Goodbye, traditional church (1/2)

Throughout the world, little by little the expression of the presence of women in the highly polyphonic concert of life is changing, with evident social importance. Certain nations or social groups have also inherited an excellent female political leadership: in India, Germany, Denmark, Rwanda ... Within this category, a social group that suffers from evident social and cultural backwardness is the Catholic Church. In the chapter on femininity, the Church has done something, especially in the last fifteen years, but much remains to be done. To this I want to dedicate the brief lines that follow. With simplicity and respect, without shyness or prudence.

A well-known American theologian, Rosemary Radford Ruether, was writing an acute analysis twenty years ago, at the heaviest moment of Pope John Paul II's conservatism. The Swiss Jesuit magazine, “Orientación” (in German), received his comments: “The government of the Church is a historical construction influenced by the existing political systems and cannot be considered as installed by God. As theologians and theologians, we should at least have the possibility to ask ourselves whether a democratic organization would not be more adapted for a community of believers than a model of government received from Roman imperialism, medieval feudality or Renaissance absolutism ”.

It cannot be denied that the factors evoked by Ruether still apply to our Church. The roles of "bishop" and "priest" were born in the third century, that is, two hundred years after Jesus. This is not to say that these functions were necessarily bad. But they are the route of the perception of a moment of the Church. An organization that hardly changes over two thousand years would have to appear, a priori, as debatable. If the functions no longer answer our needs, or are in contradiction with important motives of the gospel of Jesus, they should be subjected to critical examination. Hard work, indisputably. But it has already begun to be brought to the fore. Pope Francis, with extraordinary freedom, encourages hope.

Petare Priest

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