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Faculty changes confirm shift in focus for John Paul II Institute

July 25, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: The Vatican has suspended the contracts of all professors at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, and informed its former president, Msgr. Livio Melina, that his services will no longer be required because under new statutes, the Institute will no longer be teaching fundamental moral theology. In 2017, Pope Francis announced a new direction for the Institute, explaining that the Church should not “limit ourselves to practices in pastoral ministry and mission that reflect forms and models of the past.”

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  • Posted by: WNS3234 - Jul. 27, 2019 12:58 AM ET USA

    What woeful things will come about cannot fully be foreseen. Given, there are new discoveries about how human behavior works, with neuroscience providing many salient insights. Yet there seems to be a stubborn opposition which insists that past practices are obsolete, and moral absolutes provided through tightly reasoned analyses have little worth. The grave danger of "creeping infallibility" seems to be infecting magisterial matters.