VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A leading liberal Roman Catholic group urged the Vatican on Tuesday to rethink its emphasis on vocation if it wanted to tackle the grave shortage of priests around the world.
But the call by the "We Are Church" movement for reforms is to place an emphasis on prayer and the personal call to holiness.
"We hope that all faithful Catholics might invest their time to help cure the vocation’s crisis by spending an hour of week before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration and to ‘Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth laborers into his harvest.’ We also hope that Catholics by leading of life of holiness and obedience to the faith will both provide good example to their families and neighbors and that they will not become stumbling blocks to those who are called. We must look at our own lives and determine if we are being generous to the Lord with children and that we encourage our own children to the priesthood or religious life if they have these vocations. Through the 2000 years of Mother Church God has always called forth sufficient numbers of men to the priesthood and can we doubt the that same thing is happening now? The decline in the acceptance of those with vocations to meet the call must have been stifled by externals. We must find ways to help those called to religious life to both recognize and accept the vocations God has already called them to."
Okay, I am sure you have caught on the above is a bogus news story. Here unfortunately is the all too predictable real one that is at least accurately titled "Dissident Catholics want married, female priesthood"
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A leading liberal Roman Catholic group urged the Vatican on Tuesday to rethink its rule on celibacy and allow women’s ordination if it wanted to tackle the grave shortage of priests around the world.
As a synod of Catholic bishops got underway, even a leader of a tiny Eastern Rite Catholic Church challenged his brothers in the Western Church, saying he believed there was no theological basis for the rule that priests cannot marry.
But the call by the "We Are Church" movement for reforms to jettison traditions almost one millennium old in celibacy’s case and two millennia old for the ban on women priests will likely fall on deaf ears.
"We Are Church," a dissident lay movement that began in Austria in 1995 and now has chapters in over 20 countries, made its appeal in an open letter to more than 250 Catholic bishops gathered for a synod on the theme of the Eucharist.
"We hope this great opportunity will not be lost," said the appeal issued at a news conference near the Vatican, where the meeting is being held over the next three weeks.
It said the Vatican, headquarters for the church of 1.1 billion people, was resting on "already prescribed nostrums" instead of innovations in order to deal with the shortage of priests.
The group said that the lack of priests was "caused by the law of celibacy presently in force" and urged the Vatican to drop clerical celibacy, to ordain women and allow so-called "viri probati" to become priests.