covered this story yesterday from the perspective of Rod Dreher's criticism of a letter written to The New York Times from a group of progressive Catholic intellectuals who did not like Ross Douthat's column on the Church's debate over divorce and remarriage. (Click on the link at the beginning of this sentence to get up to speed).
Over at the progressive-leaning America, a Catholic magazine published by the Jesuit community, Jim Keane, the former associate editor, makes a case for why Douthat's voice needs to be heard in this debate. The piece is less about the content of Douthat's argument or the content of the scholars who composed the letter to The Times and more about the issue of what qualifies a person to write about the Catholic Church.
Here is a taste of his piece "Thoughts on Heresy."