As in 2013 pope Francis was chosen, Church reform got a chance. Ed Schreurs, former migrant pastor felt guilty for the years that he  had been participating as a priest in an unhealthy system. The answers from the grassroots on topics of questionnaires made him add some sins on his own confession list. He bowed his head for

The sin of thinking that he as a priest was made more than a layman.

The sin of not working on abolition of clericalism and sexual abuse

The sin of accepting the prejudicial treatment of women

The sin of collecting money for prestigious buildings.

The sin of not developing a care plan for families in trouble

The sin of a blind eye for problems of LGBT people

The sin of keeping Ecumenism a low key issue

The sin of suggesting a voodoo effect of blessings and sacraments

The sin of silence on responsible parenthood and contraception.

He asked faithful people to forgive him and his colleagues like God does.


He has committed himself to spend gratis his time for the actualization of ideals,

which can make the Gospel of Jesus visible in these days 

He sees how grassroots people discover to be attached to the Almighty.

No longer they depend on special rituals, blessings, priests and bishops.

They feel the fire that the holy spirit can ignite in their mind

If they ask for it in silence, time and again, day and night

He sees how they  use their responsibility and autonomous conscience

in order to decide on family matters, procreation, sexuality

and everybody’s contribution to peace, to prosperity and

to the preservation of the environment for their offspring..                                        

He sees people one day actualizing the Gospel of Jesus,

taking care of their relatives, of their neighbors and especially

of the underprivileged in need, sure as they are that

the Almighty made human beings to live and die for one another.

He sees how grassroots people get right of say  in dialogue and community.

Their representatives choose a moderator for the region

Who is traveling about from one place to an other, collecting

findings on family issues, different credentials and  useful liturgy.

He sees how communities invite indiscriminately all human beings,

 who want to go forward on the road of Jesus of Nazareth.

That is youngsters and adults, men and a women,

married, divorced or unmarried, lgbt or straight, baptized or not.

He sees how part-time teachers and musicians are assisted by volunteers

by handymen, facilitators, choir members and administrators.

They communicate horizontally without authoritative institutes

In order to create solidarity and to get an eye for those who need care.



 Thinking of freedom we ask ourselves, how attached we are to important items of nostalgia, but not vital for religion. Could we do without that magnificent church building of ours? Could we do without part of traditional ceremonies and without songs and art? Could we do without the support of family or friends? Could church authorities hurt us by dismissal out of a function, by diminishing our pension, by refusing a funeral, by calling us names or by threatening with excommunication?

"Jesus wants us free, and this freedom - where is it found? It is to be found in the inner dialogue with God in conscience. If a Christian...does not know how to listen to God, in his own conscience, then he is not free...." -Pope Francis



 1. Convince yourself of particular injustice, that has acquired a place in the institutional Church. Start dreaming about improvement.Pray in silence

2. Keep away from all instruments, which can be used by the institutional Church to put financial, moral, religious or social pressure on you.

3. Study the Gospel and the ideals of Pope Francis.

4.  Try to find out what you can do in order to remove injustice and ask same-minded people. You might get motivated by reading experiences and stories of heroes.

5. Convert anger and annoyance into determination to do something. Let love replace hatred, while reading applicable sayings of Jesus Christ.




Wanted change in the church


Right now, the practicability of apartcular change in the church seems to depend on three factors.

There are sufficient indications that the Pope is not against this change

The issue is not directly related to political disputes.

A proposal for change has to be sure of broad support.


Popular goals which meet the three requirements,

but many will have to ask to put them on the agenda

* creation of a Council of church members

* more rights for the members of the Church

* equal rights for men and women

* optional celibacy for priests

* diaconate open up for women

* primacy of personal conscience in general


Popular goals, which do not meet the requirements for the time being

And should be advocated with convincing arguments.

* Replace laity by "church members"

* replace the oath of obedience

* blessing of each life commitment of a couple

* communion open to every believer

A. These issues might come up on local gatherings. Behind each of them a difference of opinion on principles has to be discovered.  See Dialogue


Changes in the structure of the Church are less suitable for a dialogue of common faithful people. They have to be studied by experts. See initiatives