“ Catholic Church Reform” is a global organization of lay people networking to support the initiatives Pope Francis is taking . Kindly read earlier reports published in Almayasabdam. Many of us are already members of this group and learning a lot from their weekly communications.
In an earlier article I raised the question: Why our Indian Bishops have not even uttered a word about the grassroots survey at parish level ordered by Pope Francis already last October on challenges faced by families. It was also one of the questions in my letter submitted to Archbishop Alancherry, Bishop Sebastin Adayanthreth and others already on Dec.13/2013. To this day I was not lucky to receive any explanation from the bishops A week ago I got published in Almayasabdam a report of the Survey done by German and Swiss bishops. I sent that report also to our bishops to make sure they see it, even if they don’t read Almayasabdam. That also produced no results.
So I brought this to the attention of Catholic Chuch Reform. Given below is the reply I received from . Peter Wilkinson one of the responsible persons in the organization.
I have just read your article and was staggered to read: “It was to find out the heart beats of ordinary folks on challenges the family faces today that Francis ordered last October an opinion poll at parish level, which is in progress in many countries but not even announced in India.”
Is it possible that none of the Indian bishops took the request of the Synod Secretariat seriously?
Here in Australia all the dioceses distributed the questionnaire to the parishes and at least 8 (of the 28 territorial dioceses) made the online version, prepared by the bishops of England and Wales, available on their diocesan websites.
Next Monday, the Australian Catholic Coalition for Church Renewal, made up of all the reform/renewal groups in Australia, will be asking the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference to make public its synthesis of all the responses received, just as the German bishops have done.
However, we are not hopeful of a positive response, as the UK bishops have indicated that the Holy See does not want the responses to be made public…….
I would also like to follow up on some other issues in your blog of 1 Feb 2014 re Indian priests and communities in Australia. You may not realize it, but priests recruited from India (particularly Southern India) for parish ministry in Australian dioceses, now number 130 and far outnumber the next biggest group (Vietnamese 70) of priests born or recruited from outside Australia. I have written quite a bit on this subject (Google 'Wilkinson Report' and go to the Catholica links).
We might talk about these issues at a later date.Warmest best wishes,