The article eschewed the fact that the October meeting has broad support within the Catholic Church and that the proposal to allow priests to marry in short-staffed regions is a footnote on its agenda. The meeting is taking its cue from indigenous and marginalized communities. We should be quoting those voices.
As a Catholic, this meeting gives me hope. Not because it may approve this or that specific proposal, but because it’s a model for others: One of the most powerful institutions in the world is taking seriously its responsibility to learn from indigenous communities and care for the planet. Others should follow suit.
Wesley Cocozello, Washington
The writer works for Missionary Society of St. Columban, a Catholic organization that has a presence in the Amazon.