In the middle of continuous anecdotes and testimonies of victims of sexual abuses done by none other than priest and clergy men, an editorial suggested that Catholic Church should undergone extensive transformation.
It can be remembered that in the 16th century, the Catholic Church experienced a “Reformation.”
Spearheaded by Martin Luther, the chief architect behind the religious movement, strongly didn’t agree with the Catholic Church about some key beliefs and practices.
He published his 95 Theses, a list of controversial topics and discussion points in the Catholic Church at the time.
King Henry VIII of England just wanted to divorce his wife because she wouldn’t provide him with a baby boy to be the next king (current science shows that it is entirely his fault that he couldn’t have a son).
The Pope told him he could not divorce, so Henry ignored the pope’s decision made the Church of England.
These individuals saw a problem with the Church, so they took action into their own hands and attempted to fix it.
“It is now 2018, and the Church still needs fixing. Corruption at the core has turned officials evil. The primary example is the Pope. As the head of the Catholic Church, the infallible Pope is supposed to be a role model to all Catholics. He is the spiritual leader who has one goal: to get as many people to convert and stay Catholic. He also must do so with the intention of getting as many people to be saved by God’s grace (in layman terms, not burn in Hell),” grabbed from editorial piece in 71 Republic.
“Today, however, many people do not like or approve of what Pope Francis is doing. Most religious conservatives and libertarians disprove of how the Pope puts his nose into matters involving politics,” the article added.
Pope Francis has been seen discussing policies with popular and powerful liberals, such as former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry.
He made it known through these encounters that he supports such policies such as the Iran Nuclear deal and the large intake of refugees from the Middle East by Europe. The Pope also is a strong believer in global warming and climate change.
These main three issues that the Pope discussed had many right-leaning Catholics infuriated for justifiable reasons. Even though the Pope has the right to believe whatever he want to, he is abusing his papal power.
Furthermore, the article also noted that “the Pope is believed to be completely true when he speaks of religious matters. This does not make him infallible when he talks politics. The way he presents his politics, however, is done in a way where the political issue is connected to a Catholic teaching or value in a vague way. An example is the refugee issue.”
In the end, Catholic Church is not a perfect institution. It should really undergo series of extensive reformation to meet the increasing pressure in and out of the institution.
Under Pope Francis’ leadership, it embraces historic change from accepting LGBTQ community to opening doors to sinful individuals.
No wonder, it is the perfect time to clean the major institution of faith in the world. For we all know, we are living in a technological-inclined and space of understanding universe.
Can we give a try for the Church?