Posts Tagged ‘Clericalism’

Mass myopia and coronavirus Comments 0

Monday, March 23rd, 2020
Mass myopia

“Instead of watching Mass on the computer, why don’t we read from the Bible together?” That’s how our eight-year old daughter reacted last Sunday when we gathered to watch the celebration of Mass at home, where we’ve been self-quarantined since last week. From the mouths of babes… Our daughter is used to seeing me as Read more

Paternalistic attitude is worse than clericalism Comments 0

Monday, March 16th, 2020

A paternalistic attitude within the Church that devalues laypeople and puts clergy on a pedestal is worse than clericalism says German Jesuit priest Hans Zollner. Zollner is one of the Church’s leading experts in child protection. There are two sides to this problem, Zollner says. One is with “the hierarchy not involving the gifts of Read more

No to lay clerical attitudes, yes to more women in Vatican Comments 0

Monday, November 18th, 2019
clerical

Pope Francis, Saturday, again lamented the clerical attitudes of some lay people in ministry. He made the comment in the Vatican and at a meeting with the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Francis said the purpose of creating the dicastery is to promote the care of family and the mission on the laity, Read more

Clericalism’s fixation on sexual morality Comments 0

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Clericalism is a direct result of rigidity and linked to a fixation on sexual morality, says Pope Francis. “One dimension of clericalism is the exclusive moral fixation on the sixth commandment [Thou shalt not commit adultery],” he says. “We focus on sex and then we do not give weight to social injustice, slander, gossip and Read more

Clericalism’s day coming to an end Comments 0

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Clericalism is coming to an end, says Marie Collins, who is a clergy sexual abuse survivor from Ireland. However, Vatican officials needed “a safeguarding policy” in place ages ago to prevent abuse and address it when it occurs. Collins says a policy of this sort was promised at the Vatican summit on child protection in Read more

Cardinal Dew: The only authority is the authority of service Comments 0

Monday, July 22nd, 2019
servant leadership

The archbishop of Wellington, Cardinal John Dew, was in Australia last week to present an address on Servant Leadership in the Spirit of Pope Francis. He spoke at Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta on Tuesday. On Wednesday he spoke on the same topic when he presented the Helder Camara Lecture at Newman College in Melbourne. Read more

“Don’t call me Father” gets mixed reception Comments 0

Thursday, June 6th, 2019
father

Cardinal John Dew’s call to drop the “Father” title has received mixed results. As reported by CathNews, Dew first raised the issue of honorifics in an internal church newsletter. Describing the “Don’t call me Father” call as ‘simple’, Dew however hopes that not using the clerical title might go some way to changing the clerical Read more

The elephant in the room: The clergy Comments 0

Monday, April 15th, 2019
clergy

“It seems the younger priests emerging from seminaries, here and elsewhere, are getting better (or worse!) at demanding full allegiance from the laity,” said an email I received this week. Last Saturday the Archbishop of Johannesburg, Buti Tlhagale, preached about his woes – and sufferings – as a diocesan bishop at the first profession of Read more

I now wonder why priests are called Father Comments 0

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Father

In his recent Newsletter, the Archbishop of Wellington drew attention to an article written by a priest from France, Jean-Pierre Roche, entitled “Stop calling me Father.” In his article, Roche says that priests may be able to make some small changes to overcome clericalism if they gave up expecting to be called “Father.” “In August last Read more

Antidote to Clericalism Comments 0

Thursday, February 21st, 2019
clericalism

If the problem is clericalism, what is the solution? It is axiomatic that vices cannot simply be eliminated—they have to be replaced with something better, or else they will just come back, often in a form that is even worse. (Cf. Mt. 12:44-45) So it is a bit worrisome that when Pope Francis frequently mentions Read more