The major crisis in the church right now is we’re not talking to one another,” says theologian Margaret Lavin of Toronto’s Regis College. “We’re screaming and shouting at each other and naming and blaming one another.”
This summer, Oxford professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, a leading historian[therefore as an historian he must have some infallible authority over the matters in Christendom] of Christianity, described the church on the verge of schism “over the Vatican’s failure to listen to European Catholics” about Vatican II. Few repeat that warning, and rebels insist they want to work within the church.[Here we go. The Vatican has failed to listen to European Catholics? This doesn't have to do with VII. The Vatican is a city-state, therefore it can not listen nor see. However, the Vicar of Christ lives in the Vatican. When people say "the Vatican" it's just a cover-up because he's afraid to say the Pope. The Pope does not have to listen to European Catholics, Catholics have to listen to him. There are certain cases where we must follow our conscience, but only when it's well-formed. And how many people have well-formed consciences?]
“I’m insulted when people call me a dissident,” says Rev. Brendan Hoban, a founder of the Irish reform group, the Association of Catholic Priests. “I’ve been at the heart of the church for 40 years.”
Still, many warn of a Roman Catholic Church reduced to a sect, or worse.[He's been at the heart of dissent for 40 years. The Association of Catholic Priests is not a reform group, it's just a dissident group]
“The church has to listen to its people,” Hoban says. “The stakes are huge. This is about the implosion of a church. This is about something disappearing.”[Again with the listening to the People stuff; like I said the Church is not a democracy. It's the Mystical Body of Christ! We are not Park Street First Foursquare Congregationalist.]
In many ways, the church is being torn by a classic power struggle. [/s/ what an epiphany /s/] Reformers say Vatican II calls for a more decentralized and democratic church; the Vatican has instead centralized control while cracking down on doctrinal opposition for the past 30 years.[If John Doe went around and broke into 500 houses, wouldn't the government go and crack down on his crime? If this was the case would it be a controversy? So many "Catholics" have misrepresented the Church, and have lied about the teachings of the Church. Instead of teaching Cathechism in school, they've taught their own made-up doctrines and have encouraged opposition to God.]
A church in tune with modernity was a central theme of Vatican II, and reformers believe a more grassroots institution is the way to achieve that. In the process, doctrines preventing women from being ordained, priests from being married, contraceptives from being used and divorced Catholics from receiving communion must at least be reviewed, if not changed.[This is a classic case of journalists lacking understanding proper theology and canon law. This is also a classic excuse]
The backdrop to the battle is a Roman Catholic Church in crisis in Europe and North America. Vocations to the priesthood are drying up and sex abuse scandals reveal a hierarchy often more interested in protecting the institution than protecting children.[drying up like water in a warm fridge. But there were bishops who covered up the abuse scandals, although I guarantee you ihttp://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/1267473--vatican-ii-roman-catholic-church-still-deeply-divided-50-years-after-historic-reforms
t was not our of love and protection of the Church.](skipped over some things about Cardinal Montini, We are Church, the Preachers Initiative...)
Then we focus on a man named McCann who before this mentioned the abuse crisis.
The final straw for McCann came when the Vatican introduced a new translation of the mass late last year without consultations. Some priests have described the new wording as sexist and awkward, and are refusing to use it. [Sexist and awkward. Does he know what the Mass is? It's not about us]
Pope Benedict XVI, whose pontificate has been marked by missteps, scandal and jostling to succeed him, has responded with a characteristic No. He has silenced dissident priests, and in his Holy Thursday homily this spring, told rebels to practice a “radicalism of obedience.”[Missteps? Scandal and jostling to succeed him? When?]There is so much BS in this article. So much, so so so much. It is merely a journal of one journalist's desire to blame every problem on the Church. Please readers, pray for her.
The point of my post is this: the secular media has no right to comment on the matters of the Church, as the secular media is full of lies and contempt anyhow. The only thing that will get good press is if Lady Gaga comes out and defends her openly homosexual boyfriend's seventy-four lovers.
And we are the bigots? The article is quite long but if you have the extra hour or so, feel free to read it.