A senior Irish cleric has launched a broadside at Pope Benedict XVI and his senior advisers, accusing them of attempting to row back on Catholic Church reforms initiated in the 1960s by Vatican II.He said the Pope and his governing body, the Curia, was far too insistent on demanding unswerving obedience to the Holy See while stifling dialogue among the laity and the ministry.
"It is a bit like Walmart, where you have the CEO in Rome and his people there decide on policy and then insist that the bishops, as branch managers, implement that policy," said Fr Sean McDonagh, a founder of the 800-strong Association of Catholic Priests, which was set up two years ago to give a voice to priests within the Irish Church.
"If Rome says ‘jump’ are we simply expected to say, ‘how high?’ Operating like a multinational where the number one requirement is obedience is at total variance with the Church of Jesus," said Fr McDonagh. He was speaking in advance of a survey published today that shows a widening gap between the views of practising Catholics in Ireland and the Vatican.
Referring to growing support among the laity to allow women be ordained to the priesthood, Fr McDonagh said the ban on women priests in the early Church was understandable within the cultural framework that existed then, but had little relevance now.
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Friday, April 13, 2012
Cleric objects to Vatican’s ‘diktat culture’
Cleric objects to Vatican’s ‘diktat culture’ - irishexaminer