I've heard that, traditionally anyway, Catholics were expected to follow what the pope taught, so long as there weren't any moral or doctrinal/dogmatic contradictions/issues. In other words, I'm not talking about an infallibile teaching, but rather... I don't know how to phrase it... somewhere between "worthy of being followed" and "obliged to follow"... ? In other words, sort of: "A good Catholic will follow the teaching because they're obedient to the chief bishop" sort of thing? Not that they have to follow it, but like they should just as a normal way of doing things...? Have I heard wrong or misunderstood, or is that accurate?
ill use harry potter, because ive heard it applied to the series and the pope
While the Pope may not officaly condemd the books, his opinion as a Bishop/Cardinal/Theologian should be respected, because of his experience as a theologian and clergy