Pope Benedict XVI Wake Up!

Pope Benedict XVI Wake Up!

As we journey into Advent we hear the words of the Prophet Baruch ” Rise up, Jerusalem! Stand upon the heights; look to the east and see your children gathered from east to west at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing that they are remembered by God (Bar 5:5).The Word of God who unites us is Christ the Lord, the Desired of the nations. It is He who rises from the East as the rising sun.”

Yet Pope Benedict XVI continues to think of the American Church as the American Bishops a view that is not grounded in reality. This was most obvious in his words to the gathered Bishops in Rome at the recent synod of Bishops. If no one is listening to the Pope, how much more are American Catholics not listening to their Bishops as the recent US elections have shown?

The Rainbow Sash Movement (LGBT Catholics in the United States) has constantly called for dialogue; only to be met with a hierarchal wall of autocratic silence. We recognize the dogmatic tensions within the Church especially around the issues of human rights for LGBT people, and gender issues that are particularly magnified by the whole issue of women’s ordination

The reality within the Church is division; no amount of pious white wash can do away with that primary reality. Anytime you have opposites you have tension, and today we are seeing such tension play out throughout the world in our parishes.

Clearly reform is needed in the Church and the Magisterium must engage the Sense of the Faithful in a mature dialogue about these issues or witness further divisions. This must come prior to the new Evangelization or that call will fall on deaf ears. Even basic fairness dictates that we listen to the whole Catholic Community.

What about the searing inequalities and poverty traps caused by questionable economic, political and social measures? Even the US Conference of Catholic Bishops at their fall meeting could not find unity on this matter, so much for a concern for the poor among us.

Pope Benedict XVI asks us to evangelize our fellow humans, but such an evangelization must be grounded in the realities of our times, and not in a fossilized tradition that is threatened by the evolution of dogma.

Statements that promote the hermeneutic of continuity by speaking of “complete fidelity to the word of God and the Church’s magisterium,” only further divides an already divided Church. These are pious rants that will not foster a clear understanding of our current divisions as a Church or lead to healing. Rather it is a clinging to a past that is no longer relative to the contemporary Christ among us. The Pope views himself as a Pope Benedict XVI Wake Up!

As we journey into Advent we hear the words of the Prophet Baruch ” Rise up, Jerusalem! Stand upon the heights; look to the east and see your children gathered from east to west at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing that they are remembered by God (Bar 5:5).The Word of God who unites us is Christ the Lord, the Desired of the nations. It is He who rises from the East as the rising sun.”

Yet Pope Benedict XVI continues to think of the American Church as the American Bishops a view that is not grounded in reality. This was most obvious in his words to the gathered Bishops in Rome at the recent synod of Bishops. If no one is listening to the Pope, how much more are American Catholics not listening to their Bishops as the recent US elections have shown?

The Rainbow Sash Movement (LGBT Catholics in the United States) has constantly called for dialogue; only to be met with a hierarchal wall of autocratic silence. We recognize the dogmatic tensions within the Church especially around the issues of human rights for LGBT people, and gender issues that are particularly magnified by the whole issue of women’s ordination

The reality within the Church is division; no amount of pious white wash can do away with that primary reality. Anytime you have opposites you have tension, and today we are seeing such tension play out throughout the world in our parishes.

Clearly reform is needed in the Church and the Magisterium must engage the Sense of the Faithful in a mature dialogue about these issues or witness further divisions. This must come prior to the new Evangelization or that call will fall on deaf ears. Even basic fairness dictates that we listen to the whole Catholic Community.

What about the searing inequalities and poverty traps caused by questionable economic, political and social measures? Even the US Conference of Catholic Bishops at their fall meeting could not find unity on this matter, so much for a concern for the poor among us.

Pope Benedict XVI asks us to evangelize our fellow humans, but such an evangelization must be grounded in the realities of our times, and not in a fossilized tradition that is threatened by the evolution of dogma.

Statements that promote the hermeneutic of continuity by speaking of “complete fidelity to the word of God and the Church’s magisterium,” only further divides an already divided Church. These are pious rants that will not foster a clear understanding of our current divisions as a Church or lead to healing. Rather it is a clinging to a past that is no longer relative to the contemporary Christ among us.

This Pope has become the product of his own propaganda he views himself as towering intellect, and as one of the great theologians of our time if that was only true. History will judge him in the light what he has not done for this Church. The Church has gotten know this Pope as someone who is just unaware of realities that confront the Church.

It is time for the whole Catholic family to engage in a serious dialogue that is not drunk on the wine of ecclesiastical authority. Clearly the Pope is absolving himself of the role he plays in this disunity by inferring the situation as a collective abrogation of our morality a perception that is not borne out in the signs of our times. It seems the only real thing this Pope is interested in is stuffing the College of Cardinals with other likeminded candidates as if he can sway the outcome of a future conclave so his conservative agenda can be carried on. How little he understands the Holy Spirit.

Ken Wilson
Rainbow Sash Movement

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