7. May, 2019

"Nothing will be the same as before"

The below article is the scariest yet in current Catholic news, more worrysome than the Holy Father being once again accused of heresy. Is this the Synod that precedes the Warning (http://www.garabandal.org/News/Synod_Before_The_Warning.shtml)? 

Bishop Overbeck: Amazonas synod is a turning point for the whole church


The hierarchical structure is under scrutiny, as is sexual morality, the image of the priest and the role of women: According to Ruhr-bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck, the upcoming Amazonas synod will be a decisive event for the church.

According to the words of Adveniat Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck , the planned October Amazonas Synod in Rome will lead to a "break" in the Catholic Church. "Nothing will be the same as before," said the responsible for the Catholic Latin America relief organization Adveniat Ruhrbischof on Thursday in front of journalists in Essen. The hierarchical structure of the church is under scrutiny just as much as its sexual morality and the image of the priesthood. The role of women in the church must also be reconsidered.

Other problems are, according to Overbeck, the decline in believers - not only in Europe, but especially in Latin America. In addition, the church must respond to the "immense exploitation" of nature and the violation of human rights. "It's all going to be talked about at the Amazon Synod," the bishop said when presenting Adveniat's annual accounts.

Pope Francis invited to the Amazon Synod from October 6 to 27 in the Vatican. The episcopal gathering will focus on ecology, theology and pastoral care, indigenous issues and human rights. Francis, with his South American perspective, ensured awareness of these challenges, said Overbeck .

"Eurocentric structure" of the church will change

The "Eurocentric structure" of the Catholic Church will change, explained the bishop. This is shown by the fact that in Latin America, the local churches and their clergy would become more and more independent. So far, there have been many priests from Europe who are now no longer available. At the same time, there is also a shortage of Latin American priests. He knew dioceses in which a bishop had just ten priests available for a vast pastoral area. Already, the local churches are mainly influenced by women religious. "The face of the local church is a face of women," said the Adveniat bishop.

Overbeck referred to figures, according to which, even in Brazil, the largest country in South America, the proportion of Catholics from 90 had already dropped to just under 70 percent. In other countries, it is still close to 50 percent. The development stops. Something similar happened in Europe, where in many countries only about half of the people belonged to a Christian church. The church must react to all this and find answers, the bishop stressed. The church will do this "step by step" through several synodal processes.

Even though it is not on the official agenda, observers expect the compulsory celibacy at the Amazon Synod to be put up for discussion. Bishop Stefan Oster from Passau recently said that he suspects that so-called "viri probati" will also be a topic . These are married "proven men" who have been running a church for a long time and could then be ordained as priests.