Rebellion in Spanish Church against new Pope

10th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

10 May 2005, MADRID — Spanish Jesuits have asked the new Pope Benedict XVI to introduce more liberal reforms in the Roman Catholic Church.

10 May 2005

MADRID — Spanish Jesuits have asked the new Pope Benedict XVI to introduce more liberal reforms in the Roman Catholic Church.

In a significant move, the magazine 'Messenger from the Heart of Jesus' said in an editorial the Pope Benedict XVI should introduce more freedom of expression amongst believers.

The editorial, entitled 'A Church of participation and communion', the Jesuit movement magazine called on bishops who made up the Episcopal Conference of Spain, to be chosen in a different way, taking into account the "diocese and the people they are going to serve".

The editorial also called for "more freshness, spontaneity and change" in the celebrations of liturgies, a traditional part of the Catholic service.

It said the church seemed more an administrative entity and should be less occupied in finding "deviations and errors" and be more concerned with "developing pluralism and not excluding others from the faith".

The editorial went on to ask more freedom of opinion in the church and called for "distinct ideas, diverse mentalities, cultures or ways of thinking have a comfortable place in the Christian community".

The magazine went on to say the church was hierarchical and could be more democratic.

It concluded: "If only this recently elected Pope would take this track with the help of all believers."

A survey found most Spaniards thought the Roman Catholic church was out of touch with modern social changes.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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