Saturday, 1 November 2014

New Dogmas please!

Our catholic church is a world institution that needs to be wary of change and not simply adopt change for the sake of change. Neither should it accept change in one part of the world and deny it in another. That dilemma has been obvious in a pastoral approach to gender issues in the recent synod in Rome. The church needs a strong and steady leadership that adopts change and adapts to change in a way that preserves the integrity of the Gospel.

However, the weight of change has been increasing and the world view of many of the people of this planet is now out of step with the general world view of the church. If we are not careful we will soon create another Galileo situation where our church denies what is obvious and loses its credibility in proclaiming the Gospel.

These are not just intellectual problems- you can see the reluctance to learn in the prayers of the present missal. It is full of prayers that echo an older world view and an approach to salvation that has little to do with the a loving Father and the insights of scriptural study. The prayers also focus on the church rather than the Gospel which leaves the congregation unfed and and unmoved.

The most important dogma's of the church have yet to be written in the light of psychology and the discoveries of science at microscopic and astronomical levels.

“The most telling and profound way of describing the evolution of the universe would undoubtedly be to trace the evolution of love.”