I already see the glimmer of disbelief in the eyes of many readers – half a century after the II Vatican Council and after years of normal practice in churches around the world, the pope considers to allow women to be readers during a catholic service. Even if the theological facts are more complicated, alone this headline shows for millions of Christians that the Vatican has lost touch with earth and people and its own base a long time ago. It is another nail in the coffin of a church which simply seems to ignore reality for ages – how long had Galilaei to wait until he was absolved from the church?
For somebody working in the church and trying to bring people to understand the blessings of our faith, such headlines are simply disasters and not easy to rectify. It shows that all pastoral work to reach the people and to bring the good news to the faithful might experience backstabbing from a media approach, which is simply not only outdated but contra productive. The way news are brought has changed so dramatically in the last 50 years – it seems not for some Vatican circles.
After bringing the death unbaptized babies out of the limbo, after getting the world spinning around the sun, after prematurely getting into a fierce and unpleasant debate with the Pius hardliners and so much more to get worried about, another headline has hit the press making the lives of ordinary priests more difficult.