Since its beginning, Christianity has had to change its never-to-be-changed dogma to adjust to reality. It began with Paul deciding to market the faith to gentiles. It again happened when Galileo saw that the earth moved around the sun instead of the opposite. Now, the faith is again between a rock and a hard place.
The faith’s weak spot is believing there is ”divine revelation”. All kinds of things are reported to be absolutely true based on someone’s dream or vision. The dream or vision is important if it happened to an important person. When a revelation turns out to be wrong, great pains are taken to avoid changing horses.
Columnist Cal Thomas wrote recently the church needs to find some position that does not pit its fundamental belief about marriage against equal rights for all. That’s how the Catholic bureaucracy tried to slip slide the Galileo problem for 400 years.
The church said (paraphrasing), “Look Galileo, you make a powerful case with your telescope. But, the Church is never wrong. Luckily, we can do a little shuck and jive. Let’s agree on this statement, ’The Church is correct that the sun actually rotates around the earth, but your deal the earth moves around the sun is an interesting theory’.”
Galileo did not agree. He spent some decades under house arrest. The Church has never said, “We were wrong about that.”
Perhaps there will b a divine revelation from the Pope. It needs to accommodate homosexuality, but not admit the conservative Christian position was wrong from the start.