Church Authority, Assent, and Pope Francis’ Encyclical

Millennial writer Daniel DiLeo has a new article at Political Theology Today. He writes:

The Vatican recently indicated that Francis’ encyclical on ecology will likely be published before the summer. Crux observes that already “Pope Francis’ stance on climate change is the latest battleground for US Catholics” and, unfortunately, this battle seems likely to intensify rather than abate between now and the encyclical’s release. Nevertheless, political theologians can make substantive contributions to present and future encyclical conversations by reminding Catholics about the correct assent owed to various levels of church teaching. This would ensure that Francis’ encyclical is received with the utmost amount of genuine openness and humility, and as such would be a great service to the church and to the world.

The full article can be read here.