A very important event in the Church today is the re-emergence of an understanding of the Sensus Fidelium, what the Christian people believe, accept, and reject. It is here, the Sensus Fidelium, wherein resides the promise of Christ to protect us from error with the guidance of the Spirit. Church hierarchy (the rulers) have taught what to believe, accept, and reject, but always with acceptance or a corrective response by theologian (experts) and the faithful even from the very beginning. (Acts 15)
And it is the voice of the faithful that reforms the Church, and "Ecclesia semper Reformanda" (The church must always be reformed).
The Pope recently reiterated that the priesthood is for men only; that teaching is false, as it is in conflict with Sensus Fidelium. Over 70% of the faithful endorse the ordination of women priests.
The Church continues to hold that the use of artificial contraception is a sin; that teaching is false, as it is in conflict with Sensus Fidelium. The vast majority of the faithful do not accept this teaching.
As to the acceptance of gay relationships, I will admit the faithful are not there yet, but the trend is ongoing and positive.
When the Church's teaching conflicts with one's conscience; one's conscience shall dictate.
“Over the Pope as the expression of the binding claim of ecclesiastical authority, there still stands one’s own conscience, which must be obeyed before all else, if necessary even against the requirement of ecclesiastical authority.”Our service is to be to our fellow man, and our guiding light is the Christ, not the Church.
Cardinal Ratzinger, Doctrine of Vatican II, volume V, page 134