When studying at the University of Munich, one of the future pope's professors was Gottlieb Sohngen, who rejected the idea that Mary was taken bodily into heaven when she died - this was before the dogma was defined by the Church and thus was a topic for open discussion.
When asked what he would do if the dogma was defined, Sohngen said, "If the dogma comes, then I will remember that the Church is wiser than I and that I must trust her more than my own erudition."
I was reminded of our own first bishop here in Rochester, Bernard McQuaid. At Vatican I, he opposed the idea of papal infallibility - in fact, he left the Council rather than vote on it because it was clear it would be approved. But once it was defined, he publicly supported the teaching.
Both men provide a lesson for our day.
Blind obedience of something that is clearly wrong? No.
But acceptance of clearly defined doctrine? Yes. If I want to claim to be a Catholic.
This is something with which I struggle. I am a proud person.
Despite my ego, though, I must admit I clearly am limited in my knowledge and understanding.