Only one document was specifically condemned in the recent doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Council of Women Religious: a training manual called the Systems Thinking Handbook. Why? What was wrong with it?
Posts Tagged Obedience
8,235 signatories in Flanders (the Dutch-speaking half of Belgium), including politicians and intellectuals as well as about a tenth of all Flemish priests, deacons and lay Church workers, have called for reforms including ordination of women and married people. The head of the Belgian bishops’ conference accepted the petition along with the Flemish bishops and thanked the group.
Paul Vallely’s article echoes a number of quite pained reactions I have been hearing from balanced, committed UK Catholics over the past weeks.
What I think is problematic is the idea that church leaders can resolve controversies simply by calling for religious submission or by branding those who disagree as lacking in faith.
For at least as long as there has been codified liturgical law every “organic development” has begun life as a “liturgical abuse.”
“I had hoped that what we got would be basically OK; from what I have seen so far, it’s mostly not OK. If it is a done deal, and if we are facing a sure implementation of this text, then all we can do is pray it as best we can and give it our best shot.”
Critics of the soon-to-be-implemented translation find themselves in the position of learning from those whom they might normally consider their opponents, namely, those who enthusiastically welcome the new translation after having spent years praying a translation that they dislike.
Fr. Anthony has published an open letter to the Bishops. I think it is important and the act of a dedicated man. In commenting I want to make what I think is a needed observation about obedience and collegiality. I also provide a link to the entire letter, in case PrayTell readers have missed the full text.