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Heartsick At Having All His World To Blame [Aug. 15th, 2018|12:50 pm]
Tony Grist
I wonder how old Peter was when he took on the job of fronting the early church. Artists show him as a middle-aged to elderly man - almost invariably bald- but Jesus was in his early 30s (we assume) when he started his work- and it's unlikely he chose men older than himself to form his inner circle. A lot was asked of them- physically and mentally- they can't have been dodderers.

A modern pope, in the nature of things- given that he's had to have had time to rise up through the hierarchy- is bound to be clocking on a bit- past his prime- with all that goes with it in terms of stamina and energy levels.

Pity Francis: he's been tasked with reforming the organisation that created him- and in which he's embedded- and he's well past the age at which people with worldly jobs retire.

Did he know what would be required of him when he was elected? Oh, he'll have realised child abuse was on the agenda- but had he any idea how vast the problem was- how systemic? Did it strike him- and does it strike him now- that it's not just a matter of a few malefactors to be weeded out but that the Church's whole business model is flawed? A priestly caste, all male, unmarried (celibate doesn't seem to be the case any more- if it ever was) and as self-protective as privileged groups always are- does he ever think, "Well we need to get rid of this for a start"?

Does he draw comfort from the knowledge that his time in the post is limited- by which I mean, of course, that he'll soon be dead?
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2018-08-19 03:39 pm (UTC)
poor guy so much shit to shovel
so little time and only one lung to do it with.
they need to let them all get married.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-08-19 06:40 pm (UTC)
It'll come. Women priests too. They can't hold out forever against common sense.
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[User Picture]From: qos
2018-08-22 01:46 am (UTC)
They've held out for more than two centuries with no problem. . .

Since they have a lack of priests, women have been shouldering more and more of the pastoral load, everything up actually performing the Mass. I keep hoping that one day enough men will enter the priesthood and rise in its rank who have spent their lives seeing women within and outside the church being just as effective as men, and they'll change the rules. But I suspect that there are far too many men in the priesthood who love that it is this last bastion of the old boys' club where they are safe from competition with women. And as long as the Catholic Church is not a democracy, those who are most conservative will rise the highest.

Or at least that's how it seems to me.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-08-22 07:57 am (UTC)
Interesting times.

Can the church weather the current crisis without changing the rules? We'll see.
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