FROM THE POST OFFICE
Herald Gives Cover to Heretical Teachers
Ed’s comment: The Arlington Catholic Herald (ACH) didn’t print the letter below which opposes giving dissenters a platform for scandal, specifically through the Continuing Christian Development Institute (CCDI). It’s a problem we have brought up with the bishop on many occasions. He is, however, deaf to our concerns and we’re not surprised this articulate letter was considered unfit for the pages of the ACH . CCDI, on the other hand, frequently is promoted in both articles and ads.
Two articles in the April 1-7 issue of ACH caused me great concern, because they promote two men who have done great harm to the Catholic faith over their long lives.
One man, Rev. Gerard Sloyan, age 91, taught me moral theology when I attended Trinity College, Washington, D.C. many years ago. He was also teaching at Catholic U. He taught the “fundamental option”, which is that individual immoral acts aren’t sinful – it is the overall view one has that matters. That is a heresy and has been refuted in the Apostolic Exhortation Reconciliation and Penance of Pope John Paul II in 1984. Father Sloyan’s teaching influenced me as a young person and I held that view for a short while.
The Herald article advertizes Fr. Sloyan’s lecture series beginning this month at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in our diocese. This is not good news.
Mrs. Olivia McFadden