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.