A review of Bishop Fritz Lobinger’s book Every Community Its Own Ordained Leaders is up on The Southern Cross web site. The thought that communities without priests may discern and present “proven men” for ordination is neither a new nor unorthodox path for the Church. The path the Church’s leaders have put us on may, in fact, be sending the wrong message:
By the way it is coping with the increasing shortage of priests, the Church is signalling that the faithful can manage without either sacraments or priests. If the sacramental dimension diminishes in importance, the Church itself, as the fundamental sacrament, will be devalued in the eyes of the faithful.
Rome’s attitude is sometimes evidenced by such offerings as “taking back” the ordination of hundreds of deacons in Mexico a few years ago. A theology prof of mine had a favorite saying, “The Eucharist makes the Church.” It’s not always clear this principle is as much at the forefront of prayer and thought as “Orders make the Church.”
Anyway, the South African site is open for comments, so have at it. But be polite.