For Douthat, the teachings on marriage are bound up with the affirmations of the Creed. The reviews have indeed been mixed: And as far as I can tell, that does not exist at the moment. I mean, illness changes your perspective on life in a lot of different ways. The liberal side of the argument, he argues, avoids identifying such a breaking point.
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That core doctrinal controversy raises broader issues. So how can he be so confident about the indissolubility of marriage? This article first appeared in the April 6th issue of the Catholic Herald. Why does Douthat make people so cross? During the writing of To Change the ChurchDouthat has been seriously ill. The Church and its members can show civil society the path out of the present crisis.
This is a free article. In Octoberas the Vatican synod on the family reached its acrimonious finale, a debate broke out in the opinion pages of the New York Times. Doing so will inevitably amount to a reaffirmation of the liberal creed. He suggested that the Pope was actively, if subtly, pushing for such a change: The Trump administration, crippled by moral compromises, almost certainly amounts to merely a temporary respite. So how can he be so confident about the indissolubility of marriage?