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Wednesday, September 16, 2009



St Cyprian's letter to St Cornelius in the Office of Readings contains a striking and powerful affirmation of faith in the reality of the Church as the Body of Christ, of the real mystical unity of each member of the Church with all other members. If this was believed today, our Church would be very different. World Youth Day helps to give young (and older) people some experience of this reality but it needs to be articulated more. If it had been believed better, our sexual abuse problems would not have turned into international scandals. Laity would not have felt so abandoned by modish clerics and bishops who sometimes even today adopt an us and them mentality. Clerics have often been cast as employees or professional arm of the Church, as institution or enterprise, and laity as the clients and rate payers. How different Parish and School life would be if Catholics believed in the Body of Christ.
"Let us then remember one another, united in mind and heart. Let us pray without ceasing, you for us, we for you; by the love we share we shall thus relieve the strain of these great trials."
Its not just platitudes.

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