Catholics speak out against the Church
The Roman Catholic Church is bigoted, misogynistic, controlling, judgmental, outdated and pharisaical, according to feedback received in a recently consultation exercise conducted among Catholics in England and Wales.
The Telegraph reports that the “frank and at times blistering assessment” of opinion among the faithful is disclosed in a report published by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, above, ahead of what is expected to be a historic gathering of bishops in Rome next month that will discuss issues including divorce and homosexuality.
Bishops in England and Wales asked Catholics to send in their own responses to a series of broad questions about the struggles of family life, marriage, and parenthood.
While many spoke of family life as a “blessing”, others told of feeling trapped in failed marriages and deep sadness, a situation some argued was compounded by the teaching of the Church.
I believe it is important for our bishops to know that marriage is not always a ‘gift’ and that Church teaching on marriage has led to untold misery for many couples and has had lifelong, detrimental impact on the mental, physical and spiritual health of their children.
When asked if they had passed on their faith to their children, another wrote:
We are ashamed of our faith – so misogynistic, controlling, self-opinionated.
As children grow into young adults they do not identify with an organisation that holds outdated and misogynist views. They live their lives according to what they think is right … How can it be right for people living with HIV/Aids not to use condoms?
How can it be right for divorced and remarried people to be refused Communion? How can the Catholic Church’s view on the evil of homosexual, cohabitation be right?
Thank God for the secular world which has blown in to the murky corridors of the Vatican.
Yet Another remarked:
Children and young people … see a Church which discriminates against those who are divorced, gay, against women, and yet hides internal corruption and displays huge riches in the face of international poverty.
One diocese summed up responses from its area, remarking:
There was a general consensus of the Church being pharisaical in its response to who can and cannot receive the blessed sacrament.
A Synod like this and consultations like this are not PR exercises – it’s not about wanting to put in front of you something that says how good we all are – this is a church of sinners, we make a mess of things, it is messy.
What we’ve got is a lively, passionate family and we have our arguments and we have our different points of view and that’s fine because we have a shared Lord and we have the places where we meet. And it’s very important that we learn more about how to make everybody welcome in those places.
On the question of receiving remarried divorcees back into Holy Communion he argued he Church should approach the issue on a case-by-case basis rather than a sweeping change in teaching.
Hat tip: Ivan Bailey