Seems that Church criminal activity IS the result of failed theology…according to Robert Mickens quoting Church historian, Massimo Faggioli, in Mickens’ recent article “Why Catholic Church leaders risk failing on the issue of sexual abuse”
Scrolling down Mickens’ article to the subheading The ongoing implosion of the Church, we find these words:
“As Massimo Faggioli suggested in a recent article published by La Croix International.” says Mickens,
It is not simply a question of dealing with a criminal phenomenon. It is also a theological question: from the theology of the sacraments (especially ordination to the priesthood) to ecclesiological models; from the role of women in the Church to last century’s magisterium on sexual morality. (Bold emphasis ours)
“The most complicated issue concerns the structural reforms required to address the mystique surrounding the priesthood and the episcopate, which are often still seen as positions of honor without the responsibilities that derive from holy orders.
(Indented text and absence of most quote marks in above two paragraphs are as in original Mickens’ article.)
At Rite Beyond Rome, we believe that Church criminal activity IS the result of failed theology.
If Vatican II had been taken seriously by the Church preceding Francis, it would not have been dismissed as simply a pastoral council.
If Vatican II had been taken seriously back in the 1970’s, 80’s, 90’s up to the present day, collegial community would have been the hallmark of a modern theology transvalued in light of the very core of the Gospels and Church Tradition of Collegial Community…and not simply in light of episcopal collegiality which was also suppressed.
Want more on how the Church would look as a Collegial Community?
Also see: Beyond Damage Control and Church Structural Reform: Theology Supports Sex/Power Abuse?