Here in Germany, it appears as though receiving Communion after divorce and remarriage was a big issue. I say it "appears" because that's what the laity are complaining about, when they are featured in media. It also appears that a lot of those people who want the Church to "reform" and "get up to date" find themselves on the German Catholic Church's official news page on Facebook.
Reading the comments, almost everyone seems to want "reform" (a word I cannot stand!). Though it's probably useless, since most of the people on Facebook just come to rant and drag on and on and on, I posted a link to Jim Blackburn's blog post on "Receiving the Sacraments after Divorce and Remarriage", which explains the Church's stand on the matter. I quoted from the Catechism paragraph 1650, which seems to settle the matter definitively.
All of that got me wondering, is this a solely German issue or do you see similar demands where you live?
And one thing on the side: I can't stand the arrogance and presumption of some laity anymore. I don't mean this in any offensive way, but nevertheless. I have repeatedly stated on that page that the laity should not transgress both its competency and authority.
My proposal was that the laity recognise it has no authority on doctrinal matters. Instead, that authority has been given to the bishops. Along with that, they generally are a lot more competent and educated on the matters in question than lay people. I suggested the laity be aware of this, but shouldn't feel ignored. Rather, in the event of uncertainty on what Church doctrine and discipline is, lay people should enquire and seek to understand, instead of nagging and badgering. That just distracts people, causes division and takes away much-needed time and resources.
Any thoughts? :)