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p. 1217. The future of Catholicismlocked

  • Gerald O’Collins

Abstract

At one level, the future of Catholicism is bound up with the ecological, political, and social challenges that face the whole human race: global warming, the savagery of war, and religious and ideological differences. ‘The future of Catholicism’ identifies specific problems as over-centralized governance in the Church, persistent controversies over liturgical changes, and widespread child abuse scandals. Greater inter-faith understanding and co-operation are needed. Declining numbers of priests have rendered more important the ministry of all baptized members and ordination to the priesthood of married men. A radical conversion to the living Christ is necessary if the Church is to renew itself and work for the good of humanity.

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