Absolutely. Pope Benedict XVI raised this point many times in his pontificate, and although many liberals turn starry-eyed at the misbegotten prospect that Pope Francis' more pastoral (and I suppose, gentler)approach amounts to an abnegation of his predecessor's teachings, it's nevertheless very true today:
"In his Angelus address Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of Judas betrayal of Christ, saying that Judas problem was failing to leave Christ when he no longer believed a falsehood, said the Pope, which is a mark of the devil.
Judas, said Pope Benedict, could have left, as many of the disciples did; indeed, he would have left if he were honest. Instead he remained with Jesus. He did not remain because of faith, or because of love, but with the secret intention of taking vengeance on the Master. "
Are you asking a rhetorical question? Presbyterians obviously believe that they are right, just as Catholics do.
Yo asserted the existence of a right to change their moral teaching. Rights exist only where they are granted by a person or organization with the authority to do so. Thus the question: what is the source of the right you perceive?
I'm stunned by your intellectual brilliance, Jim. Carol clearly wasn't kidding when she vouched for your learned chops and your educational bonafides. The more debates we have, I'm really compelled by those one line zingers of yours to start reconsidering my adherence to orthodoxy.
You'll notice the sentence was phrased thusly: Dissenting Catholics like yourself... etc, etc. I'll let you figure it out.
Did you know, Jim, that "interviewer bias" is a major methodological/statistical phenomenon, and for instance, Americans deliberately misreport their attendance at religious services?
That and other statistical anomalies are reasons for my inference that claims of disbelief in magisterial teachings are likely more nuanced than you'd think.
> dissenters are all still excommunicated, whatever their reasons for dissenting
While factually incorrect (many dissenters are not excommunicated, including those who are otherwise censured for their offense(s), even when excommunication is an available punishment), the forum policy you cite does not apply to one stating the ecclesiastical penalty for a certain offense.