Friday 26 May 2017

Letters: Love not power must be the dynamic of the church

Pope Francis: is facing history of
church abuses head-on. Photo: Reuters
Pope Francis: is facing history of church abuses head-on. Photo: Reuters

* Fact of history; Christ founded the Christian church. He commissioned the apostles and their successors to guide his church, not by power but by love. For the first three centuries they obeyed him, for the most part.

Since then, with few exceptions, the church leaders have disobeyed him. They have blatantly ignored his command and have governed the church by naked power, in direct contradiction to his clear instructions.

No doubt, many church leaders were well-intentioned, but grossly wrong-headed, in failing to remember Christ's basic principle, love not power.

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