September 08, 2021
Mt. 18:20 is the source of the house meetings doctrine. is "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them." The "glue" that is necessary to unite believers cannot be achieved as a meeting grows beyond a limit. Some experts point out that even an assembly larger than a mere dozen people creates an environment in which some of the people often back away from full participation. This argument has been taken from Home Church Central HCC is a non-denominational...
August 06, 2021
AUSTRALASIAN CATHOLIC COALITION FOR CHURCH REFORM THE AUSTRALIAN PLENARY COUNCIL: An Agenda for Reform? Response to the Agenda with Concrete Proposals for the Plenary Council, 3-10 October 2021 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Our Church is at a crisis point, no longer adequately inspiring our people. We Catholics desire a ‘grown-up’ Church and recognise that the necessary reform requires major cultural change. All of us have a right and a responsibility to be engaged in this renewal. Relevant,...
July 23, 2021
What is in a name? Nothing or a lot. Church members are the obedient individuals in the pews who pay some money. With the word <the baptized>, one includes all Christians. People of God refers to a group in the Kingdom of God shouting that it wants to be heard. It is not limited to Catholics or even not to Christians. The Lay are the uneducated people who bow the head for the insiders. Indian Catholic Forum prefers to write on behalf of Church Citizens. They may see the Church as the city...
July 20, 2021
Dear Mrs. McAleese With a bad grace I have been reading 800 pages of <In the Closet of the Vatican> of the French sociologist Frederic Martel. It made me go back to the years of my own seminary time 1947-1959 and experiences with homosexual friends. I myself am hetero but I started sympathizing with bishops who are blocking changes in the Church and their frozen unchristian mental disorder developed during their adolescence. Since 2013 I have been looking for ways to further changes in...
June 27, 2021
The Netherlands abolished compulsory celibacy more than 50 years ago From 1968 to 1970, a Pastoral Council of the Dutch Ecclesiastical Province took place, in which besides bishops also more than 100 laymen participated. At the opening on 3 January 1968, Cardinal Alfrink formulated the intention of the Dutch bishops as follows: The bishops want to give the whole People of God, at all levels, a chance to express their opinions and to give advice. The idea is that from this common discussion a...
May 12, 2021
Symposium of affected For centuries, LGBT people met a hostile society. But the Catholic Church offered boys an asylum in the priesthood with its rule of celibacy. But occasionally this rule has unwanted side effects. Effects which jeopardize particular dialogues. Some priests (gay or not) abstain from sex altogether. Other old gay priests carry with them the impact of incomprehension or even hostility they had experienced in the middle of last century. During their adolescence they struggled...