The Difference

Mike Liccione writes over at Pontifications about the interminable nature of the debate between progressives and traditonalists in the Anglican Communion over homosexuality and related issues. He links it back to what I consider to be the essential difference between Catholics (and Orthodox) and Protestants–that of authority. If you have no infallible teaching authority, ultimately debates devolve into unassailable opinions. A traditionalist may appeal to Scripture and Tradition, but unless he can defuse by invoking infallibility the progressive’s appeal to an evolving magisterium, then his correct evaluation of Tradition can be ignored.

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