There has been much turmoil around our current pope, even to the point where cardinals are publically questioning his doctrinal stands and asking him to clarify them.

While this appears controversial to many in the Church, it is not because Catholic teaching has always affirmed the right and duty of clerics and laity to raise questions when doctrinal tradition seems threatened.

In centuries past, the Catholic Church took very strong action against such questioning beavior when it appeared to cross over into heresy; even to the point of execution.

Thankfully, that is no longer the case, at least not in the Catholic world, though it is certainly so in other religions and secular theologies.

In America, we treasure freedom of speech, even when it so often results in horrible backlash from the party offended; and we should treasure that freedom even more because of that.