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)
Something momentous is happening in our midst. The concerted efforts to oust Pope Francis are deeply tied to the perverted crisis of abuse embedded in ecclesiastical power structures. While some may spiritually rely on Julian of Norwich’s “all shall be well”, the fact is, all is not well and will not be well unless the Church undergoes a deconstruction of power and authority and a reconstruction along new lines of inclusivity and integrated systems. (CONTINUE READING)
SCHISM OR EVOLUTION?
by ILIA DELIO
OCTOBER 2018 CTAWW NEWSLETTERCTAWW GENERAL MEETINGSAT., FEB. 23, 1-4pmJoe Hastings will provide a presentation on Saint Oscar Romero at this opportunity for enrichment and conversation on Church renewal at St. Patrick’s, Seattle. SR. BARBARA FIAND RETREATOver 40 of our members gathered at St. Patrick’s Church on Sept. 29th to “Drink Deep of Living Waters” with Sr. Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN. (CONTINUE READING)
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION….
St. Leo Church …. 710 S. 13th St. Tacoma, WA 98405 Sundays 12 to 1:30 PMNovember 11 Archbishop Oscar Romero: Saint for the Modern Church Joe HastingsDec. 2 The Witness and Teaching of pope Frances: The Church in the World Annapatrice Johnson