Can Church teaching on homosexuality ever change?
• No doctrine is understood to be infallibly defined unless it is clearly defined as such. Code of Canon Law, 1983, Canon 749 3 • We need to learn more about this reality. I think the churchs present disposition is based on a certain body of facts and experience thats to be honored and I intend to honor it. But we need to continue learning from new facts and new experiences and I dont know with enormous clarity what tomorrows church might say about the issue were talking about today. Bishop Matthew H. Clark, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Feb. 19, 1997 • That development has occurred in the past is beyond dispute. [T]hese five examples illustrate the development of moral values so that the impermissible becomes permissible (certain marriages, once classed as adulterous; lending with the intention to profit from the loan); the permissible becomes impermissible (slaveholding; the common use of the death penalty); and the obligatory becomes forbidden (the state repression of heresy). The