Considerations on Church-Renewing Movements 3
“3. Proposals about renewal invariably follow a simple pattern. They propose a description of the life of the church that depicts what is flawed in one way or another – we are told that the church is diseased or sick in some crucial respect. This leads to a diagnosis as to why the flaw or set of flaws has developed – we are given an account of the etiology of the sickness of the church. Finally, there is a prescription as to how to put things right – we are offered an account of the medicine that we need to take if the church is to be cured” (p. 3-4).
- Does this project presuppose that the church is marred, malformed, or diseased? To follow that thread of thought backward will probably reveal the ecclesiology and sacramentology of any given restorative program.
- What remedy does this project promote? Does it automatically trade off form and order with spontaneity and anticlericalism?