A Church That Can and Cannot Change

Here’s an interesting new book that I’ve just ordered from Notre Dame Press. “A Church That Can and Cannot Change” by John T. Noonan. He is a judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, California. He was nominated by Ronald Reagan.
A review in America says: The judge’s survey begins with slavery and how it was regarded as morally acceptable from the time of St. Paul and Philemon down thourhg the fathers of the church adn a host of popes and moralists up until its official, long overdue condemnation by the Second Vatican jCouncil which declared slavery to be intrinsically evil. Noonan cites “experience and empathy” as key factors in bringing about the change.

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