October 28, 2013
Pope Francis has stated that he wants to change the Church so that guidance of the Church is not simply top-down, but horizontal as well.
Along with many parishioners of Edmonton, I would like to see Archbishop Smith call a conference about improving our parishes concerning the following:
Establish a connection between Pope Francis' vision and that of our local parishes.
Establish a feedback mechanism from the stakeholders of our faith (our parishioners) concerning homilies (content, message, delivery and understandability), outreach, youth, social justice, parish life and other needed programs.
A critical look at the celibacy issue of the priesthood for the information of the Holy See
Comparative study of our faith practice and that of other Christian traditions for self-improvement.
As editor of the WCR, I believe you have the responsibility of forwarding readers' letters to the appropriate Church departments for their information and responses.
When this is done, your excellent paper will become a transformation tool for the Church authorities to take proactive measures to change the Catholic faith from being sluggish to being vibrant.
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