patience, I now walk away from those who think they are holier than the Church.
St. John Paul II is not only a saint, but a great saint. The Novus Ordo is valid, another point of argument among those who refuse to acknowledge this. Pope Francis is truly pope, and not falsely elected. And so on….
Opinions divide Catholics in this time perhaps more than any time since the Arian heresy.
Arianism almost split the Church. Opinions are doing so now.
Another opinion which is contrary to Catholic teaching is that marriages and confessions in the SSPX chapels are valid (this year, in the Year of Mercy, because the Pope declared it so, the confessions are valid because he, the Vicar of Christ, has given the SSPX priests faculties for one year). To keep harping on the validity of the SSPX sacraments above, and to insist that they are the representatives of the “real Church”, is to hold opinions which are contrary to Church teaching.
Opinions can not only divide, but lead people to hell.
Humility and obedience trump opinions.
Those is heaven, like St. John Paul II, humbled themselves before God. They were obedient, or if not, suffered their purgatory on earth and became perfected through humiliation and pain. Hence, the long suffering of the aged John Paul II. He is a great example for all of us regarding the dignity of old age and the final years of concentrating on the interior life in preparation for death. He is one of our models of fidelity to God while suffering great public mortification–that of physical infirmity.
To hold opinions contrary to Church teaching and the statements of the last several popes regarding the validity or non-validity of sacraments is to remove one’s self from the Church.
To insist that the Novus Ordo is invalid will make a person move outside the Church– to no longer be a Catholic. One may think one is, but one has departed from Church discipline regarding the Liturgy. One cannot, as I have heard among some trad Catholics, determine that priests who were ordained in the new rite of Ordination, are not real priests.
The list of “contraries” seem endless.
Bowing to authority is a sign of humility. I suggest that opinions such as the ones I have listed, are rooted in pride.
Opinions also lead some people to judge others unfairly. I have heard some Catholics damn all those who go to the NO liturgy. This is not only unfair, but blatantly wrong.
We have a saint who said the NO. His name is St. John Paul II.
If one is having a hard time accepting a teaching or declaration of the Church, one should pray like this.
“Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I do not understand this teaching, or decision. I humbly submit to this declaration. Please teach me to see this truth as You have ordained through Your Holy Church. Help me to be humble and silent in the face of my own doubts and confusion. Help me to be obedient to Your Will, which I can only know through the teachings of Your Church.”
People were upset with so-called changes in the giving of Communion for those in irregular marriages. I kept saying this would not happen, as the Holy Spirit protects the Church. And, He does.
Opinions divide, humility unifies.