by Sian Bronock
THE Church should abandon its "ghetto mentality" and give up a "fortress vision" of itself, a leading Catholic theologian warned a Scottish ecumenical gathering this week.
Dr Mary Grey, Professor of Feminist Theology at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, was addressing more than 300 people who attended a gathering organised by the ecumenical Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS) at St Andrew's College in Glasgow.
Taking as her theme "What must die and what must be reborn in ourselves and in the Church", Dr Grey warned against excluding the secular from the religious world because replacements for faith would be found by default.
"Our cathedrals may by now have turned into bingo-halls, or discos; in their place we have the rise of the gigantic supermarkets whose architecture threatens to mimic the old cathedral style St Tesco's or Holy Waitrose," said Dr Grey.
The inter-denominational gathering gave her message a warm welcome. Feminist theologian Sr Lavinia Byrne said it was an argument "which makes connections between how we make community at Church level, in society, amongst ourselves and with creation".