Template talk:Beliefs condemned by the Catholic Church

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NPOV?

This template seems to create all kinds of WP:NPOV violations. Labelling a group's religious views a "heresy" explicitly takes one point of view on a matter of controversy. This is contrary to Wikipedia policy.--Srleffler (talk) 05:26, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

At least partially fixed: "Heresies condemened by..." replaced with "Beliefs condemned as heresy by..." The title then makes it clear that we are documenting the Catholic church's declarations, rather than directly labelling some beliefs as "heresies". --Srleffler (talk) 05:31, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

Next problem: it had better be the case that every single one of the entries in this list has been explicitly condemned as heresy by the Catholic church, and we ought to have a reference to a reliable source establishing that fact. Taking a quick look through the entries in the "modern era" section, I find that almost none of the linked articles contain an explicit statement that the Catholic Church has condemned the belief as a heresy. To expedite matters, I am challenging every entry on the list per WP:V. I'll come back in a few days and delete any that are lacking references to a reliable source establishing that the Catholic Church has, in fact, declared it a heresy. References can be in the linked articles.

Third problem: Should we create a whole series of these templates? "Beliefs condemned as heresy by Islam", for example, and link every article, including perhaps Catholicism, on beliefs that Muslims consider to be heresy? Should we create one for the beliefs condemned by every Christian sect, and link every condemned sect's article? I'm sure that Catholicism would appear on many of those templates. It may be better to conclude that this was just a bad idea, and get rid of this template. There are better ways to document Catholic theology and its views on other religious beliefs.--Srleffler (talk) 05:48, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

I'm removing the following Modern era beliefs, which are not particularly related to Roman Catholicism and whose articles do not assert that the Roman Catholic Church has declared them to be heresies. If you want to add them back, per WP:V please provide a reference to a reliable source that establishes that the Church has declared these beliefs to be heresy.--Srleffler (talk) 06:57, 10 June 2017 (UTC)
--Srleffler (talk) 06:57, 10 June 2017 (UTC)
@Srleffler: I've been the one adding this to articles that are linked from it. I believe this should be transcended in all articles it links to to keep navigation WP:BIDIRECTIONAL. That being said, I agree with both of your concerns: POV and verifiability. Considering POV, of course this is a POV, but at least considering some of the topics listed here it is a significant POV that should be reported WP:YESPOV. What the largest Christian denomination says about Christian doctrines, and has said for hundreds of years in some cases, is a significant position. When reported, it should of course be referenced. I tried to look for some references, but this wasn't as easy as I imagined.
I propose a solution: instead of just removing this from articles that don't check out, also remove such articles from this template. That way we don't end up with seemingly unverifiable claims made by this template and don't run into the problem of unidirectional navigation. – Finnusertop (talkcontribs) 10:01, 10 June 2017 (UTC)
@Finnusertop: That's just what I did: I removed items from the template and removed the template from those articles. There is probably not a perfect one-to-one correspondence though: some articles didn't have the template transcluded.--Srleffler (talk) 16:07, 10 June 2017 (UTC)
On the POV issue, I notice that including this template on some of the modern beliefs' articles doesn't fit the guidelines at WP:NAVBOX:
  1. All articles within a template relate to a single, coherent subject.
  2. The subject of the template should be mentioned in every article.
  3. The articles should refer to each other, to a reasonable extent.
  4. If not for the navigation template, an editor would be inclined to link many of these articles in the See also sections of the articles.
The problem is relevance: whether the Catholic church happens to consider the Latter Day Saints to be heretics (for example) is not that relevant to the topic of Latter Day Saints. It's different from the case of Lutheranism, for example, where the fact that the Catholic Church labelled them heretics was very important to the history of the Lutherans.--Srleffler (talk) 16:07, 10 June 2017 (UTC)
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