TFI #47

47. What is the difference between struggling personally with conversion to the Church’s teaching and public dissent?

We all need conversion on some level, or we would not sin.  If we are struggling with a Church teaching, the point is not to get them out of the Church, but to reconcile them to the truths of Christ.  The difference between this and public dissent is that the personal struggle is not a formal, public disagreement with the Church.  For it to be public dissent, the person must be fully aware of what they are saying.  They would know and understand the Church teaching and even after dialogue still publicly disagree.

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