It is said that the Catholic Church moves in centuries. We also frequently hear of people getting no response from Rome, be they theologians under a cloud, victims of sexual abuse, or anyone else daring to say something critical. How does this square with Jesus’ respectful way of operating? He addressed people’s issues right there and then.
I understand very well the concerns of those who consider the comments of some church leaders as undervaluing the importance of doctrine and of full visible (that is to say, ecclesial, sacramental) communion as the nature and goal of the ecumenical movement.
Given the contentious interpretations of Amoris Laetitia, the obscurity at the centre and the fear of “subjective” interpretations if decisions are left to individual bishops, is there not a case for returning to early Church practice and calling Local Councils?
I was disappointed by Tracey Rowland’s account of Australian Catholicism (“Bearing the southern cross”, 18 February). We are facing a terrible crisis in the Australian Church, with the sexual abuse Royal Commission, and all she has to offer is an elitist fantasy of a bevy of bishops with Oxford degrees somehow rescuing us.
I cannot understand why, in the third millennium, Latin should be the arbiter for determining translations into other languages. If the theology of the Mass can be explained catechetically in any language, why not compose authentic liturgy using vernacular language from the outset?
I congratulate you on your editorial “Reclaim the laity before it’s too late” (28 January). The parallels between Martin Luther and the modern Church should ring alarm bells. Pope Francis asked the Irish bishops to become goalkeepers in the game of being Church in our time.
Matthew Quinn’s letter (21 January) should set alarm bells going, because unless the issues he raises are addressed, prospects for our Catholic schools look uncertain. Our schools have always been reliant on headteachers and staff with a profound sense of calling to the education of the children.
Parishes are hearing a lot about evangelisation and I would like to know how the laity are supposed to move forward and evangelise the young who have lapsed (and, indeed, adults too) when our bishops will not listen to us or take on board ideas and plans for the future of today’s Church.