September 30, 2018, 12:05 am
On October 2, a conference in Washington will present the views of Catholic Laity.
We are living through one of the great crises of the modern Church. Since the turn of the century the crisis has only worsened. It must be addressed now.
Catholic Laity are struggling to reform and resolve the sex scandal, which has engulfed the Catholic Church and unfortunately includes priests, bishops, and cardinals. The Pope, the Curia, and the church hierarchy are moving slowly with a synod in Rome next February. The Laity is impatient and ready for change without delay.
The Napa Institute, established by Tim Busch, has convened a conference titled “Authentic Reform,” which will be held on October 2 in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the conference is as follows:
As Catholics faithful to the Church’s teaching and mission, we call for a deep and authentic cleansing of American Catholic life. We have arrived at a defining moment in the life of the Church in the United States. To address that moment in a spirit of fidelity, Napa Institute is sponsoring a conference on authentic Catholic reform, October 2, 2018. We invite and encourage all Catholics to attend and take an active part in rebuilding confidence in our beloved Church. May God bless our shared efforts.
This conference is an opportunity to influence reform in many ways and may include a host of organizations and individuals, which support or influence the Church.
Our agenda, which has been shared by the organizers, is as follows.
- Starve the parishes/diocese/Papacy of money until a full and honest investigation is undertaken and rogue leaders and priests are fired and/or prosecuted.
- Funds for charity and the poor will continue.
- Affirm to Pope Francis, we will not tolerate rogue and dishonest cardinals, bishops, or priests.
- Bishops must be accountable in accordance with the 2002 standards. If a bishop protects guilty priests, he also must be removed and prosecuted.
- Homosexuality cannot be tolerated in the seminary or the priesthood.
The Catholic Church, as with other all large organizations, must be in a continuous state of purification and improvement. Pope Francis by omission is failing to protect the hard work and dedication of thousands of holy priests. At the same time the Church is coddling rogue priests who are the antithesis of Christianity.
It is imperative for the Catholic Church to protect the reputation of its holy priests by purifying the church of rogue priests or leaders.
The essence of Christianity is love of God and neighbor. The Catholic Church can quickly return to its mission with a rapid and complete purification.
Portal, St. Matthews Cathedral, Washington, D.C. (Denobili/Creative Commons)
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Author: Bob Luddy