Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Is the Church the people of God who are supposed to become the Good News in the world, or is it the Vatican? We have a theology that says the Church is the people of God, but a lot of people don't buy into this. One reason is that the Vatican as a governing body, refers to itself as "the Church" when making its rules for the people of God. The kiss of peace in the mass is one of these issues where the word "church" is used to refer to the Vatican. The statement says, "The Church is concerned about hugging at the kiss of peace and wants us to go to a simple handshake." The Church here is obviously the Vatican, because the people of God have settled this issue or are not at all concerned about it, and/or like to hug. I think if the Vatican simply said "The Vatican" instead of "The Church," things would be a bit more consistent theologically. Don't people have germs all over their hands?