Mike Gendron was interviewed on the Janet Mefferd Radio Show to discuss the pope's call for an urgent meeting to reexamine church teachings on contraception, cohabitation, divorce, remarriage and same-sex unions. Although he has been a strong opponent of same-sex marriage and contraception, he appears ready to defuse dissent over potential reforms by surveying every diocese in the world on theses controversial issues. He knows that a great number of Catholics disobey their church’s ban on premarital sex and birth control and gay partnerships.

From his ordination Pope Francis has been moving towards a less centralized authority structure.  He wants to move away from the bishops setting the rules and doctrine and instead offer more of a dialogue. He thinks the bishops should listen to what the laity has to say about these issues, as if the church were a democracy. This may change the long standing authority structure of the church. For 500 years tradition, Scripture and the magesterium have said to be equal in authority but in actual practice the Bishops sit over the other two and twist the Scriptures to make them conform to RC tradition. Perhaps the laiity will soon have a stronger voice and influence the bishops authority. We can only imagine what will happen to the RCC if morality is dictated by what people are doing instead of Scriptural guidelines.  

In the same week the pope called for the urgent meeting on sexual morality, the Vatican released a report stating 848 priests have been defrocked  who raped or molested children and over 2500 other cases in the last 10 years. Many of those priests were transferred to other parishes to abuse more children. Since 2010 the number of cases reported each year has remained at a constant 400 per year. 

Also in the same week, the Pope raised the Prayer of “Petition” to Our Lady of the Rosary in Pompeii. The pope invited everyone to invoke the intercession of Mary, so that the Lord would grant mercy and peace to the Church and to the whole world. He urged everyone in the month of May, to pray the Holy Rosary.

Listen to Mike's interview on the Janet Mefferd show here: http://www.janetmefferdpremium.com/2014/05/08/janet-mefferd-radio-show-20140508-hr-1/