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Church not stagnant

March 6, 2015
Chelsea Reidy
Oakland

In George Weigel’s recent review of the “60 Minutes” segment on Pope Francis (Jan. 28), he states that Catholics have been discussing controversial issues such as “family planning, the nature of human love, and the indissolubility of marriage” for years and have come to the conclusion that the Catholic church’s view on these issues has not changed and will not change.

I politely disagree with the second part of Weigel’s assessment. I am in agreement with the idea that topics such as gay marriage, birth control and other current topics are not new topics in the church; and the church has not tried to ignore these topics or make blanket statements against them without allowing for discussion. However, I disagree with his assertion that discussion on these topics has ended and those with “dissenting” ideas have effectively lost the debate. The fact that those high in the church hierarchy continually meet to discuss how the Catholic faith is being carried out is proof that the church is not stagnant. 

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