There is an interesting post, Laypersons Theologically Criticizing Popes, It’s Unnatural…, at The Bride and the Dragon (edited by Stephen Hand). The second last paragraph is especially interesting:
Yes, it is unnatural and unseemly for lay men and women to resist the papacy. Laypersons should in normal times be immersed in career, the arts, Catholic culture and politics. But we have never had popes like the popes of that mysterious Thing called the Second Vatican Council. We’ve tried to be sympathetic. But we look around in astonishment at the vast horrifying wasteland of Catholic morals (one need only think of the clergy sex scandals or “Vagina Monolgues” perverting our young people!) and what passes for “theology” in the churches, in the schools, in the seminaries and priesthood and we know we can no longer be sympathetic—no longer gullible.
I have struggled with the idea of a Catholic theological method (inside and outside of the Church) for a while. The post is slanted to the right, to say the least, and has a slightly interesting idea of what is Catholicism. Yet, the post – whatever one may think of it – adds to the mix the question of lay involvement in the Catholic theological method (assuming there is such a thing!).
So what is the role of educated laypeople in this theological method? Not only on the level of theological decent but in a positive way.