"Will this Pope re-write controversial Church doctrines? No. But that isn't how doctrine changes. Doctrine changes when pastoral contexts shift and new insights emerge such that particularly doctrinal formulations no longer mediate the saving message of God's transforming love. Doctrine changes when the Church has leaders and teachers who are not afraid to take note of new contexts and emerging insights. It changes when the Church has pastors who do what Francis has been insisting: leave the securities of your chanceries, of your rectories, of your safe places, of your episcopal residences go set aside the small minded rules that often keep you locked up and shielded from the world."
This lack of clarity would also end up making the concluding proposals of the synod ambiguous, opening the way to pastoral practices so diversified as to undermine the unity of the doctrine concerning the indissolubility of marriage, even if in words it is reaffirmed as intact.
Now, others are articulating that same thing -- and people much more educated and qualified than this simple layman.
You and I, dear sister and brother, must proclaim that these men, these clerics, no matter what colour their fancy robes, will be challenged by the Catholic faithful no matter how small we become, no matter how ostracised we become, no matter how mocked we become -- we will challenge them, we will call them out, we will hold them accountable in the here and now and let Our Blessed Lord do it for all eternity.
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Synod. The Preparatory Document’s Arabian Phoenix
by Sandro Magister