Wily Francis is modernising Catholicism while keeping its 'brand'
With great respect, some of the commentators who have such strong views about the teachings of the Catholic Church seldom visit a Catholic church or attend a Mass. As they often proclaim themselves to be agnostics or secularists, why would they do so? Yet, in consequence, they don't always know what is really happening on the ground.
I am not a particularly good Catholic, but I am reasonably observant, and I do listen to Sunday sermons quite closely – both in Ireland and England. They can be very informative.
And I can say, hand on heart, that I have seldom heard, for the last 25 years, a sermon focusing on abortion, gay marriage or contraception. If such subjects are touched on, it is only in a passing allusion.