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DEATH IN THE CHURCH: IS NEW LIFE AHEAD? August 28, 2018 Think Blog 63 Comments by ILIA DELIO The recent disclosure of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the extent of depravity reported in the news is symptomatic of a Church in crisis.  It is no longer acceptable for the Pope simply to issue a public apology nor is it sufficient for any group merely to reflect on what has happened by issuing position statements. The Church has a deep structural problem which is entirely bound to ancient metaphysical and philosophical principles, not to mention imperial politics, that at this point require either a radical decision towards a new ecclesial structure or accept the possibility of a major schism. The rock-solid Church has crushed human souls and twisted authority into deceit. The male-dominated Christ center no longer holds and there is simply no solution or comforting words that can placate the extensive damage to fragile human lives that has taken place over the past decades. The evidence of abuse brought to light in the Catholic Church is simply unfathomable.    (continue reading… Click Here )
Healing the Sin of Clericalism: Some Suggestions by Fr. Whitney of St. Joseph Parish in Seattle, WA When the bishops of the Catholic Church gathered in Rome in October of 1962, to begin the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, they had little thought of addressing the issue of clericalism in the Church. Indeed, with vocations to the priesthood and religious life at al all time hight, the Fathers of the Council were called to Rome not to meet a looming crisis within the Church, but rather to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit moving in the secular world and to read there the “signs of the times” for the Church…..  (continue Reading click HERE)
Sexual abuse and the culture of clericalism
A grand jury’s recent revelation of decades of systematically entrenched and deeply sadistic levels of child abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses has pushed many Catholics into a bewildered rage. Why does the modern church—and the U.S. church in particular—continually find itself not merely falling short of Jesus’ community of love and solidarity but actually failing catastrophically to meet even the most rudimentary levels of human decency? What is the matter with Catholicism today? (Continue Reading… click HERE)
WELCOME
Greetings! We already know that the bishops are out-of-touch with the people they are supposed to shepherd. But now we have data to support it. A new study about women deacons shows how profoundly bishops misunderstand what the people of God support and need. According to a study from Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research on the Apostolate (CARA), only one-third of U.S. bishops (33 percent) believe the Church "should" ordain women as deacons. Only 41 percent of bishops believe women's ordination to the diaconate to be "theoretically" possible. Not only that, many of them cite opposition from the laity as one of the main challenges to ordaining women. But here's what Catholics think: 81 percent of U.S. Catholics think women should be ordained as deacons (Gallup, 2005) · 72 percent of religious superiors in the U.S. think that the Church should authorize the ordination of women as deacons (America/CARA, 2018) · Six in 10 Catholic women support the possibility of women being ordained to the permanent diaconate (America/CARA, 2018) · So let's make some noise: Write to your bishop and tell him that you read the survey and you support a Church that welcomes ministerial and sacramental equality. Women deacons are nothing new. Recognizing the ministerial gifts and vocations of women is not optional. You can find your local bishop's contact information here. Or, find your bishop on Twitter and tweet your support for #womendeacons! (Use the hashtag #ordainwomen, too.) We know that reinstating the diaconate for women is an important but incomplete step for women's full equality in the Church. We also know that women are called by God and their communities to the diaconate, called to preach, and called to visible liturgical roles. Two weeks ago, two of the members of the Pontifical Study Commission on Women Deacons made their first public statements since its formation in 2016, sharing that the Pope has received a report from the Commission. They spoke of overwhelming evidence for the widespread practice of ordaining women as deacons for centuries in the Church. And they reminded us: "It's up to the Church to make noise." As the "noisy movement" (according to Archbishop Gänswein), I think we can handle it.
Bishops...are you even listening?
The People’s History of Vatican II is an effort to collect and record memories, stories, wisdom and lessons from the people who were shaped by the reforms and promise of the Second Vatican Council (around 1962-1965). Throughout 2019, Call To Action is collecting written, video and artistic records of peoples’ personal memories of this founding moment in the Church reform movement. Record your History If you have personal memories and experiences from around the time of the Second Vatican Council, we need your help recording this important history. Here are a few ways that you can participate: Journal about your personal experience using our guiding questions, and send us a 500-1,000 word written reflection on your memories from that era. Record a video of you sharing your personal memories, using the guiding questions as you wish. The videos don’t have to be complicated! A two-minute unscripted reflection that you record on your phone would be perfect. Record your memories and experiences artistically. If written reflections and recorded discussions don’t inspire you, feel free to engage your creative side for this project! Turn your memories into a painting, drawing, quilt, song, poem or other creative piece and then send us a photo or recording of the finished result. Learn the History of your Community If you don’t have personal memories from the Vatican II era, we still need your help! Consider sitting down with your loved ones to hear their stories from the founding moments in our progressive Catholic history. Use our the guiding questions to start a conversation, and record it on your phone. If you want to help record stories but don’t know anyone to interview, let us know by emailing cta@cta-usa.org and we’ll try to pair you with someone. Sharing Our Stories Send your final reflections, recordings and photos to cta@cta-usa.org, or share them on Facebook and Instagram (make sure that your profile is set to “public” first) with the hashtag #MyVatican2Story. We’ll be sharing your reflections with the rest of our membership throughout the year.
People’s History of Vatican II
World Mental Health Day October 10th
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.