David Alexander responds to Voice of the Faithful
There is a new policy statement from the president of VOTF, available here.. In it, Jim Post makes a number of claims to the effect that the VOTF is neither liberal nor conservative, but is only Catholic. Never mind that liberal and conservative are not proper labels to apply to the Church. The real problem is between faithful and unfaithful. Is VOTF faithful?
I want to point out three statements that are incompatible: We accept the teaching authority of the Catholic Church.
We have taken no position on the many other issues that divide Catholics in 2002.
We do not advocate the end of priestly celibacy, the exclusion of homosexuals from the priesthood, the ordination of women, or any of the other remedies that some have proposed.
They accept the teaching authority of the Church (do they accept the governing authority of the Church? That's part of the teaching authority. See Lumen Gentium). They do not advocate the end of celibacy, the restriction of orders to heterosexual men, or the ordination of women. So far so good. But look at that middle statement: What are the other issues that divide Catholics in 2002? It is just those issues that they say they don't advocate! The only things one could add would be questions of sexual morality. Further, how can one accept the teaching authority of the Church and not take positions on the issues that divide us? If one accepts the teaching authority of the Church, one must accept what she teaches. There is no "not taking a position." Open up a catechism and see what your position is supposed to be.
There is no such thing as a "centrist" Catholic. There are only faithful Catholics, who believe what the Catholic Church teaches, and non-faithful Catholics (also known as non-Catholics) who don't believe what the Church teaches. There is no middle road.
David Alexander makes the same point in much more concise language on his blog.