Ringing the Changes on Change -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
Since taking over as Pope, Francis has been slowly turning the ship called the Catholic Church away from its recent fascination with culture war issues, pointing to the importance of compassionate ministry, especially among the poor. Not everyone is happy with the changes within the church, though Francis has a lot of supporters. While Francis hasn't signaled a change in his lack of support for marriage equality, he does seem to understand the importance of change. As Martin Marty notes, there are within the Catholic tradition resources that can help them and all of us deal with the reality that sometimes change just is needed! The recent vote in overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Ireland to embrace same-sex marriage (by a huge margin) has gotten Catholic leaders, at least in Ireland, paying attention to the changes afoot. The question is -- are the rest of us aware? Take a read!