The Practical Problems of the Pastoral Approach

With the survey on the family being issued by the Vatican pundits are proposing that this is some kind of democratization of the church which will bring in widespread laxity in church discipline. Here is my article of for Aleteia on the “pastoral approach”

The “pastoral approach” is sometimes seen as code for a priest turning a blind eye to breaking church law. If a priest allows a divorced and remarried couple who have not had a decree of nullity to receive communion, he may say he has done it “for pastoral reasons.” When a priest overlooks a couple’s cohabitation and allows them a splashy white wedding with all the trimmings, he may defend his decision “for pastoral reasons.” A priest might attend a same-sex marriage ceremony saying he is supporting the couple “for pastoral reasons.”

Read the whole thing here.