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
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,
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.
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