What a creative, informative and engaging way to draw us together in our responsibility and our capacity for the essential reform and renewal in our Church. In naming our deepest institutional wounds, Saving Catholics reminds us of the important and authentic wisdom of standing in solidarity with one another, and in encouraging one another in taking steps, individually and communally, for the vital healing of our Church.
Geraldine Hawkes Ecumenical Facilitator at SA Council of Churches Past Inaugural Chair of the Commission for Australian Catholic Women (2000-2006)
Gideon Goosen offers in these pages a hands on, down to earth, technologically savvy workbook that will be ideal preparation for ordinary Catholics as well as their leaders for the upcoming Australian Plenary Council. In a post Royal Commission Australia, this little book calls for big changes, all inspired by Pope Francis and his vision of the church as a ""community of missionary disciples."" Like Pope Francis, this book is sometimes provocative, but like Francis as well, it is inspired by a deep commitment to the gospel.
Steve Bevans SVD Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture, Emeritus Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
Gideon Goosen is an author and theologian who holds doctorates in philosophy and theology. He is a prolific author of many theological articles and books and his most recent book is Hyphenated Christians: Towards a better understanding of dual religious belonging, (Peter Lang, 2013). Gideon taught theology at the Australian Catholic University, Sydney, for thirty years and was chair of the Theology Reflection Commission of the NSW Ecumenical Council (1995-2016). Locally he is co-ordinator of an
Interchurch Group involved in promoting ecumenism and interfaith dialogue. Gideon is married with three children and lives in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Foreword Archbishop Mark Coleridge 7
Introduction / Glossary / Websites 11
Chapter 1 Good Things about the Church 19
No Standing Still
We are Relational Beings
Invitation to Listen
Examples of Good Experiences
Chapter 2 Negative Things About Church 35
Growing up Catholic
The Seven Precepts of the church
What does Matthew say?
Lack of listening
Reasons for Decline of church-goers
Chapter 3 Clericalism: We All Suffer From It 49
What is Clericalism?
Examples of Clericalism
Clericalism and Culture
Origin of Clergy/Lay Divide
Church a Community of Equals
Chapter 4 All about Reform 67
What are "Reform and "Renewal"?
Reformers Then and Now
Need for Reform
Reform: How Big is it?
The Role of the Pastor
The Common Priesthood of all the Faithful
Attitudinal and Structural Reform
Chapter 5 Challenges of Reform 89
Reform Takes Time
People do not like Change
Power: Its Use and Abuse
Challenges for the Laity
Reforms are Always Imperfect
The Cost of Not Reforming
How Does Change Work?
Theory of Change
Chapter 6 Hope through the Pope. 111
Lack of Hope
The Holy Spirit at Work
The Pope on Reform
Ordination of Women
Movers and Shakers
Preparation for Ordination
Epilogue: Tweetable Tweets 133
Appendix: Faith Stages, James Fowler 135
Index of Topics and Authors 137