ORF Online (Austrian Broadcasting’s web news site), representative of most mainstream media outlets, today has the headline, “Gay marriage: Catholic Church fails to open up”. This is in reference to the fact that the final document of the Bishops’ Synod in Rome continues to insist on marriage being between a man and a woman, and because no final “resolution” was reached for the issue of divorced and remarried Catholics’ admission to the Eucharist.
This, however, is less of a statement about the Catholic Church and more about the deficient and wrong understanding of the nature of the Church which prevails in the secular media.
What actually happened is this: despite enormous pressure from without and within the Catholic Church stayed true to itself and to the biblical revelation of the nature of man and of marriage. From my Evangelical perspective that is something to be applauded.
Sadly some Evangelical “global players” (most recently Hillsong Church) do not demonstrate such clarity and faithfulness, not to mention the apostasy of many mainline churches on this and other doctrines.