Pope Francis says Catholics should use their conscience - not strict rules - when deciding on their attitude to sex and marriage. But in new Church guidelines on family life, the Pontiff's approach to homosexuality remains the same. In a page document called The Joy of Love, the Pope strongly reiterates the Church's opposition to the legal recognition of gay relationships. Elsewhere, Francis makes clear he wants nothing short of a revolution in the way priests deal with followers. He says the church must no longer sit in judgement and "throw stones" against those who fail to live up to the ideals of marriage and family life.
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Sex, marriage and the Catholic church | Tina Beattie | Opinion | The Guardian
Disagreement over these issues is likely to come to a head over the next few days, with the bishops gathering in Rome for an extraordinary synod on the family, called by the pope. Unusually, the Vatican sent out a questionnaire ahead of the synod seeking the views of Catholics around the world on family, marriage and sexuality. Sometimes the teachings are rejected or ignored — such as the prohibition of artificial birth control and pre-marital sex — but sometimes people want a more compassionate and constructive approach to those who respect the teachings but have failed to live up to them, for example in the case of divorced and remarried Catholics. The central message of the Christian faith is, after all, not that of moral perfection but of forgiveness, mercy and redemption. For those who take for granted the values of progressive liberalism, the Catholic church seems like a creakingly anachronistic institution. I came to the attention of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith CDF in August , when — along with 26 other Catholic theologians, priests and public figures — I signed a letter to the Times, saying Catholics could in good conscience support the legal extension of civil marriage to same-sex couples. Formerly known as the Inquisition, the CDF is a shadowy group of senior bishops and cardinals charged with the promotion and defence of Catholic doctrine.
Sex, marriage and the Catholic church
Anderson told CNA that race is not relevant to the nature of marriage, and the race of a person does not negate any of the requirements of a valid marriage. Welch, drove to the venue to demand answers. In a filmed exchange first posted by the website Deep South Voice, Welch can be heard calmly asking a woman in a gray shirt about the cancellation.
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