Nappy wisdom

In 2015 there was a Synod on the Family and Cardinal Walter Kasper had to remind “the faithful” that they should not think, that everything could be decided by cardinals and bishops. All those who will participate in the consistory will be celibates, after all. But most of the faithful lived out their faith in families. Families often faced difficult situations that celibates must try to understand.  Lay people have “something to say to us,” Kasper insisted.

No kidding. Theoretically we have a church of equals, basically a lay church served by clerics and the good cardinal had to remind the baptized of this salient fact.

At this time I recall the salty (honest) former president of Ireland Mary McAleese making a few wise cracks. She knew her stuff and had been studying canon law in Rome and at that time was interviewed in Dublin.

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McAleese averred that here was something “profoundly wrong and skewed” in looking to a synod of bishops to rule on Catholic teaching about family life.

“The very idea of a hundred and fifty people who have decided they are not going to have any children, not going to have families, not going to be fathers and not going to be spouses—so they have no experience of family life as the rest of us know it—but they are going to advise the pope on family life, it is completely bonkers.”

She had replied to the worldwide survey of Catholic opinion with a question of her own for Francis: “How many of the men who will gather to advise you as pope on the family have ever changed a baby’s nappy?”

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    mushafta Says:

    Telling it like it is! That’s Ted!


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