Thursday, 28 January 2010

Stand Up For Vatican II

-From the We are Church UK website

The Stand Up for Vatican 2 meeting held in London last night (26 Jan 2010) attracted supporters from all over the UK and, although the venue had been changed to a much larger room, the order of the day was 'standing room only'. Those present represented a cross-section of the Church in these islands: clergy, religious and laity. They were of one mind, loyal to the Church they loved but also critical of its failure to move forward in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council (1962 - 1966)

The meeting called for the Church to stop messing around with whose 'tassels are the longest' (Matt 23) and to get on with its mission to bring about God's realm in the world, a realm of true justice and peace for everyone.

This cannot happen without good leadership and pastoral care. It was acknowledged that our Bishops are afraid. They have been intimidated into colluding with the bureaucracy that is now crippling and asphyxiating the mission of the Church.

One speaker proposed that the optimum size for a local Catholic community should be about 70. Jesus himself found this number congenial to work with and activate (Luke 10). Leaders and ministers for these congregations are readily available if those in authority realise that "God does not have favourites ..." (Acts 10).

There was resounding applause when there was a call from the floor for those in Holy Orders, Bishops, Priests and Deacons, to 'serve to build up the People of God' (Catechism of the Catholic Church) rather than 'lord it over them'. Speaking afterwards, Valerie Stroud, Co-ordinator of We Are Church (UK) said, "We want leaders who genuinely listen; who are prepared to engage in dialogue; who explain in words the ordinary man and woman understand; who are open and honest with believer and unbeliever alike; who do not indulge in and foster discrimination against sections of the community. If the Bishops heed God when he said "Do not be afraid" they will find they have the support of the vast majority of Catholics and the Church will go from strength to strength."

It was pointed out that Catholics who wanted to stand up for the reforms of Vatican 2felt very vulnerable at the present time and needed the support of like minds. E-mail addresses were collected at the end of the evening and We Are Church invites anyone of goodwill to join their electronic group. Sign up by sending a blank message to The Moderator will admit you and welcome you to a group of spiritual friends. (The group does not permit verbal abuse or fundamentalist diatribe but welcomes a diversity of opinion.)

See also "Stand Up for Vatican II"

1 comment:

berenike said...

Surely if We're the Church, then We should be getting on with the mission of bringing about God's realm in the world? And if we're the Church, then if the church has failed to do X or Y, that just means we've failed to do x or y. So why not say "we've failed to do x or y" instead of "the church has..."? We can't have it both ways. Nor is it very useful, to any mission or to us, to just go around proclaiming how worried we are that Other Catholics aren't as good as us and are sinning against the Holy Spirit.

Were there any concrete examples given of bureaucracy stifling the mission of the Church? I'm all for a revolution in the English Catholic Education Service, from what I've read! And probably for dismantling state Catholic schools in Scotland(not for the reasons your average atheist ranter wants them dismantled, though). But personally I've never met any problems. The bishop sent the diocesan youth co-ordinator round once to meet me when some of us were arranging a weekend thing for students, I think to make sure we weren't mad. That's it.