Gays Should Back ‘Catholic Spring’ Uprising Against the Church

Vote Abbott & this man will have a standing invitation to The Lodge: pic by Ruby Goes

The retired Sydney bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who designed Australia’s Catholic clergy sex abuse response, wants to force the Vatican to tackle the crisis at its source – and that means reforming the Vatican itself.

He has started a petition to demand a global church council, like Vatican II.He reckons that the election of new Pope Francis opens the door to change – if Francis means what he says.

But the Pope will find it hard to make the radical changes that are needed, unless he has a massive public movement behind him. That’s what Robinson hopes his effort will create, a kind of “Catholic Spring” to bring down the old order.

He identifies many problems: the lack of professional organisation and structure, the lack of women and laity in positions of real power, the cult of clericalism (setting priests above ordinary people), celibacy, deference to authority.

LGBTI people should get behind the Bishops initiative: around the world, the Roman Catholic Church is mobilising its massive resources, not to help the poor, but to demonise LGBTI and block our progress to equality. And Church opposition to condoms is a direct contributor to the massive spread of AIDS in developing countries.

When the head of the church in Australia, the personal spiritual advisor to the probable next Prime Minister, says with a straight face, that a woman having an abortion is a greater sin than a priest abusing a child, it’s clear that nothing less than a revolution is required.

Please support the bishops campaign and sign the petition.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)