Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday called on bishops from around the world to revive the Christian faith among those who have forgotten or abandoned it.
The Church needs a new ‚Äúmissionary dynamic‚ÄĚ of lay people and must pay ‚Äúparticular attention (to) baptized people who do not live according to the requirements of the baptism,‚ÄĚ he said as 262 bishops wound up a three-week huddle that broached all major issues and crises shaking the 2,000-year-old institution.
Clerics must also apply ‚Äúnew methods, a new language that suits different cultures‚ÄĚ in their bid for a ‚Äúnew evangelism,‚ÄĚ he said during a closing mass at Saint Peter‚Äôs....
It should be pointed out that all the various articles I put up about Catholic child abuse on this thread I'm not singling out Australia, to make it look bad, but rather to point out the International problem with the Romish church as an international institution. I would suppose 90% of my articles have to do of what is happening downunder, but at least the other 10% usually reflects on the United States such as the one above. I have to point out that the US has a huge problem with its Romish Church! Catholicism Crisis of Faith (54 Minute YouTube video) done by James McCarthy
Francis Sullivan wrote: Peter Steinfels, one of America's leading Catholic commentators, says that denial and secrecy happened because priests and superiors operated in this closed, self-protective culture, a culture not open to scrutiny, inquiry, interview or evaluation, with little or no accountability and even less transparency from Church leaders back to the Church community. This is despite the clear responsibilities of bishops to build up the faithful and to lead the Catholic community in facing its challenges around the child sex abuse crisis.
just a very interesting and informative piece by an influential Catholic Well worth reading it is a good overall view of the child abuse problem in Australia. It should make American Catholic think as well!
Mike Gendron wrote: ... a Catholic named Rose who heard the Gospel through our ministry and trusted Jesus as her all-sufficient Savior. Convinced she had to leave her church, she asked me to go with her to tell her priest. I welcomed the opportunity, not wanting to give the adversary an opportunity to pluck the imperishable seed from her heart. So, I asked her priest to explain to Rose what she had to do to enter heaven. He responded that she must be baptized, receive the sacraments, attend Mass every week, do good works, obey the commandments, and die without any "mortal" sins. I then asked him to open his Bible to the book of Romans and to read several key verses out loud. When he finished reading, I asked him to reconcile what God‚Äôs word said with what he told Rose. Now the priest knew why I was there. He became defensive and appeared irritated. Each time he tried to reconcile the Bible with Catholic teaching, I gently confronted him with another verse that exposed his error. Finally he threw up his hands and said in frustration, "Look, I don‚Äôt have the authority to interpret the Bible. We rely on the Magisterium to interpret it for us."
Will Carless wrote: ‚ÄúAs developed countries find it tougher to keep predator priests on the job, bishops are increasingly moving them to the developing world where there‚Äôs less vigorous law enforcement, less independent media and a greater power differential between priests and parishioners,‚ÄĚ said David Clohessy, national director and spokesman for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP . ‚ÄúThis is massive, and my suspicion is that it‚Äôs becoming more and more pronounced.‚ÄĚ