Why does one disobey? There could be millions of reasons. But imagine obliging somebody not to eat for a long time. Although one does not want to disobey, yet deep deep down he feels that he/she is right and he/she cannot side with this kind of law. Now this is just a silly example but there are many instances in the Catholic Church where many people feel that they are at odds with the Pope.

The Catholic church has always used the dogma and obedience to silence the people. In some parts of the world, people are afraid to go against the Catholic Church. The church itself always felt that it is an authority when it comes to religious matters. It prefers to write long, theological documents which the common people understand very little. The common man is facing life with all its challenges. One is facing various dilemmas. Although the common people are not endowed with theological reasons, yet the common sense and the experience of everyday life counteract the ignorance of theology. As we have been insisting for a very long time, God uses anybody and any circumstance to bring out his Word. The common people reach their own conclusion regarding what God wants them to do.

Fifty years ago, the Second Vatican Council inaugurated a new type of theology: starting from the common experience and finding God in the same experience. Now it seems that we are going back to square one: we start from dogma or documents and we have to make people believe it! We don’t care what the common people say. I’m fed up with clerics who always have a ready made answer to silence the people when they disagree with the Pope. It seems that they live on another planet where life is totally different. Just hearing some Sunday homilies, one understands that they keep harping on the same matters, yet the common people have other more urgent challenges to face!

What’s beautiful about the Second Vatican council is that the conscience is supreme when it comes to decision making! Yet most of the priests do not preach this value to the people in order to keep them feeling guilty. Now guilt feeling has been abused in the Catholic Church in the sense that when one goes against some teaching they feel as if they are committing a crime. Personally I know many people who agree with some practical teaching, yet they still don’t have the energy or power to cross the line. This is because in some areas the Catholic Church makes it very difficult to go against it! The case in Germany is a case in point: if one does not give money to the church, one should not expect any services from the church.…how about reading the gospel and finding where and when Jesus asked for money first, service later on?? To add insult to injury, it’s the official church which sometimes accuses people who want to go on their spiritual journey, albeit in a different path, as cafeteria Catholics where they select what pleases them from the official teaching. Just mentioning the word ‘money’ should make the Church blush…..

On a positive side more married priests come to the Catholic church! Even people who have no idea who the Catholic Church is, yet they see this action as a possible big change in the future! It is preparing people to accept married priests. Obviously the church would have a problem with money because they need to financially support a married man, possibly with children and a wife, and that could be the real challenge from the point of view of the church.