(A)dmitting the divorced-and-remarried to communion … conflicts sharply with the church’s historic teaching on marriage’s indissolubility.
Except that it really doesn’t.
Did he say “precipice”?
I like to watch a bit when amateur theologians, especially conservatives, attempt to tackle the maze of history. There was a time when murderers, adulterers, and apostates were simply kicked out of the Body. There was no reconciliation, no Penance, no hope for a hug. Only the mercy of God in the wide world.
And that changed, but the Gospels did not.
Mr Douthat asserts that we have to be saved from contradiction. I don’t think so. We just need more fallible memories.
On second thought, perhaps better memories would be in order. Remembering timeless lessons from Luke 15:11ff, and especially for the conservatives who have propped up the Church. those verses 28-32.
A Church near a precipice? If that’s where the lost are, that’s a good thing.