Too much at stake for Catholic Church to go slow

September 23, 2013 

Perhaps some readers followed the interview of Pope Francis that took place in August over three meetings. The interview was conducted in person by Antonio Spadaro, editor in chief of La Civilt Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit Journal.

I am encouraged by Pope Francis' servant-leadership way of being. However, as reported by the interviewer, "He indicated he wants to be a reforming pope, but that one shouldn't expect massive changes quickly."

"Many think that changes and reforms can take place in a short time," he said. "I believe that we always need time to lay the foundations for real, effective change. And this is the time of discernment."

With all due respect, the foundations were laid with the event of humans -- men and women -- being created equal. There has been more than enough time to get this right -- more than 2,000 years for Christians.

With Vatican II still looming in the background for many priests and bishops who can't give up their old ways of privilege and live in the 21st century, people must step up or be left behind. Acknowledge the rights of all people men and women to be whom and what they are regardless of their political, religious, cultural, sexual preference, decisions on contraceptives, abortion (here is a place for personal discernment), marriage equality, etc. Justice should be now and the time of discernment should not even be a factor.

Anne Harter


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