Fr. Schüller proposes the following:
- allowing priests to marry
- allowing women to become priests
- allowing lay people to have communion services without a priest present
- giving lay people much greater control of church policy and practice and local and higher levels
- allowing remarried Catholics to receive the Eucharist
- honoring loving committed gay relationships
Just a warning, it’s late, I’m tired, I should probably gather my thoughts but I feel the need to respond to this article.
Also, this is not directed explicitly towards existenceandidentity, this is directed towards this article.
The need for reform of Church teaching, doctrine, dogma, traditions, and the like is not a need at all. Vatican II already made its reforms, the council is over, the Church has spoken, let’s move on.
The crisis in the Church does not call for a reform of the Church; it calls for a reform of the hearts of Her members.
The reforms of the Mass, from what I’ve understood, was an attempt to re-ignite the Faith of the 20th century. The Novus Ordo was supposed to help the laity become more involved, more active, and to better understand what the Mass is about.
What has happened in the last 50 years?
A decline in Church attendance, poor catechesis, decline in Priestly and Religious vocations, and Catholics are living no different than the secular world.
Is this the fault of the Second Vatican Council? No. It’s because the implementing of Vatican II exploded and people took it and ran with it.
So what’s my point? Institutional reform without proper instruction results in crisis. Priests and Bishops at times, whether knowingly or unknowingly, veered away from what the Council taught. We have the reform already, now we need the proper instruction.
Hence the New Evangelization and the Year of Faith; these help us rediscover what it means to be Catholic.
We can’t solve this crisis with more reforms. In my opinion, asking for more reforms is showing a lack of faith in Christ. “We are running out of Priests, we need the laity to be able to perform communion with no Priest present, we need Priests to be married, we need women priests”. Why don’t we just ask God to give us more Priests?
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
How much clearer can Christ be?
By constantly seeking reform, we continue to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. We give into the temptation of the serpent to become like gods, and instead of trusting in God providence, we begin to play god by saying “No, God’s church is wrong about what God thinks.”
Are the Church’s teachings hard? Yes! Of course they are! Why? Because the Church is our Mother and She challenges us to be more than what settle for. God gives us this challenge because He knows that we’re up for it.
All the reforms listed here are based on a misunderstood secular definition of love; that love is tolerance, acceptance, and warm fuzzies. Love is to will the good of the other and to act on it, which often includes being harsh. Denying someone communion who is not in communion with the Church is not meant to be a punishment; it’s meant to protect them from committing a sacrilege.
The Role of the Church is to bring Her people to the fullness of Truth and Salvation. Changing Her teachings would be an injustice to us. It’ll be uncomfortable, but as Pope Benedict said: “We are not made for comfort, we are made for Greatness.”