Praying for a Change

The letter below is priceless, Catholic ladies complaining about restriction of power to the hierarchy. Ladies, please, don't you realize that the very escense of Christian, Muslim and Jewish religions is the subjugation of everybody to the power of a celestial dictator? I suggest that you take your grievances to The Office of Oxymoron's (whoops, I mean, Office of Religious Freedom).

The priests (that these ladies have the gall to criticize) have never been able to produce a real live god for all to see but they do claim know the will of god. Obviously, since god refuses to make a personal appearance, priests proclaim rules to please themselves --- in gods name, of course. Priests were the ultimate powermongers, accumulators of obscene wealth and dispensers of cruel death. Powermongers find it very convenient that the people are conditioned to be subservient by a purile belief system. That is why politician's (and other powermongers) positively ooze religion.

Pay, pray and obey --- Chronicle Herald, 28 June 2012

As Roman Catholic laity, we find that there is no internal forum in which we can express our concerns and frustration with what is happening with our church. We can see no way in which we can participate in desperately needed reform.

The reality is, our church is in crisis because of the restriction of power to the hierarchy, the limiting of the priesthood to celibate males, and the subordinate role of women.

There appears to be a failure amongst the hierarchy to acknowledge the reality and depth of these fundamental problems. Consequently, there is nothing in place to resolve them.

As well, the scandal of the sexual abuse of children by clergy has struck at the heart of the institution and is still an open sore. The church's way of dealing with these issues is to silence dissent and criticism, to tighten the rules and somehow, to make the laity feel responsible for the state of things.

Recently, the Pope announced a new evangelization program to increase fervour and bring people back to the church, but the problems that caused the falling off in the first place have not been addressed.

While we lay women and men are expected to work towards church renewal, all power still lies with the clergy. It is still a case of "pay, pray and obey." We want to participate in authentic reform. But how can we do it?

Diane Covey, Bedford; Alicia Curran, Bedford; Pat Lefebvre, Halifax; Elaine Muise, Hebron; Gaby Roughneen, Bedford