Kansas parents ask why this didn't happen to those who divorced and remarried or otherwise fall short of Catholic doctrine.
"Humanae Vitae" continues to have little real impact on the choices of American Catholic women.
The sad fact is that even many theologians, Catholic and other, have only a generic grasp of the council as a historical happening, and, hence, are led to pronounce judgments on it that are misleading and, generally, more negative than the council deserves.
Eccentric extremes, I suppose, can be controversial, even if sometimes understandable. What is less understandable is the arbitrary changing of ceremonial rubrics. If I were to place any bets, I'd say Pope Francis will make other ceremonial changes that will shock traditional Catholics.
As a Christian American studying international law half way across the world in Turkey, I'm constantly confronted with the question of Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations." But in this era, Turkey doesn't have to abandon Islam to progress as a democracy and realize human rights.
Bottom line: If the pope can resign, the rest of us can say goodbye to the cult of suffering and the cultic exaltation of the priesthood -- and we can welcome women to the pulpit, the poor to our table, and the laity to the exercise of their own common sense.
* * * The once-outsider church was now well-rooted on U.S. soil, but in Southern California, where young George grew up, Catholics
As Catholics, we need only follow our faith and the conscience that guides it, to realize that World AIDS Day is an opportunity, and a call, for us to exercise faith in action.
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