I heard from a priest that the church has to change its position on homosexuality.
I was as shocked by that as much as I was bewildered by it. Only now, reading a book called The New Reform Judaism by Rabbi Dana Kaplan do I get an idea of a framework in which such a change in the Catholic Church could ever take place – not only about homosexuality but also about ordination of women, etc.
I haven’t gotten so far as the “new” Reform Judaism yet, but I’ve been reading his history of Reform Judaism which goes back to Germany in the 18th Century. Its basic position says that the Bible is inspired by God, but is not the dictated word of God; it is the word of men. Both the laws and the rituals were written by men – so can be changed and adapted to new knowledge and science and more sensibilities to the equality of women and the whole different understanding of homosexuality that we have today.
In Reform Judaism (Kaplan says) there is yet no established theology, no central authority, and no dogma. One of the philosophical difficulties he discusses is, in this context, what is Judaism? Similarly, if you tossed out Church theology, authority, and dogma, you’d be on your way to accepting homosexuality and a female clergy, etc. but then there would be the parallel difficulty in defining, What is Catholicism?
Notwithstanding the barriers to that sort of change, that would be ONE framework in which such changes could occur in the Church.