July 06, 2021
Every week after his resignation, Giuseppe Gracia, head of communications and spokesman for the diocese of Chur (canton of Graubünden, Switzerland) from 2011 to March 4, 2021, spoke to the German Catholic weekly Die Tagespost.
He had first served Bishop Vitus Huonder after which, after his retirement in Might 2019, Bishop Peter Bürcher, apostolic administrator till the appointment of Bishop Joseph Bonnemain, consecrated on March 19, 2021.
For Giuseppe Gracia, “The Church is polarized like civil society, so the wind blows out and in. This wind, that’s to say the spirit of the occasions, needs the requirements of the Church to be the identical because the requirements of up to date secular tradition.”
For some, the life of these distant from the Church, within the welfare society of central Europe, ought to function “normative ideas for reforming Church educating,” he laments.
In different phrases, “it’s about studying Catholic custom within the gentle of the spirit of the occasions, slightly than the opposite method round: studying the spirit of the time within the gentle of Catholic custom,” he provides.
“Church leaders in every single place say they need to evangelize, proclaim the religion, however 90% of the communication from Catholic leaders considerations solely questions concerning the establishment, energy, and inner scandals. It doesn’t carry anybody again to the Church, quite the opposite,” stresses the previous spokesman.
“The Church in all of the German-speaking nations is polarized, as a result of the secularization of society and the desecration of life have lengthy permeated it. The Church is attacked when it doesn’t sustain with the occasions,” explains Giuseppe Gracia.
In keeping with him, the strain of the zeitgeist won’t cease so long as the Church nonetheless doesn’t have quotas for girls, will not be democratic, and doesn’t approve of all the pieces that almost all needs: marriage for all, abortion, surrogacy, euthanasia …
For the document: John Paul II himself didn’t hesitate to say that Catholicism in Europe was in a state of “silent apostasy.” And shortly earlier than his election to the sovereign hold forth, Benedict XVI in contrast the Church to a “boat taking up water on all sides.”
To face these assaults you will need to study to re-present the religion, continues Giuseppe Gracia, “to make it comprehensible with motive and persistence, to be instructional and clear. … Sadly, this usually doesn’t work, as a result of many actors, contained in the Church herself and out of doors, reject conventional religion and take refuge in innocuous generalities,” he says.
“It isn’t an issue with communications right here,” he says, “it’s a lot deeper. This can be a battle of orientation. The progressive aspect thinks, ‘We strengthen love and enhance society once we query the gospel and the educating of the Church from the angle of up to date tradition.’”
“The standard aspect thinks, ‘We strengthen love and enhance society once we problem modern tradition from the standpoint of the gospel and the teachings of the Church.’ There’s a world of distinction between these two visions!”
It’s comprehensible that this spokesman, at solely 53 years of age, resigned on March 4, even earlier than the brand new bishop of Chur, Msgr. Bonnemain, took workplace. A month later, the latter declared to the Zurich every day Blick on April 3, concerning ecclesiastical celibacy: “the query is whether or not each priest ought to stay celibate. Right here too the Church is in a means of growth.”