As the Synod of the Amazon is going on in the Vatican, the world gets the impression that the reformer pope Francis and his close aides try everything
to liberalize the world's oldest and biggest religious institution, that of the Roman Catholic Church. And that could be pretty close to the truth. We
may get finally married priests and female deacons, as a step in a long waiting list of reforms. Too long waiting anyway. Because at the time we reach
the end of the list, many of us won't be around, let alone in active age to fulfill in practice what they worked for their entire lives. Apparently,
the timing is of no concern of the hierarchy that "holds the finger of God" and believes they are for eternity if not on this world then on the
other...I do not share their optimism having in mind the criticism Jesus did against the pharisees..
Only, is that enough for the 1 billion common Catholics? The fight with the ultraconservative fanatics, a couple of cardinals and bishops who should
long be retired and not taking important positions in the Vatican, is it what really matters for the normal people in the Church? It certainly matters
for the bishops, but when will the 5,000 anointed ones start caring for their flocks?
At the same time, besides the sexual crisis (that however severe, takes only limited percent of priests and faithful abused), there is a much bigger
and ongoing crisis that concerns 95% of all faithful if not more. In a secular society it would be called simply "Corruption". In the Church the
things are not quite the same, because the bishops are entitled to decide how to operate with the property and the money of their dioceses. Great
responsibility indeed! At the time of austerity, unemployment in the millions, young people who literally don't know where to start with their lives
and end up on the bottom of society after having university degrees many of them, at the same time we see the clergy lacks Nothing, from luxury cars
to large compounds enough not for 1-2 but for 15-20 of them, with assured everyday restaurant-like cooking with the necessary staff, often of nuns to
take care of them. Of course they do not pay anything for that, their salary goes for holier purposes...Are they paid 10$ an hour? Or their salary
ranges within thousands a month and above 50,000 a year? I don't even know. They don't say it. With yearly vacations and monthly or bi-monthly
conferences to Rome and elsewhere. Who pays for their tickets and accommodation?
And I do not mean just the rich dioceses in the West. I mean also Eastern European former communist countries (that I could visit), where the clergy
lives in striking contrast to the impoverished faithful Catholics. I mean countries like Indonesia and Philippines, where in one diocese all priests
resigned in a protest of a corrupt bishop to be ousted. You know, the clergy did so much...and the faithful should be happy they are still admitted to
the Sacraments despite their multiple sins...Shame! If the luxury cars are parked next to the faithful's own cars (that might not be that luxurious
anyway), as it is in America, is one thing. When they are parked in front of old people who can hardly buy a ticket for the bus to attend the holy
mass, is a completely another story.
Unless the Vatican starts sweeping reforms, including public disgrace of bishops and sending them in one-room apartments or monasteries for the rest
of their lives, and taking Real care of the poor next door who starve physically and also socially, not draining all resources for overseas immigrants
only, until that happens visibly and sensibly in the common parishes around the world, we will reach nowhere. It will not be a big surprise if the
dark predictions of Fatima, Malachi and other prophecies fulfill.
I'd wish the pope to have the strength to go forward! Until now, what I see is dragging feet of bishops and priests who despite all the good words
said keep in their inaction and empty theology inapplicable for the daily lives of their sheep. They simply do not Want to give anything to the poor
flock, or let be precise, to give only crumbles, if they are some kind of medieval rulers who are convinced of their own great piety... If there is
predestination, that is the surest way for it to be fulfilled.
15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither
[a]cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not
know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—
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