The Church in the World

Call for a less worldly Church

12 October 2013 | by Robert Mickens | Comments: 8

Italy

All members of the Church have been asked by Pope Francis to strip themselves of the “cancer” of “worldliness” on a moving visit to Assisi which seemed to crystallise the pastoral aims and style he has sought to inculcate in the first seven months of his pontificate. “It is really ridiculous that a Christian, a true Christian – be that priest, sister, bishop, cardinal, pope – chooses to follow this path of worldliness, which is a homicidal attitude,” he said on the 4 October Feast of St Francis, the central Italian town’s most famous saint and his papal namesake. The Argentine Pope said such worldliness “kills the soul … kills persons … [and] kills the Church”. He made his unscripted remarks in the very plac ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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Comment by: Steve
Posted: 17/02/2015 18:32:54

"(T)he impermissible" - what a laugh.

The practice that currently precludes women from ordination is not an infallible teaching - merely the rantings of an ever shrinking misogynist minority of the church which is not universally held and will be "rethought" in the years to come.

End of story.

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Comment by: Maryk
Posted: 09/02/2015 09:16:37

I entirely agree Gemma. Why does Rome still insist on seeing women as 'other' rather than as fellow human beings who all have their own genius, not just a "female genius".

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Comment by: Martin
Posted: 04/02/2015 11:33:03

I'm not really clear what Sr Gemma is calling for. More female involvement in pontifical councils? Fine, and I think this is being done. What else? It's not clear. I hope it's not an oblique call for the impermissible.

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Comment by: Ann Lardeur
Posted: 03/02/2015 22:41:44

There was a discussion on “Woman’s Hour” (BBC Radio 4) three weeks ago on topic of there still being a gender pay gap in U.K. The M.P. said “Women in many cases far out-perform men and it would only be a very stupid daft company which did not wish to recruit women”. I hope the Pontifical Council for Culture will take this thought to heart.

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Comment by: PAC
Posted: 03/02/2015 19:52:06

Thank God For Gemma's female common sense baptism is what matters in the Church and how we place our gifts at the service of the Church. could we remember the Code of Canon Law which states that all the baptised are equal in dignity.

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Comment by: Sister Maureen
Posted: 03/02/2015 14:09:31

"The assembly document has been drafted by a group of women appointed by the council...."

Do we know who made up this "group of women?"

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish
New Castle, Delaware, USSA

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Comment by: Plain Jane
Posted: 03/02/2015 00:41:12

Excellent blog.

"...the huge disparity between the levels of responsibility and professional competence attained by many women within society and the workplace and their systemic exclusion from exercising that competence within the ordinary life of the Church."

The situation in a nutshell.
Well said Dr Simmonds!

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Comment by: Denis
Posted: 02/02/2015 16:56:02

"The English-version video appealing for women to send in material describing their experiences featured an alarmingly glamorous actress who came across like one of the Stepford Wives and provoked more horror than delight."
How sad that there are still men prepared to make this kind of sexist comment. ...er sorry Dr Simmonds, it was you.

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