Church cannot return to pre-pandemic pastoral practices, Vatican official says
June 05, 2020
CWN Editor's Note: In 2019, Pope Francis appointed Maltese Bishop Mario Grech as Pro-Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops.The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the original source (link above). About CWN news coverage.
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Posted by: Randal Mandock -
Jun. 07, 2020 12:03 AM ET USA
Any Catholic prelate who does not understand the reasons behind the failure of Catholic education in the West will be unable to develop pastoral practices that can stop the bleeding and return the Church to service as an institution of evangelical growth through effective outreach and formation in Catholic faith and morals. I agree with Jim that certain prelates wax blissfully about abstract ideals, but in actuality say nothing useful for the expansion of the kingdom of God on earth.
Posted by: Jim Hanink -
Jun. 05, 2020 6:34 PM ET USA
Doubtless Bishop Grech has good intentions, and I pray that mine might be as good. But the pastoral practices of which he speaks, and which St. John Paul II championed, have not suddenly emerged during the pandemic. Indeed, in some places they have lessened, as in my own parish. Nor is the pandemic likely to change the structures of power, much less replace them with the City of God. Please, less overblown rhetoric!