Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"Why The Catholic Church Must Change: A Necessary Conversation"

"Why The Catholic Church Must Change" 
is freely available online at:

"Why The Catholic Church Must Change" explains the contextual approach to understanding the bible and its ramifications on major issues ensnarling the RomanCatholic Church. Although the church has embraced a contextual reading, so many of its policies are grounded in tradition and literal readings of select lines from the bible. Of course Genesis is not a literal description of our origins. Our understanding of physics, biology and common sense make that clear. However, the meanings from the Genesis story are much richer than one might draw from a description of Adam, Eve and a talking snake. To its credit, the Roman Catholic Church acknowledges that. However on other issues, especially women clergy, homosexuality and contraception, the church has blinders and hails to a narrow literal interpretation of sentences lifted out of context to justify narrow, human prejudices. --- The description of the issues are masterful.

The author does have a small chip on her shoulder owing to past employment grievences, and she is forthcoming about that. In this case, her experiences illustrate the clericalism of the church and its insistence on obedience above all else. Unfortunately, in the small fiefdoms that make up the Catholic Churchthe quality of teaching and leadership is entirely dependent upon a few ordained men.

This was an interesting read after Gary Wills book, "Why Priests". While Wills' book was very academic difficult for me to follow... not to say boring in parts due to exceedingly academic discussions of what appeared minutia to me.. this one was very readable and engaging. Logic, good will and inspiration characterized the elaborations of thearguments and discussion.

The major premise was that the thinking of the church should be in motion. The teaching of core issues is different today than it was 300, 500 and 1200 years ago because of our growth. The Church should be even better 100, 300 and 800 years from now.

Finally, I have wondered why Catholics have been faithful to a church that has so often rejected them. The Magisterium’s understanding and teachings about women and homosexuals, for example, are ignorant and sad, to say the least. But I sense that Wills, Ralph and others of their ilk recognize that all institutions will be imperfect. They are taking the long view, anticipating the church as it will be in 100 years. ... 

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