Okay, let’s drill down a bit further then. Let’s take a topic that’s been in debate in my household lately: Marriage.
The Catechism says that marriage is a sacrament: There’s no debate here - this is a matter of faith and it will not change until the end of time when Jesus comes back.
If there is an area of the Catholic faith that has many legal technicalities associated with it, it is marriage. This is where Canon Law comes in. What I’m not clear on is whether the legalities on how the church views marriage is a matter of faith or discipline.
For example, the Catholic Church says that marriages outside of the Catholic church are presumed valid unless proven otherwise provided the spouses are non-Catholic. But in the case of Catholics who leave the faith, those marriages are presumed invalid until blessed in the Catholic Church (at least this is my understanding).
I understand that this is Church teaching and that is the way it is, but is that aspect a changable disciplinary situation, or is that also unchangable?
What I don’t know is whether the process has changed at all or if it could change if the Magisterium saw a need for it. Another example is if there is such a shortfall of priests, concievably the requirement for weekly mass attendence could be revised to fit this changing circumstance. Thoughts?