Outgoing bishop takes swipe at Vatican
Father Pat Power has resigned after more than 25 years as the bishop of Canberra and Goulburn.
He has become known as one of the church’s more progressive leaders, questioning the need for priests to be celibate and for women to be excluded from senior roles.
Father Power says the sexual abuse scandals have diminished the authority of the church and warns that unless there is reform, parishes will continue to shrink.
“There’s been the whole question of sexual abuse, which has brought a terrible stain on the life of the church,” he said.
“But I think there’s wider reform that’s needed there and my great sadness is the fact that the second Vatican Council gave us the pathway, I think, for the church to be more accommodated to bring the message of Christ to the modern world. [More]