Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Priest Cites “Wretched History” of the Papacy Resisting Secular Culture

Fr. Anthony Ruff,  Associate Professor of Theology at Saint John’s University in Minnesota, has an interesting piece in his blog     Pray Tell. If you scroll down the comments, Father Ruff adds the following (emphasis added):

First, on obedience: Obedience is required in the Bible – but it is above all to God. Unless you can predict the future, you don’t know what the Catholic Church will believe to be God’s will, and what the Catholic Church will teach 100 years from now about women’s ordination or same-sex unions or all the other issues. Neither do I. But we both know that Church teaching has changed on other issues. To name one example, Pope Pius IX taught that the right to hold, sell, and buy slaves is based on natural law. If you had been there in the 19th century, would you have claimed that obedience required everyone to accept the pope’s teaching, which we now know was faulty? Or would it have been true obedience to God to disagree with the Pope?
 The full comment is worth reading if you share my interest in religion. In fact the original post and a number of comments are very insightful.

Yes, I am an agnostic Jew. Nevertheless, religion fascinates me. It also defines, in some respects, the opposition to marriage equality and gay rights in general.
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