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 â€śmissionary dynamicâ€ť of lay people and must pay â€śparticular attention (to) baptized people who do not live according to the requirements of the baptism,â€ť 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 â€śnew methods, a new language that suits different culturesâ€ť in their bid for a â€śnew evangelism,â€ť he said during a closing mass at Saint Peterâ€™s....
Journalist Joanne McCarthy wrote: [When I saw Spotlight] I was just going along as somebody to see a film and I wasn't thinking about it in terms of myself, but there were so many times while watching it where I went, 'Oh, wow! That happened to me. And that, and that!'... There was one moment where a lawyer acting on behalf of the catholic church says to a senior journalist, 'I was just doing my job.'
If I had a dollar for every time somebody has told me that as a way of dodging responsibility...
This looks like an interesting recorded program to listen to according to the description of it. A person's comment on the program, A culture of silence
JGibbons wrote: The image I get from this news story is that of the three monkeys covering their ears, eyes and mouths. This is called the NIMBY defence ..not in my yard. Pell is clearly following the advice of lawyers....deny, deny, deny. So Jesus dies a little more, fades away and then vanishes over the horizon.
This article really demonstrates the power of the Romish priesthood, Parents want Mentone-Parkdale priest removed. They can't toss the bum out on his ear. Protestants are mystified by this. John MacArthur (has yes gasp! a very lengthy) article on The Scandal of the Catholic Priesthood the horrific sexual attacks are bad enough but the Romish priesthood is anti-Biblical. I will extract this small segment from it,
John MacArthur said or, wrote: the sacrament of ordination dispenses a certain grace to the priest. What is that? The dogma says the sacrament of order imprints a character on the recipient, a new character. Iâ€™m quoting. â€śThe character of order enables the possessor to take an active part in Christâ€™s priesthood. It obliges him to dispense the saving treasures of Christâ€ť and hereâ€™s the key, â€śto lead a morally pure life.â€ť At the time of his ordination, which can never be repeated, can never be reverted or rescinded, it is once and for good. Thatâ€™ [the Romists] donâ€™t know what to do with priests who abuse people.
The Boston Globe's John L Allen Jr. wrote: When you go to the Vatican, you have basically stepped through the looking glass. There is an old guard in the Vatican deeply wedded to pre-modern ways of doing business that, in most respects, would strike reasonable people as corrupt and dysfunctional.
For that old guard, George Pell is public enemy number one. He would be seen as the leader of the reform camp that is trying to drag the Vatican, kicking and screaming at times, into the 21st century with notions such as accountability, transparency, quality control and so on.