"Incompetence and lack of communication, of course, have been two of the biggest criticisms of the Roman Curia in recent years – criticisms that were aired in the cardinals’ meetings that took place ahead of last spring’s conclave.
Second, the pope emphasized that the Roman Curia is at the service of the church – the whole church and every local Catholic community, not just the pope. When this attitude of service is lacking, he said, “the Curia structure grows into a heavy bureaucratic customs office, an inspector and inquisitor that no longer allows the action of the Holy Spirit and the development of the people of God.”
Bridget Mary's Response:
Amen, Pope Francis! Let's hope these words of our Pope will lead to the lifting of the automatic excommunication of Roman Catholic Women Priests who love our church and are serving the people of God in inclusive Catholic communities in the United States, Latin America, Canada, Africa, and Europe.
There is a long list of Catholics who have been condemned by the hierarchy for following their consciences. Let us pray that the Vatican Curia will follow Pope Francis's attitude and display a more open, Christ-like attitude to those who dissent from church teaching. Let us pray that 2014 will be a new beginning for the Catholic Church, that it will become a home where everybody is welcome and where unity and diversity is celebrated! Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP www.arcwp.org, firstname.lastname@example.org