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WE NEED A LISTENING CHURCH: THE TRAGIC LESSON OF HUMANAE VITAE

by Ted Schmidt

One of the huge problems confronting modern Catholicism is its failure to embrace the holiness of democracy. For too long we’ve tolerated that old canard that "the Church is not a democracy" –casually dismissing the experience of millions. In the area of sexuality and marriage this has been disastrous. Arrogant and patronizing are other words, which also come to mind. Single celibates tread on thin ice when arrogating to themselves the right to interpret the experience of married lay Catholics or homosexuals. …
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