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*Image: Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1630 [Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam]

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing, April  24, 2021

The Rev. Gerald E. Murray, J.C.D. is a canon lawyer and the pastor of Holy Family Church in New York City.

Fr. Gerald E. MurrayThe present attempt by liberal clerics and laity to compel the Catholic Church to get rid of what they deem unacceptable doctrines on sexual morality necessarily includes efforts to change the language used by the Church in setting out those doctrines in official teaching documents such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church. One strategy employed uses a self-contradictory form of attack: a teaching is dismissed as being unintelligible to modern people because of the use of obscure philosophical language. At the same time the teaching is condemned as cruel and hurtful because those same modern people, it turns out, are perfectly capable of understanding the language and meaning of the teaching. They just don’t like it.  ….

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