The Church’s catalogue of ills | CatholicCulture.org

For those who did not see Dr Jeff Mirus’ fine recent article, the following are held (by some, at least) to be the four main problems the Church seems to be facing today, or are indicative of them.

1. Why did Pope Benedict resign his office?

2. Why is the Vatican Bank in such a mess?

3. Why is canon law evidently hard to enforce?

4. Why can’t the Church hierarchy be more open and transparent about its inner workings?

(What, no sex abuse?)

The first two can be more or less dismissed and are largely preoccupations of the media, but Dr Mirus, unsurprisingly, has a good deal more to say on the latter two, much of it encouraging.

A few quotes to pique CP&S readers’ interest:

. . . One thing that we need to remember is that organizations and governments which pride themselves on “openness” are typically simply masters of spin. Churchmen prove again and again that they are very bad at spin (as they should be), so I suppose they prefer secrecy.

. . . Consider all the efforts at accommodation, the apologies for this and that, the establishment of mixed study groups and commissions, ever-growing ecumenical awareness, a wider net of discussion, and even the inclusion of outsiders in some of her deliberations. Is lack of listening really a contemporary problem?

. . . We should not confuse what is currently a very religiously weak and secularized Western culture with a lack of interest in energizing the laity, or the lack of opportunity among those who are energized.

Please read his complete commentary here.

 

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4 Responses to The Church’s catalogue of ills | CatholicCulture.org

  1. Toadspittle says:

    “1. Why did Pope Benedict resign his office?
    2. Why is the Vatican Bank in such a mess?
    The first two can be more or less dismissed and are largely preoccupations of the media,

    Yes, by all means go on thinking that. Hand clasped firmly over ears and eyes. I can’t hear them! I can’t see them! Case dismissed!
    You might say that, right now, the loony media is “preoccupied” with the MH370 plane crash.
    And then, you might think to ask why. The media run these stories because they are newsworthy stories.
    Not because they are “preoccupied” with belabouring poor persecuted Catholics.

  2. GC says:

    Yes, they help to sell more beer and shampoo. And more snickers, evidently.

  3. kathleen says:

    This is a very interesting and revealing topic GC. It took me a while to find the time to read all the links, and then further links, but I’m glad I eventually did.

    In short I would say that too many complain about the ‘mote’ in the ‘eye’ of the Church, whilst totally unaware of the ‘beam’ in their own!!

    As GK Chesterton said, a Church that is pleasing to the world does Herself no good:
    The Church cannot move with the times; simply because the times are not moving. The Church can only stick in the mud with the times, and rot and stink with the times… The Church has the same task as it had at the beginning of the Dark Ages; to save all the light and liberty that can be saved, to resist the downward drag of the world, and to wait for better days. So much a real Church would certainly do; but a real Church might be able to do more. It might make its Dark Ages something more than a seed-time; it might make them the very reverse of dark. It might present its more human ideal in such abrupt and attractive a contrast to the inhuman trend of the time, as to inspire men suddenly for one of the moral revolutions of history; so that men now living shall not taste of death until they have seen justice return…. we need, however, not a church that moves with the world. We need a church that moves the world.

  4. Toadspittle says:

    “In short I would say that too many complain about the ‘mote’ in the ‘eye’ of the Church, whilst totally unaware of the ‘beam’ in their own!!”

    …In other words – Yes Catholics are bad, but everyone else is worse.

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