Monday, 20 August 2007
So why the Fit for Mission connection? Well simply that unless there is a radical intention to simplify and liberate the system of doing things; until we have openness and an end to the protectionist attitudes of the "elect" in parishes and on deaneries; until we realise that WE are the church, not the building not the hierarchy not the system, then Fit for Mission will be neither fit nor a mission.
I understand that the next stage of the review is upon us. Well I hope there is wider consultation than before. Nobody up there (not Heaven) seems to appreceate the disconnection between where they are at and the vast majority of Catholics in the Diocese.
A priest suddenly announces he is to stop the evening Mass on Sunday. No consultation or discussion, just an arbitrary decision. Apparently it's against canon law to say so many Masses.
Maybe so; but is this how a family communicates?
Anyway there you are. If you want to have your say now is the moment. Get in there; say it as you see it. At least, even if you are ignored you have been true to yourself. There is just a possibility that this consultation could be genuine if you do.
I have to go now, Elvis wants to use the computer.
Friday, 10 August 2007
Thursday, 2 August 2007
What will happen to the proceeds of the sale of land from "redundant" churches, most in prime building areas?
Will the money be re-invested in the local faith community and the local churches; or will it be centralised for Diocesan use? Surely the community losing churches has to have some clear understanding of what will happen in a practical sense as a result of the loss; and what benefits might or might not accrue to the area.
I don't know what forum exists to discuss these and other questions which are, I believe valid. Perhaps someone will enlighten me.