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....
"Words â€“ whether few or many, vague or clear, weak or strong â€“ do absolutely nothing for the boy who is being sodomized today or the girl who is being raped today. They do nothing to divulge even one carefully-hidden church record about a complicit bishop. They do nothing to help fix archaic, predator-friendly secular laws. They do nothing of substance, especially now, especially in this context: a scandal-ridden, secretive, self-serving church hierarchy that wants to pretend real change is happening." excerpt from Vatican- It's wrong for pope to ask forgiveness, SNAP says
ABC--Australia had an interesting article about how the modern confessional is part of the problem in child abuse. The Confessional is part of the ineffectual The Sacraments similar to voodoo rights, but an anyway.
Alex McClintock wrote: 'It has become evident that many of the priests who were offending were squaring their moral and pastoral lives and their offending lives by going to confession,' says Cornwell. 'Several years ago an ex-priest admitted in court under oath that he had confessed to sexual abuse 1400 times to 32 different priests.'
'There's something very profoundly wrong about this. It should be incumbent on a confessor who is faced with a priest who is making these confessions to say that he will not give absolution unless the priest actually goes to the police and admits what he has done.'
Ah, the Romish Church sure knows how to squeeze a penny! Church urged to open books to transparency--URL=http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2010/09/a_call_for_earthly_justice.html>Holding the Catholic Church accountable for Its Crimes.
Lucy Carter wrote: The chair of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has openly questioned the tactics and ethics of the Catholic Church and its lawyers in fighting a damages claim from a victim of abuse.
Chris Uhlmann wrote: This week, for the first time the Catholic Church will be asked to explain publicly why it failed to tell more than 20 families that their children may have been abused by a paedophile bus driver at St Ann's Special School in Adelaide in the early 1990s.
Are We Really Catholic Bashing? Catholics no, the Romish Church perhaps since the truth seems to get it riled up and and something it wants to cover up, see the video mentioned in the previous message, so bashing the Romish Church perhaps, but way less than it deserves!