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10 August 2017 @ 07:55 am
You say that as if there were something wrong with it.  
“Under Pope Francis, the church has abandoned many of its bedrock positions on issues like divorce and homosexuality in favor of a "why not?" attitude. Francis has scolded people for being rich, sided with illegal immigrants, and suggested the church should be a refuge for the poor”–John Moody, Fox News VP
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browngirl on August 11th, 2017 05:02 am (UTC)
You're totally correct, but also using Earth logic. To certain ways of thinking, any softening from a "This is what God said and w're going to make it the de jure or at least de facto law of the land" stance is "abandoning" those positions. I was raised in a Christian tradition that constantly harped on "compromise" as a great evil, and I see that kind of attitude underlying Fox News's soi-disant reporting here.

(I say conversationally -- tone can be difficult in text, and I don't want to come off like I'm scolding. Just tossing in my perspective based on my experiences.)
sturgeonslawyersturgeonslawyer on August 11th, 2017 03:06 pm (UTC)
Fair enough. I think that the RCC has, over the past five or so centuries, moved gradually (and nonmonotonically) away from rigidity - a good example being the toning-down of the "Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith," which in its harsher days was generally referred to as the Inquisition.

I think that what has happened is not an abandoning of a position, but an additional position. The old position was "Error and sin have no rights." That remains true, but what has been added is that "Those who commit errors and sins [i.e., everyone] DO have rights as humans in the image of God."