Fr. Anthony Ruff, Associate Professor of Theology at Saint John’s University in Minnesota, has an interesting piece in his blog
First, on obedience: Obedience is required in the Bible – but it is
above all to God. Unless you can predict the future, you don’t know what
the Catholic Church will believe to be God’s will, and what the
Catholic Church will teach 100 years from now about women’s ordination
or same-sex unions or all the other issues. Neither do I. But we both
know that Church teaching has changed on other issues. To name one
example, Pope Pius IX taught that the right to hold, sell, and buy
slaves is based on natural law. If you had been there in the 19th
century, would you have claimed that obedience required everyone to
accept the pope’s teaching, which we now know was faulty? Or would it
have been true obedience to God to disagree with the Pope?
The full comment is worth reading if you share my interest in religion. In fact the original post and a number of comments are very insightful.
Yes, I am an agnostic Jew. Nevertheless, religion fascinates me. It also defines, in some respects, the opposition to marriage equality and gay rights in general.