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Of course. I just think you're wrong. To cite an obvious example, most Catholic couples in the developed world practise contraception, which means that they reject a teaching widely judged to be deeply harmful. Really and truly, the powers that be don't display Catholicism's best side when pronouncing on sex. The link between this and misplaced authoritarianism is also clear. When he reaffirmed the ban on contraception in 1968, Paul VI rejected the advice of a clear majority of theologians and medical experts on the commission he'd set up. This illustration could be repeated at length, alas. On gay rights, I think the Church should state its view by all means, but then respect the wishes of the democratic majority.
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