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Thursday, June 12, 2014

US Bishops meeting

At the meeting of the US Bishops in New Orleans, one of the things they discussed was the response of US Catholics to the Vatican's survey on sexual and family issues ...

Kurtz presented what he called a "general review" of responses by U.S. Catholics to a questionnaire sent by the Vatican's office of the Synod to Bishops globally. The questionnaire asked how Catholics perceive the church's family pastoral practices on issues like contraception and marriage. "Unsurprisingly, we still have much ground to cover in sharing the good news of marriage and the family with our Catholic faithful," Kurtz said. "We know there is a need for greater, effective teaching on key tenets of the faith, such as the indissolubility of marriage, the importance of sexual difference for marriage, the natural law, and the married couple's call to be open to life," he said.

Reading this makes me think nothing will ever change for the better ... the bishops appear to believe that the reason US Catholic (like Catholics in Ireland, Japan, Germany and Switzerland, the UK, Belgium) disagree with church teaching on sex, contraception, marriage/divorce, marriage equality, etc., is because we're too dim to have understood the teaching, instead of the fact that we think the teaching is *wrong*.


Blogger bill bannon said...

In brief, no Pope since 1968 has moved the issue of contraception to ex cathedra level which is designed to settle the contentious and no Pope has gone on TV to debate the best opposition in public. Humanity no longer accepts the papal model of inaccessibility to debate...understood even that debates must have a stopping point....even Christ did not debate points endlessly. But He did debate in public and Popes were always able to avoid that by following the Euro monarchical model. Their inaccessibility is part if the priblem. I believe in Catholicism but believe its structures of monarchical hiding are part of the chaos.
CEO's and presidents all face the press now if they are credible. Popes must also.

4:37 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Bill,

I can't imagine even Francis ever being willing to publicly debate doctrine - maybe his synods are as close as he will get.

11:42 AM  
Blogger bill bannon said...

I think you are correct, Crystal. I think that event awaits another unusual Pope but unusual in a different way than Francis.

2:21 PM  

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