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Sunday, 20 June 2004
Reflection on today's reading
In earlier times, one of the most common hidden heresies was to reserve the name of Church to only part of it, a sort of sacralised power - 'the body of pastors with the Roman Pontiff'. Vatican II reacted against this concept by changing the order of Chs. 2 and 3 of Lumen Gentium, placing the chapter dedicated to the people of God ahead of the chapter dedicated to the hierarchy. Unfortunately Vatican II's outlook has not affected the mentality of many Church people. One fears that today many ministers believe themselves Church, not for being Christians, but for being priests or bishops. Yet St Augustine shows us that he knew he was Church for being a christian, not for being a bishop. He says 'I am a christian with you and a bishop for you. What I am for you terifies me, what I am with you consoles me.
Sunday, 13 June 2004
Paul Collins spoke today after Mass. How refreshing it was to hear this man of intellect, integrity and breadth of outlook speak optimistically about the Church, and why he has remained a part of it, despite the "discoutesies" he was subjected to by the Vatican inquisitors. You can find a copy of Eddie Campion's review of Between the Rock and a Hard Place from Online Catholics here.
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