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09-11-2018

Thanks to whom will we be free in the Catholic Church?

1. There is no doubt that in the future women's religious rights (which are also human rights) for all sacraments of the Church will be finally recognized, without excluding the priestly ministry. Will that change take place thanks to Catholic women, who are victims of the macho Church and not recognized as fully and humanly valid subjects?

There is also no doubt that the Church finally will recognize the identity, the dignity and the religious rights (which are also human rights) of homosexual persons as subjects of all sacraments, including priesthood and marriage (from which they are now excluded). Will that future change take place thanks to LGBTIQ Catholic people, who are the victims of discrimination and persecution in the Church?

Or, will there be other factors to force the Church to make these changes urgently needed? Unfortunately, I think that we, Catholics, will not be the agents who will require the Church to respect us as subjects. Sadly, other factors will be decisive to save us from our own hell and recover our dignity as believers.

2. In our situation of oppressed people, consciously or subconsciously, we have accepted the condition ascribed to us and we are not capable of taking a decisive, communal and united step. Deep inside, we accept not who we are, but what others have made of us. We submit to the system of oppression, to symbolic violence, to structures of annulment, perhaps dreaming of a better future, but we feel that we are neutralized, immobilized, settled in our situation of non-subject. My sad belief is that Catholic Church has effectively neutralized us, and its future conversion will not be a result of our actions.

In the fight against racism, the blacks disobeyed their reduction to non-subjects. In the fight against homophobia LGBT people were opposed to the order and the law since the Stonewall revolt, which considered them non-subjects. In the struggle for women's rights, feminist women prevailed against the annihilation by the society that considered them non-subjects. In the liberation of the Catholic Church from homophobia and misogyny, we, the baptized, will not be the ones who demand the radical change of the institution.

3. Christ left a community of men and women capable of revolutionizing history. Today the same community does not even seem able to identify the systematic evils (the social and structural sins) that afflict it within it, corrupting the essence of Christianity. This inertia is particularly serious at the time when the liberationist movements of humanity have shown how to fight in defence of human rights. The lesson of their effectiveness has not yet arrived to Catholics. I would not want it to be true that, while thanks to blacks, feminists, LGBTIQ activists the world becomes more respectful of dignity and human rights, the Church is increasingly corrupted thanks to the inertia of Catholics.