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Having heard the view expressed within the Church that the 'Word of God' is not actually the 'Word of God' but of man I asked a priest for his thoughts.
However the Catechism of the Catholic Church states
He also said that in his view the church in the past went too heavy in its attitude to matters of a sexual nature. He cited Humanae Vitae as an example of what he meant. I said to him as a Catholic who accepted Humanae Vitae the alternative of accepting artificial methods of contraception both then and now fill me with dread. I said that I believed chastity, purity, and self control were important in a christian life following the will of God.
In the end we agreed to differ accepting we had a loving God.
The difference between us could be summed up in the Gospel story of the woman taken in adultery who was on the verge of being stoned to death when Jesus came on the scene. Knowing they were trying to catch him in a trap, Jesus bent down and began writing on the ground with his finger. They persisted in questioning him until Jesus stood up and said: "Let any of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."
I just wonder if the thinking of the modernists in the Church really believe Jesus suffered. If they realise it was not Roman Soldiers driving in the nails on His sacred hands and feet but our sins.
My concluding comment to my friend was that if I believed what he said then the death of many martyrs who would not compromise on the Word of God was in vain!