How Catholicism might be revived
Catholics is bringing us a three part essay by Dr Christopher Geraghty. The first part ends with:
The kind of Church we want, the kind of Church I would like to see is more open, more inclusive, more local, decentralized, less legalistic, more pastoral, more women-friendly – a community which can laugh and dance, which sings joyfully and celebrates, which can humbly admit sinfulness and seek forgiveness, one which champions the cause of the poor, of prisoners, the blind, refugees and the disabled. I want a Church which is not frightened of ideas but which encourages its prophets and thinkers, one which searches and struggles to talk to and communicate with the world, not one constipated by wealth, property, dogma, rituals, power and status. Out there in the market-place rather than in the sacristy, challenging secular authority, not sleeping with it, preaching the simple message of the Word of God rather than defending the indefensible. I want the life and the belief system of my Church to be much simpler and more in tune with the style, the life and message of Jesus – and I want it to show a preference for the poor.
". . . in such a way that the co-responsibility of all the members of the People of God in their entirety is gradually promoted, with respect for vocations and for the respective roles of the consecrated and of lay people. This demands a change in mindset, particularly concerning lay people. They must no longer be viewed as ‘collaborators’ of the clergy but truly recognised as ‘co-responsible’ for the Church’s being and action, thereby fostering the consolidation of a mature and committed laity." (Pope Benedict XVI, 26 May 2009, St John Lateran)
We have found an interesting paper on this
Tablet Lecture, 5 October 2012
by Robert Blair Kaiser
In a few days, the pope will be commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. He will do so at a synod of the world's bishops who may be told, that the Council did not have much of anything new to say to the world's more-than-one billion Catholics, and that, when the Council did come up with anything arresting and original, it was wrong and should be reversed and repudiated. In a way, the pope himself is saying the Council was a failure.
So, curiously, is Hans Kung. He is saying the Council did not go far enough. A good many liberal Catholics are echoing Kung. Just a few weeks ago, the late Cardinal Martini of Milan said in his last interview that the Church that Pope John XXIII tried to update is 200 years behind the times. In a way, both wings in the Church are saying the Council was a failure.
I do not believe the Council was a failure. It has already changed the way we live--and think--as Catholics. In my opinion, as one devoted to the memory of Vatican II, I believe the charter that was written there is the only thing that will save the Church, the people-of-God Church, not the hierarchical Church.
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