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Next Pope has Opportunity to Make Dialogue Sign of “Healthy, Flourishing Faith”

February 19, 2013, 5:54 pm | Posted by Casey Schoeneberger

John Gehring, Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life, argued in yesterday’s USA Todaycatholic church that while the next pope may not radically change the Catholic Church, he will have an opportunity to actively encourage healthy dialogue in the pews:

Gehring writes:

The next pope, whether cheered by conservative Catholics or eyed warily by liberals in the flock, will not abruptly end the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage, the all-male priesthood and contraception even as many practicing Catholics and some clergy find these teachings flawed.

But a new pope — and no church rule requires the Vicar of Christ to be a cardinal or bishop — could send a powerful message by claiming less infallibility and listening more to ordinary Catholics, overburdened pastors and tireless nuns who live out the Gospel from blighted neighborhoods in Cincinnati to remote villages in Kenya. Instead of silencing theologians and stifling debate, a new pope could let it be known that discernment and discussion are signs of a healthy, flourishing faith.

Read the whole op-ed here.

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One Response to “Next Pope has Opportunity to Make Dialogue Sign of “Healthy, Flourishing Faith””

  1. Yrrep says:

    You guys will have to go write your own bible before the church will change their position on these matters.