Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SOME THOUGHTS from Robert Blair Kaiser


"We loved Vatican II for its efforts to create a Church of love rather than a Church of laws. We loved the Council for striking a new attitude toward "the world"-- no longer seen as evil, but good, because it was redeemed by Christ and destined to become better when we followers of Jesus set to work creating a reign of  justice and peace.

Then, after the Council, we were dismayed and discouraged by the efforts of Rome to turn the clock on Vatican II, set the Church against the world, and deepen the divide between the clerics and the people.
Some have even left the Church to find Jesus elsewhere. Imagine our joy, then, when we got a new pope telling us Jesus was more important than the Church. Imbued with the spirit of the Council, he asked us to help him "light a fire in the heart of the world."

We set to work immediately, enlisting supporters from over 60 nations, and deciding on a set of long range goals
* To give the people of God an opportunity to speak with one voice.
* To educate ourselves to recognize the primacy of our conscience, to think independently and to know we have a duty by virtue of our baptism to speak out on matters that concern the good of our Church.
* To transform our belief that we are the Church into action steps reached in consensus.
* To bring our Church back to the following of Christ in the spirit of Vatican II.
Over 21 months, we have established our identity by taking some action steps, so that everyone can see what we stand for. What we do is more important than what we say. Let’s move beyond the small issues that divide us and move toward the big issues that unite us.

Robert Blair Kaiser
1403 W Bluefield
Phoenix, AZ 85023
(602) 859-0688

(I thought I would circulate this note from Bob Kaiser, a former Jesuit, I understand, and an activist in global church reforms. He was in the CCRI Advisory group

This is a good set of guidelines for the Laity, and for  those in leadership in the Church.

God bless

John Dayal
John Dayal


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