What I think is important - to me and my family. And, arguably, it's important as eyewitness testimony to several decades of American history.
Because I'm picky about sorting out facts, assumptions, and flights of fancy: I'm not likely to deliberately misrepresent information. But - how would you know that? And how could either of us tell whether what I say the Church says really is a plausible paraphrase?
That's why I cite "chapter and verse" from an official, recognized, source: most often the Bible or the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Although I quote individual priests and bishops - I hope I don't give the impression that 'the Church believes this because Pastor Bob says so.' That's 'Father Bob:' My Protestant roots are showing.
Here's one reason why I don't take what one person - even a priest - says as necessarily being "Gospel truth:"
- "Jesuit-author responds to column; Good priest defends pope, corrects misguided priest"
Matt C. Abbott, Renew America (May 22, 2010)
A tip of the hat to The Black Biretta's "Jesuit-author responds to column; Good priest defends pope, corrects misguided priest," The Black Biretta (May 23, 2010), for the heads-up on that article.