If religious teachers told their parishioners
that individuals can experience God
they would not be so dependent upon the clergy.
This codependency creates clergy job security
and although Sin management can hold a flock together,
we soon realize that there is little maturity,
or even love,
in a flock that is glued together in this way.
The passive, passive-dependent nature of the church
is obvious to many of us.
We are all equally called to follow Jesus,
but the hierarchy has created a caste system;
some people are supposed to get it and take it seriously,
and some are just along for the ride.
The very term layperson
implies someone who doesn’t know anything.
We have been left with the professional clergy and the amateurs.
In truth, we were all meant to be professional disciples.
does not need a hierarchy of decision makers;
it does not argue about gender issues in leadership or liturgy;
nor does it demand licensed officials for sacraments.
does not need preachers and bishops;
it does not have moralistic membership requirements.
Spirituality lives and thrives
in dedicated lovers
who have every chance of becoming healers in their world,
each according to his or her gift.
Christians who love are self-initiating.
Living in love
can achieve the same radical inner renewal
as sacraments and formal initiation rites.
Love touches the unconscious,
where most of our wounds and need for healing lie.