March 24, 2013

Wrongly expressed...

Leon Podles writes, Judging or Banning?:

John Allen wrote about the papal election:  "No matter what happens, the church almost certainly won't reverse its bans [my emphasis] on abortion, gay marriage or women priests."

Ralph McInerney, who should have known better, also referred to the Church's "ban" on contraception.

The use of the words "ban" or "prohibition" are profoundly misleading, since these words refer to an act of the will.

However, the magisterium of the Church is not an act of the will, but of the intellect. It is matter of judgment. That is, the Church through its various organs, councils, synods, popes, and theologians, makes a judgment about a matter of the moral law. This judgment is guided by the Holy Spirit into a gradual attaining of the truth. At certain points the judgment becomes infallible - that point is sometimes a matter of debate.

The Church has not "banned" contraception or abortion; it has made a judgment that these actions are intrinsically wrong and contrary to the structure of reality that God has created....
Posted by John Weidner at March 24, 2013 6:52 PM
Weblog by John Weidner