RJ: So, you think they have enough? [everybody nods] Well, they don’t. For humans, enough is *never* enough!
Here I violate my own rule about not talking or even thinking about the late synod, but only at a high, strategic level, to point out something that has gotten far too little attention:
Do you think, does anybody think, that giving in to whatever degree whatsoever, to demands that the Church loosen its moral rules around sex will be enough? That, if the church were to say: OK, divorced and remarried Catholics, it’s totally up to your well-formed (?!?) consciences whether you are good to go to receive communion, and, by the way, there are certain aspects of gay partnerships that aren’t all bad – does anyone think such actions would calm things down? That, all in all, people would be appeased? That the clamour for the Church to get with the times would subside?
Such a wish, if in fact anyone really entertains it (which I doubt) is so detached from reality and history to be delusional. What we’ve seen throughout the history of our mainline Protestant brethren is that, once the idea that sex is for something specific (creating families and children) is lost, there is no bottom. Once it is conceded that sex does not find fullness and holiness only within a marriage properly understood, but can have other or no meaning, there is nothing in the way of the worst aspects of the culture we have now.
So, if you like the culture we have now, with its hookups, callousness, shallowness, perversity, abortions and commitment to the destruction of the family, then give that mouse a cookie. Otherwise, try to be as clear and merciful as possible about what the Church teaches, and has always taught, and leave the rest up to God.