There is another school of moral teaching that can be call "Historical." It looks at history and says that some things change. It also says that a moral action must take into consideration the circumstances/situation of the person. The person counts. Their conscience is functional rather than profoundly flawed by sin. This approach sees the church not as the hierarchy, but as the People of God. The Holy Spirit works through the whole church and not just the ordained. Sex issues would be lightening rods here. Is birth control everywhere and always wrong? The neo-manualists (see yesterdays blog) would say yes. There is an absolute/always/everywhere truth when it comes to sex. The historical moralist would say, "It depends." This latter demands that you grow up, develop a conscience that works with God's grace, which means you practice the virtuous life. It also means that the couple work together, share and cooperate. In the former model, the husband could demand sex (the wife renders the debt), so long as no birth control is used.