by bad decisions.
We still reel from the sexual abuse scandal where the Church's initial response was manifestly inadequate and where some authorities, in their attempts to protect the institution, exposed innocent young people to grave harm. We want and pray
We were shocked at the lack of due process in the way Bishop Morris, a dedicated pastor, was removed from his diocese.
We were dismayed by the failure to consult properly on the new English translations of our liturgy.
We can no longer accept the patriarchal attitude towards women within our Church, and we fear that an extended claim to infallibility is stifling discussion on many important issues.
These issues include some teachings on human sexuality, as well as new forms of ministry for women and married men; the latter an anomaly for a Church committed to equality, and which welcomes married ministers from other Christian traditions.
These concerns undermine confidence and trust in you our leaders.
for a renewed Church
that follows Christ more closely
in every way.
We need a Church committed to authentic collegiality and subsidiarity. I have read pathetic nonsense in my day,
We seek an open, transparent and accountable Church, which respects due process, rejects every form of discrimination, listens to its people, promotes co-responsibility in every facet of its mission and ministry, and is compassionate to its core.
We call for an outward-facing Church totally committed to justice, peace, ecumenism and dialogue with other faiths, and which advocates unequivocally for the rights of the oppressed and disadvantaged while tending practically to their needs.
We need and want a Church where we are 'all one in Christ, with no more distinctions … between male and female' (Galatians, 3:28) and whose leaders read well the signs of the times and interpret them in the light of the Gospel.
As a first step towards collegiality and subsidiarity, we call on each diocesan bishop to convene at an early date a synod in his diocese, under the provisions of Canon Law (C.460-468), to discuss how the local Church might be a more authentic witness in the 21st century.
We also ask that Pope Benedict allow a return to a more accountable and consultative process for the appointment of bishops, giving both priests and people a real voice as was earlier Church practice.
This could commence with the appointment of the next bishop of Toowoomba.
For all of us Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. As the People of God and your sisters and brothers in Christ, who together seek the Kingdom of God, we pray that the Spirit will guide us all ever closer to Jesus in the critical task of renewal.
The Undersigned P
but this takes the cake.
The open-letter complains bitterly about some failures within The Church all of which were caused by the likes of the petition composers.The colossal nerve
(I presume that the petition was compiled by a group or by a person with advisers.)
It is modernism that has undermined The Church, the Priesthood, Catholic education, the Sacraments and, as Pius Tenth declares:- there is no part of Catholic truth which they leave untouched, none that they do not strive to corrupt. (Pascendi)
And now, in this arch-hypocritical petition we find the very same type of people complaining about the very things they, themselves and their comrades and predecessors, have brought about.
There was no mention of the spirit of Vatican Two in the petition, as one would have expected, but this sense is still apparent, reading between the lines.
The open-letter asks that Bishops be appointed as in previous times!!
This, after the Pope and his Magisterium has had to take steps to control and/or remove heretical Bishops who promoted the very same defiance.
They want a return to past decades and they want more Bishops of the ilk of Bishop Morris and they want less control by the Holy Pontiff!
Can you believe this effrontery!
They note their agreement with Bishop Morris' proposals; in his sympathy for the idea of Priestesses and married Priests!!! They even quote Scripture (Galations 3:28) 'all one in Christ, with no more distinctions … between male and female' ignoring the Truth that Christ appointed only men to the Sacred Ministry, even though his blessed Mother is the most sainted Catholic of all ages!
Throughout the covering letter and the petition, one is supposed to get the impression that they were compiled by Catholics concerned for The Church and for Truth.
Sophistry at its worst.
of the people behind this,
is indicated by their strong support
for the sacked Bishop of Toowoomba
demanding consideration of some
of the very same things
the Bishop was sacked for;
to the very same people
who sacked him
and/or supported the sacking!