Paul Elie, a senior fellow in the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University has suggested that in response to the Pope’s resignation Catholics resign from the Catholic Church.
In the opinion piece, published by the New York Times, Elie advocates that Catholics should skip Sunday Mass and suggests attending an Episcopal church or Muslim mosque instead.
“We should give up Catholicism en masse….," writes Elie. “I propose that American Catholics vacate the pews this weekend. And we should explore other religious traditions, which we understand poorly.”
Elie argues that resigning from the Catholic Church would bring about radical change.
“It would let us begin to figure out what in Catholicism we can take and what we can and ought to leave. It might even get the attention of the cardinals who will meet behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel and elect a pope in circumstances that one hopes would augur a time of change.”
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