Pope Francis has launched what he described as the most ambitious attempt at Catholic reform in 60 years.
The two-year process of consulting with every priest in the world on the future direction of the Catholic Church has begun these days in the Vatican.
Some Catholics hope that these discussions will result in changes in issues such as the consecration of women, priestly marriages, and same-sex relationships. Others worry that this process will undermine the principles of the Catholic Church.
They believe that the focus on reform can divert attention from other issues facing the Church, such as corruption and declining levels of participation.
Pope Francis has urged Catholics not to be trapped in the things they believe in, but to “listen to one another” as he begins the process during a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
“Are we prepared for this journey?” Or are we bothered by the unknown, preferring to reason as usual, ‘This is useless’ or ‘Have we always done this?’ “He asked.
Later, the Pope is expected to write an apostolic counsel, giving his views and decisions on the issues discussed.
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