Conscience -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
Pope Francis is a beloved figure in many circles. Progressives love his economic and environmental vision, but they seem confounded by his mostly traditional views on marriage equality and birth control. Traditional Catholics on the other hand don't seem enthralled by his economic views and his less that passionate commitment to medieval liturgies. So, his latest missive will likely frustrate many. Titled Amoris Laetitia, it emphasizes mercy and pastoral accommodation, but doesn't change the rules. Thus, it won't satisfy those wanting change, but then if he had gone all the way he would have had a major revolt from those on the right and from those in the Global South, whose views of marriage and sexuality are much more traditional. I offer Martin Marty's analysis, which is always helpful. Take a read and offer your thoughts!