Does the Catholic Church have a future?, Mexican priest responds in his new book

Does the Catholic Church have a future?, Mexican priest responds in his new book
Does the Catholic Church have a future?, Mexican priest responds in his new book

the mexican priest José Francisco Gómez Hinojosa, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Monterrey, assures that the future of the Catholic Church lies in the return to its origins: Jesus of Nazarethas well as in “avoiding a return to activities, practices, doctrines, attitudes, schemes, structures and institutions that, precisely, have affected their present and that seriously jeopardize their future.”

Vida Nueva spoke with the Monterrey priest, who recently published his book: ‘Does the Catholic Church have a future? Her performance in the current situation ‘of the PPC publishing house, who assures that this work ”can serve to make a good examination of conscience and, from below – without waiting for the Pope to do it, because they won’t let him -, try the changes that allow our Catholic Church to recover its original charism“.

Likewise, he considered that the book is useful both to talk with the family, and in “the groups of Jesus, in the parish communities”, about the role that the Catholic Church played in dealing with the pandemic, and how she could face her future, according to the following of Jesus.

A distancing especially from millennials

QUESTION.- How did you decide on the title of the book; Could it be that at some point the possibility that the Catholic Church might not have a future was questioned?

RESPONSE.- Back in the 90’s of the last century I wondered in three essays about the future of capitalism, socialism and postmodernity, economic-political-social systems that were going through a strong crisis. I thought, already at the beginning of 2020, that we were experiencing something similar in the Catholic Church, with a great distance from its membersespecially from young millennials, who did not find in his message the answers to the questions that are asked daily.

Already from outside it, with a public opinion outraged by the scandals that took place week after week, and whose protagonists were clergymen high on the ecclesiastical ladder; already from within, with a Francis of Rome bent on renewing it, and facing terrible oppositionespecially from the Vatican Curia, the truth is that – it seemed to me – a reflection similar to the one I had made almost 30 years ago was worthwhile.

A Catholic Church capable of coming out stronger?

Q.- Who is the book for and how is it structured?

R.- Anyone, Catholic or not, who is interested in the future of the Catholic Church, and who wants to penetrate, at least a little, into the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

throughout the book I ask myself three questions: What were the doctrinal topics that were preached the most during the contingency? And those that Jesus preached? What about charitable actions for the benefit of the sick and the faithful in general? And the ones that Jesus did? And how was faith celebrated? And Jesus, how did he celebrate it?

In the answers we will insert the process that the Catholic Church was carrying out, before the emergence of the pandemic, in attention to these three fundamental aspects of their evangelization: a faith that is preached in the catechetical pastoral, that is lived in the social pastoral and that is celebrated in the liturgical pastoral, with its action once the contingency arose, in the first part of the test. In the second we will answer the same questions, but according to the words and deeds of Jesus. We will address the three topics from the ‘See – Judge – Act’ methodology.

Q.- Do you consider, based on what is written in your book, that the pandemic situation helped the Catholic Church in some way or made it mature in some way?either?

R.- That remains to be seen, and sometimes I am a bit pessimistic. The coronavirus came to aggravate a crisis that was already visible due to the gradual estrangement of the faithful, and an adequate response was not always given to it. Yes, there were a lot of lights, but I think more shadows. Single the future will tell us if the Catholic Church was able to emerge stronger from the contingency or if, on the contrary, he returned to schemes and attitudes that give him a lot of security, but that prevent him from fully fulfilling his mission.

The article is in Spanish

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