In Saving Catholics, author Gideon Goosen sets out to address the challenge championed by Pope Francis to reform the Catholic Church.
It is an interactive workbook bringing together historical, theological, sociological, and experiential insights to illuminate the main issues surrounding reform. Taking a measured approach by looking at both the positives and the negatives arising from the experience of Catholics, Goosen examines such things as what reform actually is, the need for reform, and psychological attitudes and resistance towards reform. He tackles thorny subjects like clericalism head-on and addresses the abuse of power in the church.
He also seeks out signs of hope--following the example of Pope Francis--and explores possible strategies for the future. Saving Catholics is a practical tool for parish, school or other community groups to aid in their discernment of the way forward to reform and renewal in the Catholic Church.
Geraldine Hawkes Ecumenical Facilitator at SA Council of Churches Past Inaugural Chair of the Commission for Australian Catholic Women (2000-2006)
What a creative, informative and engaging way to draw us together in our responsibility and our capacity for the essential reform and renewal in our Church. In naming our deepest institutional wounds, Saving Catholics reminds us of the important and authentic wisdom of standing in solidarity with one another, and in encouraging one another in taking steps, individually and communally, for the vital healing of our Church.
Steve Bevans SVD Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture, Emeritu, s Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
Gideon Goosen offers in these pages a hands on, down to earth, technologically savvy workbook that will be ideal preparation for ordinary Catholics as well as their leaders for the upcoming Australian Plenary Council. In a post Royal Commission Australia, this little book calls for big changes, all inspired by Pope Francis and his vision of the church as a "community of missionary disciples." Like Pope Francis, this book is sometimes provocative, but like Francis as well, it is inspired by a deep commitment to the gospel.