posted on Mar, 18 2016 @ 12:40 AM
WYD - it was a major change by John Paul II. I participated in several WYDs. Enthusiasm was great. BUT there was a repetition of well known teachings,
with little changed phrases, as if those youths (at the time) didn't hear the Gospel at all. Indeed there were discussion groups of the "hot
questions" such as contraceptives and condoms....The discussions of the pre-selected representative of bishop with the rest of youth, as preparation
for WYD, was strictly controlled within the frames of the official church teaching, that was rather conservative at that time. (I don't know whether
some contraceptives were already adopted since then, at least the condoms, to lessen the abortion rates). You know, if you plant totalitarian mind
control from the very beginning, you won't get any new idea or fresh spirit out of such arranged mega rallies. Enthusiasm, yes, but that enthusiasm
would die several years later when those young people meet the brutal reality of life where they should survive.
Completely new style is necessary, where the Church hi ranks are willing to listen to the ideas of the young (and not so young) who have what to say.
I am not talking to allow 5 marriages each! I am talking of more philosophical questions, more futuristic solutions, such as introduction at fast rate
of updated view and reread of the Bible about ET, new tech, and so on. Why not to make classes int he Pontifical Universities on such topics, and to
educate the future priests that we are not alone in the Universe, and we should behave as being part of that Universe where Universal laws such as "do
not kill" BUT ALSO "DO NOT STEAL" are inseparable part of it? That a new society is needed based on such principles, that the Church is destined to
show it first within its own ranks before preaching it to the secular world? How the Church want to be believed on moral doctrines if her own members
fall short of fulfilling them? Is it the members' error, or the doctrinal error, that is again not a DOGMA? How about the gospels that pop up from
everywhere that Jesus had a wife, and possibly children? If we refuse such a major event from the life of Our Lord, for what followers of Christ we
are talking about? They would be all false, one sided, fanatics. We have to get out of that dead end road, and that is not only the sexual that
If I was pope and I am not, (nor striving to be one), I would appoint thousands new cardinals not even priests, who will be tasked to control the
money spending and other affairs in each diocese. And much more than that. But you need more than centuries old doctrine to do that. You need fresh
air and support of the Billion wide Catholics, who most likely support that. Not to repeat well known paradigm that is not a part of the whole
teaching of Jesus. I do not want to repeat what already said. Jesus never said to Peter, go to Rome to crown kings. But, build up the Kingdom of God
founded on the beatitudes.
Frankly, the chances of success of reform are slim, taking into account the advanced time 2016 and age of those who would have done it. I don't see it
even 2 more years the status quo to survive. It can crumble under the hammers of the jihadists, as Trump warned the pope of that possibility (after
CIA and Italian police). (I do not take side in the US presidential debate and that is not an opportunity to say how good or bad Trump's views are
that are subject to other threads!) Having said that, the Vatican has really a very short time slot to decide something positive. Because if tomorrow
a bomb explodes or mujaheddin start shooting with hundreds of Kalashnikov on St Peter's square, the Church leaders would be glad to have had the
opportunity of change they are missing now as we speak. Not that the mujaheddin care of that change. But that change would bring the Catholic Church
to a new better cleansed level corresponding to the hi demand of the 21st century, a level that is NOT SEEN in the last 30 years despite all good
talks. Again, it is far not only sexual! The Church is supernatural found, therefore "extra-terrestrial" by origin and purpose! Let someone now bring
in pre-Galileo doctrines to show how wrong I am!