STATUS OF THE THEOLOGICAL DEBATE 2
JayneK -- Church Fathers who interpreted Scripture as referring to flat earth were wrong
Flat Earthers -- there's nearly unanimous consensus of Church Fathers that Scripture referred to flat earth, and so they must (infallibly) be right and their interpretation regarded as being of faith
Ladislaus -- MOST, but not all, Church Fathers did read Scripture as referring to flat earth, but there's no indication that this interpretation reflected a teaching handed down from the Apostles as part of the Deposit rather than their own thinking (as per Leo XIII's PD) ... so there's no clear evidence of DOGMATIC consensus ... and yet it's also quite possible that they were right (and that cannot be ruled out)
We say, are of supreme authority, whenever they all interpret in one and the same manner any text of the Bible, as pertaining to the doctrine of faith or morals; for their unanimity clearly evinces that such interpretation has come down from the Apostles as a matter of Catholic faith. The opinion of the Fathers is also of very great weight when they treat of these matters in their capacity of doctors, unofficially;
not only because they excel in their knowledge of revealed doctrine and in their acquaintance with many things which are useful in understanding the apostolic Books, but because they are men of eminent sanctity and of ardent zeal for the truth, on whom God has bestowed a more ample measure of His light. Wherefore the expositor should make it his duty to follow their footsteps with all reverence, and to use their labors with intelligent appreciation.
But he must not on that account consider that it is forbidden, when just cause exists, to push inquiry and exposition beyond what the Fathers have done; provided he carefully observes the rule so wisely laid down by St. Augustine — not to depart from the literal and obvious sense...
Now, it can be said, strictly speaking, the opinions of the Fathers were not unanimous in this flat geocentric matter, but most of them who opined describe a flat motionless earth. The last bold line (above) must also be considered--the literal sense of Scripture. With these two things in mind, we can say the majority
of Fathers were of this opinion, and also, that we ought not depart from the literal and obvious sense of Scripture, concluding it is far wiser to accept what has been given us, knowing that we are utterly devoid of phenomenological or metaphorical interpretations describing the globe. As the evidence mounts for flat earth and against the globe, it seems flat earth has gained a hard won dais, deserving our attention, even an ascent of faith. After all, faith is not about seeing or understanding, but believing even though we don't fully understand; not because we are wise about interpreting Scripture, but because God has provided precious pearls in the form of clues so that we will ask, knock and seek. Even if all of this isn't enough for globalists, they can no longer deny a powerful argument exists from Tradition for the flat earth, nor reasonably entertain the perception that flat earth is automatically false, or stupid.