Is Reform Possible?

27/09/2013Print This Post

Reform
“Collegiality holds immense implications for the Curia. It means the Curia should operate not as a set of agencies in charge of the church but as agencies that serve lower agencies by helping them do what they are supposed to do. It means, in other words, strictly observing the Catholic rule of subsidiarity: the higher authority intervenes only when a problem exceeds the ability of a lower authority to deal with it. More basically, it means seeing the church itself as a collegial body, which imposes even upon the prima sedes, the chair of Peter, the obligation to function in a collegial fashion regarding other bishops, who, as Vatican II stated, have authority in their own right and are not vicars of the pope.”

John W. O’Malley, S.J.

The Jesuit journal, ‘America’ have followed their publishing of the recent ground-breaking Pope Francis interview, with this very interesting article by John W. O’Malley, S.J., asking ‘Is reform possible?’.

Read it here:  http://www.americamagazine.org/issue/reform-possible

 

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  1. Mary O Vallely says:

    I wish to God that our Irish bishops “who, as Vatican II stated, have authority in their own right and are not vicars of the pope” would develop some backbone. They need urgently to dialogue with those censured and silenced priests and those priests, cleared by the Garda and the PSNI, who are unable to return to ministry until they get the nod from Rome. Why can’t Armagh nod? Isn’t this what Pope Francis wants to see happen?

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