Ecclesial Positivism vs. Christian Realism

Posted September 7, 2017 9:17 pm by Eduardo J. Echeverria

Ecclesial Positivism vs. Christian Realism

In Politique et Société (“Politics and Society”), a recently published book-length interview with Pope Francis by Dominique Wolton, a French sociologist, Francis responds to a question about marriage: “Marriage can only be between a man and a woman. . . .We cannot change it. This is the nature of things, not just in the Church, but in human history.”
Francis thus undercuts the root objection to this assertion by those Catholics – such as Australian Jesuit Frank Brennan – who support the civil marriage of same-sex couples while distinguishing the latter from marriage in a sacramental sense. Canonist Edward N. Peters

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