Father Thomas J. Rosica is a member of the Congregation of St. Basil. He is the Executive Producer of Salt + Light Television. He was also the official spokesman for the Vatican's English-language bureau for last year's Synod on the Family. He continues in this role for this year's Synod which begins today.
"Will this Pope re-write controversial Church doctrines? No. But that isn't how doctrine changes. Doctrine changes when pastoral contexts shift and new insights emerge such that particularly doctrinal formulations no longer mediate the saving message of God's transforming love. Doctrine changes when the Church has leaders and teachers who are not afraid to take note of new contexts and emerging insights. It changes when the Church has pastors who do what Francis has been insisting: leave the securities of your chanceries, of your rectories, of your safe places, of your episcopal residences go set aside the small minded rules that often keep you locked up and shielded from the world."