In this modern and progressive world people need flexibility and a chance to make things right. The Catholic Church is an ancient Christian institution co-existing in a world that’s completely different from the time of the Early Christians. The Church truly needs to be open to change and reform. The Church as we know it can still be the ancient traditional Church it was in the 1st century and still co-exist in this modern world. However, what exactly needs to be changed you ask? So much. This however needs to be done carefully as to not change the nature or identity of the Church. The Church is Catholic, and shall remain Catholic no matter how much change and reform is brought. What specifically needs to be addressed are important questions to be asked by the faithful.
One of the largest crisis hitting the Church is the shortage of priests. The shortage of priests is alarming and those in urban cities can feel the crisis. Priests are currently stationed at multiple parishes at a time and overseeing a great multitude of people which can be unbearable at times. Elderly priests are being awakened from their rest and being told to throw back their stole on in an effort to curtail the shortage of priests. The shortage is expected to get alarmingly larger and the Church needs to do something feasible to prevent this from taking place. The only solution is to give priests the opportunity to become married. There are so many good men out there who could potentially become good priests but at the same time have a wife and children to love. Eastern Catholics who are in communion with the Vatican are allowed to become married before ordination but not after. Anglican and Episcopalian priests who are in fact Catholic but not in union with the Vatican but seek unity are able to married priests. Something the Church should take into consideration is allowing priests the opportunity to have full or part time secular jobs. Allowing priests to have part time or full time secular jobs would relieve the local Church from any financial burden it would have on supporting it’s priests. This should be given this opportunity, because a man who has an intense calling from God but would also has the desire to be a lawyer, doctor, teacher, chef, etc he should be given that opportunity and be able to support himself. The priest who chooses this sort of path would not live in a rectory and would not receive any support from the local church. He would take on the full ministries fully on the weekends and around his working schedule of the secular job he freely chooses. This would further bring in the influx of men wanting to become priests alongside marriage in the priesthood. The Church needs to be open to these very important ideas because a shortage of priests would not be a good thing for the people of God. The faithful need priests to direct and comfort them. Priests are important to society and without them they would be a sad loss.
The Church also needs to be more open to unity and reconciliation to other Christian Churches. The Church needs to make the extreme effort to seek unity with the Orthodox, Oriental, Anglican, Episcopalian, and Independent Churches. Basically all the Churches that claim Apostolic succession and have the identity of Catholic. The Catholic Church which is very powerful should seek this important and long awaited reconciliation between all these Churches who are both Catholic and Apostolic. Unity is important and important to humanity. Likewise, the Church should extend the doctrine of Salvation not just to all Christians but to Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. All these faith are all connected in their love and worship for the Almighty God and should rightly so be seen positively by the Christian community. Although these faiths are different they are the same in the paths and effort to seek God.
A more open use of Catholic Charismatic/Pentecostal services inside the Church. Charismatic/Pentecostal Masses should be widely available in every community. The same goes for the Traditional Mass, the Tridentine Mass should be widely available in every community and should be freely said. With that being said, the Norvos Ordo Mass should remain in complete use however should be slightly reformed. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass should be focused souly on Jesus Christ without question. Catholics honor the Blessed Mary and the Saints and there’s nothing wrong with that and as a matter of fact has a complete Biblical basis. However, the focus of the Mass is God in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Honoring Mary and the Saints shall be reserved outside of Mass. With the Norvos Ordo Mass alongside being said in the common language of the people shall also be allowed to said in Latin. The Tridentine Mass should also be allowed to be said in the common language of the people. The history of the Mass and ancient texts of early Masses should be extensively researched in an effort to more fully understand the Holy Sacrifice.
A more Biblical and apologetic understanding of doctrine and practice needs to be emphasized in the Church. Catholics need a more understanding of their doctrine and practices in an effort to defend their faith against attackers of the faith. A more complete Biblical and apologetic back up needs to be used in teaching and explaining the faith. Beliefs and practices such as indulgences, papal infallibility, the assumption, etc. should be throughly researches and investigated before making the the decision to end these beliefs and practices.
It’s with hope that the Holy Catholic Church changes in our modern World and give into the pleas of Christ’s people. Christ’s people are pleading with the Church of Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church to change. When will the Church change, better yet, if it will change are all very important questions that need to be asked by every Catholic Christian. The Church must and should change for the good of all people.