The Pope’s Joy of Love

This piece from Religious News Service (RNS) is the best I’ve seen about the pope’s new blockbuster. As far as I can tell, and I haven’t looked at the document, there is no change in Church doctrine. If the Church previously said you’re going to hell, you’re still going there for mortal sins such as homosexual acts, use of birth control, or masturbation (yes, it’s still a mortal sin).

However, just because you’re going to hell doesn’t mean Catholics can’t be civil. After all, we’re supposed to love our enemies. You can enter our churches and contribute money. You’re probably not supposed to take Eucharist, but that’s in the fine print at best.