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July 11, 2012 Chris McDonnell, UK
healing, not division
Christoph Schonborn of
somehow within our present community of faith we must find a way to talk, to
examine the issues that face us with charity and compassion.
years have shown us that a centralised authority structure is returning and the
openness envisaged by the Council diminishing.
are serious questions that we must address and allow each other the opportunity
of a voice. The emergence of groups of priests in different countries raising
concerns is, in many ways, only a response to the hierarchies not having taken
up those matters on behalf of their Church in
collegiality of Bishops has been (and is being) slowly eroded.
The courage to speak out on behalf of the people, having listened to
their concerns, is the duty of their pastors, both priests and bishops. Let’s
do this together and not seek division but healing.
W H Auden, in his poem “If I
could tell you” written in October 1940, begins with these three lines.
“Time will say nothing but I
told you so,
time only knows the price we have to pay;
if I could tell you I would let you know”
I am afraid is a neat and poignant summary of our present position.