Authority as Charm
A young village girl told me that, when I am about to talk to anyone, I picture Jesus Christ and how gracious and friendly he was to everyone.
The fear of beauty is rooted under the roots of fear.
In this chapter I propose that the problem of authority is experienced in the Church not so much with the authority exercised by the Vatican or by the Chancery Offices but by the local parish. 1 For weal or woe, the laity figure that the former two levels are far away, have no direct influence on their lives, and can safely be ignored. However, it is in the local parish where the Church exercises its only remaining power to control the lives of the people— the denial of access to the Sacraments. Reception of baptism, confirmation, First Communion, and matrimony has often been turned into an obstacle course the laity must survive, rather than