Vatican says sexual morality is unchanging
In addressing moral problems facing modern men and women, Catholic theologians must recognise that certain concepts regarding the dignity of human life and sexuality are unchanging, the Vatican has said.
Moral theologians may be tempted to answer questions "with responses that are more conforming to the sensitivities and expectations of the world than to the thinking of Christ,"" according to an article in Wednesday's edition of the Vatican newspaper.
The article in L'Osservatore Romano, signed with three asterisks to signify its publication was approved at the highest levels of the Vatican, was published alongside a notification criticising some works by Redemptorist Fr Marciano Vidal, a Spanish moral theologian.
The notification from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the priest's work was erroneous or ambiguous on several moral questions, including contraception, homosexuality, masturbation and in vitro fertilisation.