Bridget Mary's Response:
Sometimes, I think the Vatican lives on another planet because their disconnect with the real world, where most people live and love, is so great! One fallout is that young adults in Europe and in the U.S. are missing in action when it comes to weekly attendance at Sunday liturgy and active involvement in their parishes.
It is time for the institutional church to welcome divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the sacraments. It is time for the institutional church to drop its ban on homosexual partnerships and on contraception.
The real issue is what does it mean to live God's compassion and justice in our church today?
I believe it means embracing everyone as spiritual equals in the family of God.
What do you think?
The German faithful and their bishops are speaking out and this could be a positive sign that change is in the air. As you know, I am an optimist! Do you share my optimism?
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org
The German bishops' conference has summarized and commented on the replies of German Catholics to the 46 questions of the second Vatican ...