Catholic Church Reverses Position on Marriage for Sterilized Catholics

For the past two years, the Catholic Church has denied marriage to Catholics who had been forcibly sterilized by the German government, but today that position is reversed - perhaps because there is a growing number of Catholics who fall into this category and who might become alienated from the Church entirely otherwise.

The original declaration, made by Archbishop Conrad Gröber of Freiburg, stated:

"The Church has great sympathy for such persons, but she cannot change her basic position, based on the natural law."

What's important to note is that Gröber's statement is completely accurate: given the Catholic Church's position on the nature of marriage, no other conclusion is possible. This is, then, an example of the Catholic Church quickly altering a position due to popular pressure rather than any changes in their understanding of natural law.

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