The Insights eNewsletter
Promise and Danger for the Church
First appeared on 03/07/2014. Insights is also available to members via email delivery.
It's been a banner week for commentary here at CatholicCulture.org. One of the most important topics has been the growing efforts to precipitate change in Catholic teaching on marriage, family and sexuality. See:
- Phil Lawler: Will conservative Catholics help media skew Church discussions on marriage?
- Jeff Mirus: The Crisis of the German Hierarchy Comes to a Wrongheaded Head
- Jeff Mirus: Synod Gamesmanship: Raising Expectations to Create Pressure
The October Synod on the Family presents both promise and danger to the Church. We need to understand and find more effective ways to deal with the widespread abandonment of a Catholic vision of the family, even by those who call themselves Catholic; but we need to find effective ways to help people to embrace the vision, not to undermine it.
Another source of hope is a slowly increasing interest in union with Rome among the Orthodox churches. But that is fraught with danger, too. See Phil’s explanation: Developments in the Orthodox world bear great ecumenical promise.... [more content for subscribers]