the misuse of authority in the Catholic Church
Since the Second Vatican Council a small but powerful group in the Catholic Church has taken control of governance. Continuing a trend that had started from the beginning of the 20th century, this group, headed by conservative Popes, has abused, and is still abusing, spiritual authority in order to block attempts at reforming the Church as demanded by the Second Vatican Council. The abuse lies at the root of the refusal to change attitudes regarding the conscientious use of contraception, homosexuality, married priests and the ordination of women.
We speak of a real abuse because
their measures go against the real intentions of Jesus Christ to whom Church leaders ultimately owe their authority;
their actions contravene the clear principles of reform endorsed by the Second Vatican Council (1963-1965), the most authoritative body of vision and legislation in recent times.
- We highlight four areas of red alert:
For a vision of how the Church structures could work in the future have a look at the website "Church Authority"
This website is maintained by the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research.
The Institute is known for issuing academic reports and statements on relevant issues in the Church. These have included scholars' declarations on the need of collegiality in the exercise of church authority, on the ethics of using contraceptives in marriage and the urgency of re-instating the sacramental diaconate of women.
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