Spirited Disobedience

What a synchronistic morning! The daily newsletter from Richard Rohr contained this line:

~ "...in order to hold the new wine, we need new wineskins..."

What is the new wine, you ask?

Opening the NY Times, my wife said, "Listen to this." And she proceeded to read to me the front-page story, titled "In 3 Countries, Challenging the Vatican on Female Priests," about spirited disobedience in the Catholic Church. Here are the three fronts in this spirited movement:

- In the USA, over 150 Roman Catholic priests have signed a statement supporting a fellow priest who ordained a woman as a priest.

- In Austria, more than 300 priests and deacons issued a "Call to Disobedience" with a seven point pledge that includes support for ordination of women and married men.

- In Australia, the National Council of Priests defended their Bishop who said he would ordain women and married men as an answer to the shortage of priests.

How is the Vatican taking this? Not well. Using all the power and might available to them, they are cracking down hard on all such grassroots actions.

As an active practicing Catholic, I've got a point-of-view on this, shared by many others in the pews. In a nutshell, the Spirit is saying "It's time for change."

The Vatican doesn't see it that way at all. Instead their focus is elsewhere. For example, for several years now, it has been dragging the American church, kicking and resisting, into line on liturgical changes. For example, at Sunday Mass, rather than saying "We believe," we will now say "I believe." I kid you not. Talk about moving the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Wake up! The Spirit is at work in our time!

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Saturday July 23, 2011


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