It’s not just in Austria. Now priests in Ireland are organizing and pushing for liberalizing reforms, including:
- A redesigning of ministry in the Church, in order to develop the gifts, wisdom and expertise of the entire faith community, male and female.
- A re-structuring of the governing system of the Church, basing it on service rather than on power, and encouraging at every level a culture of consultation and transparency, particularly in the appointment of Church leaders.
- Liturgical celebrations that use rituals and language that are easily understood, inclusive and accessible to all.
I wonder how they feel about the new missal translation. Should PrayTell check into it?
BTW, PrayTell rather enjoys reporting on the various dramas and controversies in the Church (you will have noticed), but that certainly doesn’t mean that we agree with all the people we’re reporting on. In our judgment, the Catholic Church is now in a period of ferment, confusion, creativity, frustration, ambiguity, and renewal. So many calls for reform are coming from so many directions, and they’re not getting any quieter. We rather doubt it will work for Church authorities to clamp down and put a lid on the discussions. Too much pressure is building up in too many places. As for what will come of it, we have no idea. We hope we are making our small contribution to the discusion by spreading newsworthy information and facilitating open discussion. We’re sure the Spirit is blowing somewhere in all this, but we don’t claim to know where.
See the story on the new Irish association here.