posted on Aug, 13 2004 @ 12:40 PM
I've been talking to quite a few Catholic priests as of late, and I've been hearing some interesting things.
There are several changes and reforms that are comming down both before and after the current pope dies. Chief among them are measures to stem the
tide of what the Catholics see as one of their largest threats: Fundamental Evangelical Christianity.
The priests I've been talking to are mostly Jesuits, and they say that they have been quietly (as is the old Jesuit tradition) asked to make very
clear the distinctions between fundamentalist Christianity and the Roman Catholic tradition. They've also started to take charge against them as
well with preaching against things like taking the bible litterally and pre-reformation ideologies.
I've also started to get the feeling that there will be a power struggle as soon as the pope dies, with the more liberal and more conservative
leadership trying to take more of the power. Many of the Jesuits in America want to see major changes to prevent things like the priest abuse
scandals from ever happening again, but some European hardliners still think that the status quo is the best way to go on.
Well I'd be interested in knowing what people think about this