posted on May, 15 2004 @ 03:26 AM
I am a Catholic, though not particularly devout. My husband attended Jesuit schools, my sil was a nun etc. So, I guess we have the Catholic
My husband and I have come to the conclusion that the Church is undergoing all sorts of power plays and intriques due to the illness of the Pope.
Various Cardinals and beaurocratic functionaries are trying very hard to impose THEIR views on the Church. Hopefully, when Pope John Paul II passes,
the new Pope will sort this all out.
Living in Phoenix, home of one of the most disgraced Bishops (the one accused of hit and run and who is now on probation...not to mention his covering
up sex crimes), I've found it hard to go to Mass and feel the "holiness" required.
Many major changes are slowly being implemented into the Church. This has many people leaving one parish for another. For example, the exclusion in
some parishes of altar girls...the Lectors now having to sit with the audience and only move up to the ambo for there reading. This, in particular is
seen as a means to remove women from the altar. Prior to last years' changes, women Lectors, held hands with the Priest as he said the "Our
Father" and were given Holy Communion at the altar. All that is no more.
Now, they are outlawing nonsecular (ie:Catholic music) and instituting a Latin mass on Sunday. Of couse, my 97 year old MIL is thrilled. However, I'm
not so thrilled to think that the conservatives are taking over.
Flame me if you wish,but the extremely conservative Catholics ..who followed Archbiship Lefevre and do not accept the Pope as Vicar of Christ are
scarey people. They tend to extremes. I've found that extremes in any religion, or politics, for that matter, only causes strife.