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I’m not here to argue whether or not the Catholic Church should modernize or whether it should do so liberally or conservatively. I just want to break down the reasons why, I think, the Church will not move toward the liberal side of the political spectrum.
I just think that some of the arguments might be borne out of an ignorance of the Catholic Church’s teachings. So, I hope to simply and concisely remedy that.
1. Women priests and marriage of priests
These two are tied to the same ideology. The Church believes that priests are representatives of Christ on Earth. Not greater than any person, but a more significant symbol of Him. Christ compared Himself to the Church as a bridegroom and often called the Church his bride. If priests are to symbolize Christ and His relation to the Church, they must be married to it. Just as when two women are joined, they are both called brides, and two men, grooms, the priest is the groom and the church his bride.
2. Same-sex marriage
The Church believes marriage to be the union of a man and a woman in order to bring life into the world. Regardless of your stance on the issue, it is not possible for same-sex partners to conceive a child on their own.
What if society made civil unions equal to marriage (tax breaks, custody, health care, etc.), but redefined marriage as only a union created within a church? You could say that’s just arguing semantics, but if living in a fraternity taught me anything it’s that semantics are one of the few things we will always agree upon to argue.
The idea is against the Church’s teachings on marriage (see above). The Church teaches that the marital act (sex) is reserved for a married couple and is the ultimate giving of oneself to another. Contraception denies not only the Godly act of creating a child, but also the complete giving of yourself to another.
The Church acknowledges that life begins at conception. The Church will always fight for life. Life is a gift; as such, we should not destroy it. Pretty sure the Church is also against the death penalty. The Church fights for human rights.
Pope Francis I is probably not going to change the Church’s stance on any of these issues. Sorry, guys. But that doesn’t mean he won’t bring reforms to the Church in other areas or lead the Church in furthering God’s glory on Earth. It just means that the Catholic Church will not be as “modern” as some people want it to be.