A SIGN OF THE GOOD HEALTH OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.
But what happened to the "EX CATHEDRA" teachings of Popes?
Pope Francis has not been guided to such a formulation as yet. But it
would take nothing less than such a pronouncement to settle such
fundamental human and magisterial issues as non-abortifacient
contraception and the "unitive function of sex" for committed married
couples, Holy Communion for divorced persons who are otherwise
faithful, in-vitro fertilization in special circumstances and with
safeguards for the fetus, no Abortion under Any circumstances except to
save the Life of the mother, and the Right of Self-Determination for
end-of-life questions - but not for euthanasia.
The resolution of
these questions, at the heart of vital concerns of the Laity - the Body
of the Church - would go a long way to resolving the central question
of Who Is A Catholic, and of who wants to be. A very difficult question
for all, but an honest one. God remains merciful.GS