In the comments section under my recent Catholic World Report article theologian Prof. Robert Fastiggi . What follows is a reply. Fastiggi’s objections are in bold, and I respond to them one by one.
“Such a disagreement could not be justified if it were based solely upon the fact that the validity of the given teaching is not evident or upon the opinion that the opposite position would be the more probable. Nor, furthermore, would the judgment of the subjective conscience of the theologian justify it because conscience does not constitute an autonomous and exclusive authority for deciding the truth of a doctrine”