|AEC meeting in Guyana - Challenge to bishops - Apr 29|
|2012 - News|
|Saturday, 28 April 2012 22:48|
The Caribbean Catholic Church must become present to the people of the region, and so transform its society. And bishops of the Antilles have been challenged to lead the way in this transformation.
Bishop Kenneth Richards of St John’s-Basseterre (Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis) made the call at last Sunday’s opening Mass of the 56th annual plenary meeting of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Georgetown. The AEC bishops met last week in Guyana.
Incarnational Ecclesiology: Expression of Easter Faith was the theme of the homily preached by Bishop Richards, the most recently ordained bishop of the AEC.
The Jamaica-born bishop said society today was “caught in a conundrum and a complexity” which challenges traditional values, so much so, many Catholics forget or disregard what the Church teaches.
“Others practise a ‘cafeteria Catholicism’- choosing what parts of the faith they will follow. Some profess the Creed but confine its influence only to participation in the Liturgy on Sundays.”
He said the odds seem stacked against the bishops in their efforts to counter this “tsunami”. He added that the Church’s credibility – “some real...some perceived...some a misconception” – was also a factor.
Church leaders are easily labelled as being out of touch with reality and having “no business in certain spheres of personal, social, or civil life.”
Bishop Richards said however, that the bishops have an obligation to “confront and challenge the reality of the experience of our Caribbean society to lead our people to the Way, the Truth, and the Life, that the Resurrected Jesus Christ offers to every human being.”
He said the Church must rediscover the way to be incarnate as Christ was.
“For the Church to be incarnate, it must begin with us its shepherds. So we must pursue ways, opportunities as to how we can become more present to our clergy and religious – those who stand in the vanguard for us in the mission of the Church – and in so doing, equip them to be incarnate themselves to become ministers who are present to our people, who in turn will become incarnate, present to society in a transformative way.”
More on the AEC meeting which ended on Friday 27 in next week’s edition.
Full text of Bishop Richards’ homily is available at www.aecrc.org.________________________________________________________________________________________ **DISCLAIMER**: User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment writer and are not representative of Camsel/Catholic News or its staff. Camsel/Catholic News accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments. Please help us keep our site clean from inappropriate comments by using the flag option. Camsel/Catholic News reserves the right to remove, to edit or to censor any comments. Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will be removed. Before posting, please refer to the Comments Policy under Resources