Thankfully, change will not occur in the case of the Catholic Church because change would imply past error and error calls into question the entire doctrine of Catholicism – and that is something that the Church would, obviously, never countenance. There's a good chance that once this storm has passed, the Pope will have to restate fundamental doctrine in relation to marriage and sexuality even more strongly than ever before. Some new guidelines might come out about how to deal with special cases – but the media campaign for a rainbow church will come to nothing. Liberals will be disappointed. Conservatives will say it was an awful waste of time that confused many.
Personally, I would rather we got back to simply living the faith rather than obsessively analysing the minutiae of it: a stance that Francis seemed to embrace when he became Pope. Church teaching has lots to offer families in terms of nurturing children, combatting environmental change and disease, and questioning economic systems that squeeze the poor out of the marketplace or put too high a value upon material goods in an age of disturbing inequality. The Church is itself a big family, shaped by the Holy Spirit and not by social fashion. The good shepherd leads his flock, he does not follow it.
Article by Tim Stanley