As I think about the recent LCWR news, the IndyStar’s misinformed article about the “ordination of the first woman in Indiana,” and about the folks in the SSPX who are fighting Rome’s invitation to return to the fold despite the recent good news suggesting we might be close to healing on that one, I keep thinking back to the Pope’s Chrism Mass homily:
Recently a group of priests from a European country [Ed.: Austria] issued a summons to disobedience, and at the same time gave concrete examples of the forms this disobedience might take, even to the point of disregarding definitive decisions of the Church’s Magisterium, such as the question of women’s ordination, for which Blessed Pope John Paul II stated irrevocably that the Church has received no authority from the Lord. Is disobedience a path of renewal for the Church? We would like to believe that the authors of this summons are motivated by concern for the Church, that they are convinced that the slow pace of institutions has to be overcome by drastic measures, in order to open up new paths and to bring the Church up to date. But is disobedience really a way to do this? Do we sense here anything of that configuration to Christ which is the precondition for all true renewal, or do we merely sense a desperate push to do something to change the Church in accordance with one’s own preferences and ideas?
Dissent is not the way to real renewal. A good point for us to remember.