Petition: Belgian priests and laity call for reforms (UPDATED)

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.

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Moral Theology and Using the New Translation

An anonymous priest observes: “To the extent that we make a choice to ‘obey’ misguided authority, then, prima facie, we are complicit, and are at least materially co-operating with this misguidedness…We cannot prevent the abuse of authority and many of its effects on our liturgical life, but we can at least maintain our integrity by seeking for and striking feasible compromises, as creatively and non-violently as possible. “

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