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Vatican article says ‘main obstacle’ for Pope Francis is bishops, priests

From Crux Staff     July 23, 2017

On the heels of one controversial Vatican article alleging an “ecumenism of hate” between conservative Evangelicals and Catholics in America, another potential eyebrow-raiser emerged Saturday claiming that the “main obstacle” to implementing Pope Francis’s vision is “closure, if not hostility” from “a good part of the clergy, at levels both high and low.”

The term “high and low” suggests the author had in mind clergy ranging from senior bishops to ordinary parish priests.  “The clergy is holding the people back, who should instead be accompanied in this extraordinary moment,” said the article by Italian Father Giulio Cirignano, a native of Florence and a longtime Scripture scholar at the Theological Faculty of Central Italy.

Propositions for the Church spring

1 . The Church should continue on the path set by the Second Vatican Council , and overcome the closed model of a church wanting to recreate a society, nostalgic of a christian ideal who hates the world.
2 To detach the Church from worldliness (speech of Benedict XVI Freiburg 9/2011) which will lead to greater credibility in its core mission, the proclamation of the Word and give up some forms that are now outdated .

Hopes and Challenges for a prophetic Church

“Hopes and Challenges for a Prophetic Church”[1]

In response to the prophetic call for renewal initiated by Pope Francis, the International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (ICMICA-Pax Romana) prepared a questionnaire: “Hopes and Challenges of the Church.” This questionnaire was distributed to our national member organizations in English, Spanish, German and French. Many of the replies that we received were the summary of consultations by our movements at the local and national level. The responses served as a basis for the discussions of the 2013 ICMICA International Council Meeting and Study Session in Boston on the theme of “Prophets on the Borders: The Challenge of Evangelization Today.”