The credibility of the Church

December 2, 2013 at 2:03 am (Catholic Church, Commentary, Pope Francis)

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

Lewis Carrol:- The Walrus and the Carpenter.

Yes, indeed it is the time to speak of the Catholic Church! Why you ask? Perhaps some recognition should be given to the current questionnaire and survey that Pope Francis wants Catholics to participate in.

Before I start I suggest you click on Will Heaven’s piece which I completely agree with:

Let me suggest a number of simple questions that could have been put to the faithful and not so faithful:

1. Do you agree with the Church’s position on birth control and contraception?

2. In your opinion is all conscious sex outside marriage a mortal sin?

(It is generally agreed that wet dreams are sinless.)

3. Are there ever circumstances where gay sexual unions are blameless?

4. Is the only license endorsing sexual activity for the faithful granted through the sacramentality of marriage?

5. Do you agree that males are the only people who can be ordained to the priesthood?

6. Should the Catholic clergy be allowed to marry?

7. Do you agree that it is a mortal sin to not hear Mass on Sundays and Days of Holy Obligation?

8. Should the Church generally allow in parishes the practice of the Third Rite of Confession?

9. Would you be disappointed if there are no changes to the Church’s present official position on many questions of faith and morals?

10.  Pope Francis seems to be telling us that the Church in the past has been too obsessed with, in my words, questions concerning the bedroom, and if there is not some sort of balance he states that “…the moral edifice of the Church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.” Following on from this, in your opinion, is the Church now in a credibility crisis?

The time has definitely come to ask with the Walrus:

… why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings (?)


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