The mood of questioning, the Archbishop said, “is widespread among many who would still describe themselves as Catholics but who would, so to say, hang as loosely as possible to the Church, claiming as their personal privilege, above all, the right to judge truth.

“Indeed, there are not a few who would parade their standing as theologians, authentic or suspect, who quite frankly arrogate to themselves the very infallibility they deny to the Church.”


— Report on a June 17, 1972, homily by Portland Archbishop Robert Dwyer delivered at the Wanderer Forum in Minneapolis