(Source: MJ/We Are Church International)

Church reform group “Noi Siamo Chiesa” (We Are Church Italy) has presented its reflections on the coronavirus pandemic, starting from the observation of the fragility of the human race and the absolute need for adequate public policy at local and world level.

Full text of the statement of We Are Church Italy:

We are all interdependent. The sovereign lockdowns show a lack of perspective. The current movement of consensus and solidarity cannot hide how many large areas of suffering are present in our country, which are always much smaller than the devastation already underway or imminent in the poor countries of the world.

The current severe restrictions on rights run the risk of continuing beyond the emergency, and vigilance will have to be rigorous.

The exclusion of family members from the bedside of the sick is painful and one wonders whether it is not possible to provide for exceptions in specific cases that would be safe with regard to the risks of contagion.

The absence of [public] rites can be an opportunity for the People of God to play a new leading role in the search for ways of praying that recognise the limits of the monopoly of the clergy in the management of community life.

The online masses, photocopies of the traditional and inescapable ones, reveal how much the assembly is a constitutive element of the Eucharistic celebration.

[Noi Siamo Chiesa] goes on to speak of a “sacramentality of the base” to indicate the possibility of new ways of living the life of faith (blessing of the sick, and particular moments of family or individual life, reconciliation, ecumenical prayers…) that are well-studied and practiced and for that reason can be proposed in normal ecclesial life. 

As for traditional popular religiosity, which in our country is well present in emergency situations… its manifestations on the one hand must be thought of and lived without distorting the relationship between human history and the presence of God in history, and on the other hand must be profoundly revisited, in the light of the Council, in the line of the Liturgy’s attempts to confront the challenges of the contemporary world.

[Noi Siamo Chiesa] concludes by stating that perhaps a new orientation of social life and new underlying social objectives, a more equitable distribution of resources with an important role for the European Union, and a new awareness of the need for strong global governance based on the global ethics of which [theologian] Hans Küng speaks could be possible.

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