God Is Not Afraid, But Bishops Are

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It appears my reluctance to embrace the Vatican’s inclusive new stance on gays was appropriate. Just a week after the initial statement, the bishops backtracked, then watered-down the original wording, then failed to accept even that. And we’re right back where we started.

The AP reported:

Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

The bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals that stripped away the welcoming tone of acceptance contained in a draft document earlier in the week.

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There’s an old saying to the effect that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting a different result. Despite many attempts to modify things, the Catholic Church remains faithful to its dogma and is unwilling to change. Even when, as is the case in the United States, 30 states have embraced the right of same sex couples to marry, the church is not swayed. Many in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church seem to pride themselves on believing their call is to remain faithful to the teachings of the early church, many of which are out of touch with the everyday Catholics they now serve.

Pope Francis appears to be the most likely person in some time to move the Church forward. Again and again he has proved himself willing to work toward change. In fact, chastising his recalcitrant bishops, he recently declared that “God is not afraid of new things.” Yet, somewhat like the situation that prevails between President Obama and our senate, he finds it difficult to make significant progress within the synod. The conservative block is so powerful.

Sometimes it seems only a mass exodus of the faithful will move the church. I wonder what would happen should all those who believe in embracing gay persons and giving them and divorced Catholics their full rites, leave the Catholic Church? Would it matter to the church leaders? It should!

Until all people do matter, the Church will continue to falter and will never be the Church it is called to be.

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