Thursday, March 26, 2015

How did we get here ? ................." Pride parade."

Part 1. 

How did we get here ? .................................

Faithful Catholics committed to full equality for LGBT people in the church and civil society.

As the 2015 Synod approaches, it is paramount that 
Catholics become informed.

Part 2.
How did we get here ? ..........

A brief history of New Ways Ministry
     In 1976, Bishop Francis J. Mugavero of Brooklyn, New York, wrote a pastoral letter, "Sexuality: God's Gift," which was one of the first Roman Catholic statements to contain a compassionate and encouraging message to gay and lesbian people. Gay and lesbian people deserved to be treated equally in society and the Christian community, he noted, and then he addressed them directly, stating, ". . . we pledge our willingness. . . to try to find new ways to communicate the truth of Christ because we believe it will make you free."

Part 3.  
How did we get here ? .................
 " GAY catholics "
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History - Fortunate Families


March Eight religious and lay ministers (including Casey & Mary Ellen Lopata, parents of a gay son) from Rochester, NY attend the New Ways Ministry Symposium, “Homosexuality and the Church: the State of the Question.” Inspired and committed to “do something” the group begins meeting regularly and eventually becomes Catholic Gay and Lesbian Family Ministry (CGLFM).
November CGLFM facilitates a meeting of Rochester Bishop Matthew Clark and gay and lesbian Catholics and their family members to discuss the 1992 Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith letter, “Responding to Legislative Proposals on Discrimination Against Homosexuals.”
July National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian & Gay Ministries (NACDLGM) (Now: Catholic Association of Lesbian and Gay Ministries -CALGM) is founded at a meeting of representatives from thirteen dioceses. The Lopatas are among the twenty-eight founding members. In 1995 Mary Ellen is elected to the first board of directors, serves on the executive committee from 1997-2003 and as president 2001-2. Since 1998,Casey has served on the Pastoral Resources Committee
October The first national retreat for Catholic parents, sponsored by New Ways Ministry and facilitated by Sr. Jeannine Gramick and Fr. Robert Nugent, is held in Stamford, CT. The Lopatas attend and become charter members of the Catholic Parents Network which emerges from this meeting.
December The first issue of the CGLFM Newsletter is published by Casey Lopata.
The Lopatas are consulters to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Marriage and the Family on Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children –AND—Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers, issued in September 1997.
September CGLFM and the Diocese of Rochester formalize their relationship, stating that CGLFM does ministry with gay and lesbian Catholics and their families on behalf of the Diocese.
March CGLFM and the Diocese of Rochester celebrate a Mass with Gay and Lesbian People, Families and Friends, with Bishop Matthew Clark as presider and homilist. Over 1300 people attend.
September The Lopata’s chair the annual NACDLGM conference. Held in Rochester, the theme is “Imaging Justice.”
July Seeds of Hope: Compassionate Ministry with Gay and Lesbian Catholics and Their Families—A practical resource manual published. Edited by Casey Lopata.
August More Seeds: A supplement to Seeds of Hope published. Edited by Casey Lopata.
October Fortunate Families: Catholic Families with Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons, by Mary Ellen Lopata with Casey Lopata, published. (Trafford Publishing)
April The Lopata’s leave CGLFM and start Fortunate Families to focus on ministry with parents of lesbian daughters and gay sons on a national level.
December Fortunate Families becomes a not-for-profit corporation.
January Fortunate Families adopts by-laws and elects its first board of directors: Mary Ellen Lopata (President), Tom Ferrarese (Secretary/Treasurer), James Buckheit, Jean Kearse, Casey Lopata, William Pickett, and Rosalie Muschal-Reinhardt.
April The Lopata’s receive New Ways Ministry’s Bridge Building Award “For compassionate ministry, personal witness, and national leadership to promote justice for lesbian/gay Catholics, their parents, and families.”
May Fortunate Families, Inc. files 501(c) (3) application.
February Received 501(c)(3) exempt ruling from IRS.
April Tom Ferrarese resigns from Board of Directors, Ann Franczyk is elected to complete his term (through June 2008) and William Pickett is elected Secretary/Treasurer for remainder of the business year.
June Rosalie Muschal Reinhardt resigns from Board of Directors, Linda Karle Nelson is elected to complete her term (through June 2007); James Buckheit, Jean Kearse, and Thomas Nelson are elected to three-year terms; for the 2006-07 Business year Mary Ellen Lopata is elected President, and William Pickett is elected Secretary/Treasurer.
July Parents Voice Project launches a survey of Catholic parents of LGBT Daughters and Sons.
March Fortunate Families Board of Directors attends New Ways Ministry Symposium in Minneapolis. They facilitate a listening session for parents to tell their stories to Bishop (Ret.) Joseph Sullivan of Brooklyn, and Archbishop (Ret.) Francis Hurley of Anchorage. July Parents Voice Project launches a survey of Catholic parents of LGBT Daughters and Sons (Hot link to Survey)
June Bill Pickett leaves the Board of Directors at the end of his term. Jerry Furlong of Omaha, Nebraska elected to Board of Directors.
September Parents Voice Project Survey Report of Catholic Parents is sent to all U.S. Bishops.
January   First part of the eight-part educational series “Let’s Talk about Homosexuality” is released on Fortunate Families website.
November  Our ministry is awarded a grant from the School Sisters of Notre Dame to help fund educational forums on LGBT journeys in faith. A major article featuring the story of Mary Ellen and Casey Lopata, and the work of Fortunate Families, appears in the National Catholic Reporter.  Start-up activities for the introduction of the Listening Parents Network shift into high gear.
January   Fortunate Families introduces nationwide its Listening Parents Network, a group of Catholic moms and dads of LGBT children who volunteer to field phone calls and  e-mail messages from other Catholic parents who may be struggling and “just need someone to talk with”  in a safe and confidential way.  Names and contact information for 49 Listening Parents are listed on the Fortunate Families website.
April   Fortunate Families celebrates its 5th anniversary!  Under the Lopatas’ direction and inspiration, the ministry has grown in five years from a handful of interested locals to a network of some 2,500 parents, family members and allies, found in 50 states and several other countries.
September   The Listening Parents Network is nearly doubled in size to number 94 parents (in 66 households) – now present in 26 states, three Canadian provinces and 50 dioceses.  Mary Ellen Lopata steps away from the board president job she had held since the ministry’s founding in 2004.
April   The Listening Parents Network expands again – now numbering 123 parents in 90 households in 28 states, three Canadian provinces and 61 dioceses.
June   The board expands membership to add Latino/a representation.  Also, Linda Karle Nelson is elected board president, replacing co-founder Mary Ellen Lopata who remains on the board.
September   Fortunate Families joins with Call To Action, Dignity USA and New Ways Ministry to form Equally Blessed.
October   “Joining Hands-Reaching Out,” the first parents’ conference sponsored by Fortunate Families, is held in the North Chicago suburb of Techny.  More than 50 parents and allies from 15 states and Ontario, Canada, attend a program highlighted by nationally prominent speakers.
March   As an Equally Blessed partner, we co-sponsor the first-ever Congressional Briefing that presented positive Catholic perspectives on LGBT equality to federal legislators and their staffs.
July   The Listening Parents Network now has 135 parents in 28 states, 64 dioceses – and even Nicaragua.  Parents fluent in Spanish join the Network for the first time.  Spanish translations of some materials are placed on the website.
September   Board member Deb Word is invited to tell her story at the first of four conferences entitled More Than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church
January   The Listening Parents Network now totals 143 parents, including five who have transgender children.
June   A survey is taken of all Fortunate Families’ newsletter subscribers.  Ninety-six percent of 449 responders rate the newsletter either very good or good.
September   Letters are sent to more than 400 Catholic campus ministers. Casey Lopata develops Fortunate Families’ “Talking Points for Catholic Parents with LGBT Daughters and Sons.”
November   Mary Ellen and Casey Lopata are joined by their gay son Jim as presenters on the DignityUSA webinar series Queer Catholic Faith.
December   Fortunate Families is awarded a $25,000 grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to “support programs networking Catholic parents with LGBT children.”  Since the ministry’s founding in 2004, complimentary subscription to the newsletter has grown to more than 3,300 subscribers. Over these years, Casey Lopata has been solely responsible for developing editorial content for 80 newsletters
January   Newsletter is published for the first time under its new name Voices for Justice.  The creation of “Stakeholder Action Teams” is announced as a new initiative to identify individuals willing to assist us through personal involvement and/or financial support.
April   628 campus ministries have been added to the newsletter distribution list.  The first of five “Parent Gatherings,” is held in Pleasanton, CA.
June    Deb Word of Memphis, TN, a director since 2009, is elected board president.  Co-founders Casey and Mary Ellen Lopata announce they will retire from the board in June, 2014.
July   Publication of the newsletter is reduced to six issues per year.  In Minnesota and Michigan, Listening Parents join in public advocacy for marriage equality.
September   A new every-other-month electronic communication The Families Forum is introduced.
October  The third Parents Gathering of the year is held in Flagler Beach, FL
November The fourth and fifth Parents Gatherings of the year are held in Detroit, MI and Atlanta, GA.  The contract with ADG was approved for a 1 Jan 2014 start.
Feb Fortunate Families is included in the Equally Blessed Arcus two-year grant proposal for $15,000 each year which can be used to help fund management by ADG. Lisa Covington was welcomed as the newest member of the BOD.
March Myrna Ohmann reported that the recent gathering in Minnesota was very successful. Eighteen parents participated
May Retirement party for Lopatas held in Rochester

How did we get here ? ................." GAY catholics "

Part 1. 

How did we get here ? .................................

Faithful Catholics committed to full equality for LGBT people in the church and civil society.

As the 2015 Synod approaches, it is paramount that 
Catholics become informed.

Part 2.

How did we get here ? ..........

A brief history of New Ways Ministry
     In 1976, Bishop Francis J. Mugavero of Brooklyn, New York, wrote a pastoral letter, "Sexuality: God's Gift," which was one of the first Roman Catholic statements to contain a compassionate and encouraging message to gay and lesbian people. Gay and lesbian people deserved to be treated equally in society and the Christian community, he noted, and then he addressed them directly, stating, ". . . we pledge our willingness. . . to try to find new ways to communicate the truth of Christ because we believe it will make you free."

Please Get Informed !
 Part 3.  How did we get here ? .................
                                                                    " GAY catholics "

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Executive Director, Marianne Duddy-Burke, explains why DignityUSA believes in marriage equality from a Catholic perspective.

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Vision Statement

DignityUSA envisions and works for a time when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Catholics are affirmed and experience dignity through the integration of their spirituality with their sexuality, and as beloved persons of God participate fully in all aspects of life within the Church and Society.

Highlights of DignityUSA’s History

The following history is based on the commemorative booklet entitled DignityUSA at 25: A Chronology, 1969-1994 compiled by former DignityUSA President Pat Roche. Copies are available from the Dignity national office and were also printed in the Dignity Journal 27:2-3 (Autumn 1995). Highlights from 1995-Present compiled by former Dignity Vice President Pat McArron.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How did we get here ? .........." We also publish a newsletter by and for lesbian nuns."

Part 1. 

How did we get here ? .................................

Faithful Catholics committed to full equality for LGBT people in the church and civil society.

As the 2015 Synod approaches, it is paramount that 
Catholics become informed.

Please Get Informed !
Click Here
Part 2.

We also publish Woman Journey Weavings, a newsletter by and for lesbian nuns.

     In 1976, Bishop Francis J. Mugavero of Brooklyn, New York, wrote a pastoral letter, "Sexuality: God's Gift," which was one of the first Roman Catholic statements to contain a compassionate and encouraging message to gay and lesbian people. Gay and lesbian people deserved to be treated equally in society and the Christian community, he noted, and then he addressed them directly, stating, ". . . we pledge our willingness. . . to try to find new ways to communicate the truth of Christ because we believe it will make you free."

     That passage and that term, "new ways," caught the attention and the hearts of a priest and nun team who were doing ministry with the gay and lesbian community. Father Robert Nugent, SDS, and Sister Jeannine Gramick, SSND, adopted that phrase for the title of the workshops they were giving in Washington, DC, to Catholic pastoral workers and others interested in gay and lesbian issues. These "New Ways Workshops" were sponsored by theQuixote Center, a Maryland-based Catholic social justice group. One year later, in 1977, these "New Ways Workshops" blossomed into a separate non-profit organization, New Ways Ministry, devoted to Catholic gay and lesbian concerns.

     Like its name and its co-founders, the vision and philosophy of this group was solidly Catholic. Gramick and Nugent's work was based firmly in the burgeoning positive messages that the Church in the late 1970s was offering to gay and lesbian people: messages of justice, acceptance, dialogue, and reconciliation. Their work as "bridge-builders" found them reaching out, in one direction, to gay and lesbian people, and, in the other direction, to people working within the Church and Church structures.

     Primarily educational in mission, New Ways Ministry quickly established itself in the U.S. Catholic community as a national resource center and clearinghouse for information and materials on the topic of homosexuality as it impacts religious issues. In addition, they lobbied for civil rights and called the Church to reach out compassionately for the inclusion of gay and lesbian people in the community of the faithful. The co-founders were among the few Roman Catholic religious leaders who publicly opposed Anita Bryant's anti-gay initiatives in the 1970s.

     As with many individuals and groups which have supported gay and lesbian people, the co-founders of New Ways Ministry were criticized by the Archbishop of Washington, DC, who lobbied the Vatican for their removal.

     In 1984, the Vatican required that they separate themselves from New Ways Ministry. They continue ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics with the knowledge of the Vatican under the auspices of their religious orders.

     And New Ways Ministry continues, as well. For over twenty years now, the ministry of education, justice, and reconciliation has flourished and grown. Through various forums, we have tried to get the word out to the Catholic community that welcoming, accepting, and loving their gay and lesbian members is an imperative for Gospel living.

     Through national symposia, New Ways Ministry has brought the best of Catholic intellectual thought and research to Catholics in parishes. Speakers at our major events have included: John Boswell, Daniel Maguire, Sister Theresa Kane, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Reverend Charles Curran, Virginia Apuzzo, Richard Isay, MD, Sister Margaret Farley, RSM, Daniel Helminiak, and Bishops Thomas Gumbleton, William Hughes, Kenneth Untener, Matthew Clark, Joseph Imesch, and Patrick Cooney.

     In 1992, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit surprised U.S. Catholics at a New Ways Ministry Symposium by telling the personal story that one of his brothers, Dan, is gay. He touched the crowd of 500 people gathered in Chicago by talking frankly and movingly about his own struggle to understand and accept his brother. Gumbleton's life was radically affected by that talk. He has since become the "point bishop" for this issue, criss-crossing the nation, talking to Catholic groups about gay and lesbian issues.

     In 1995, New Ways Ministry recognized the gifts of this courageous Church leader by presenting him with a "Bridge Building Award." The award was given at a public reception during the fall meeting of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. Over 200 people including nine bishops packed the reception room, probably the largest gathering of gay/lesbian people and their allies ever to attend the bishops' gathering.

     In 1997, our twentieth anniversary year was a banner year for the ministry. In March, we sponsored the Fourth National Symposium, entitled "The Church Teaching/Teaching the Church: A National Dialogue on Lesbian/Gay Issues and Catholicism." Over 650 Catholic leaders and pastoral ministers gathered in Pittsburgh for a weekend-long in-depth and extensive discussion of topics ranging from same-sex marriage, family relationships, civil rights, homophobia, heterosexism, pastoral care, and lesbian nuns.

     At that meeting, Bishop Gumbleton made another historic statement: he called on all gay and lesbian Church workers--"including priests and bishops"--to come out of the closet and acknowledge their sexual orientation. Little by little, awareness of gay and lesbian Church personnel is becoming a reality in Catholicism.

     October 1997 saw the publication "Always Our Children," a historic pastoral statement from the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Marriage and Family Life. This document, directed to parents and pastoral ministers, is one of the strongest affirmations of the goodness of lesbian and gay people in the Catholic Church. "In you, God's love is revealed," the bishops say to gay and lesbian people at the close of this document which calls Catholic parents and leaders to initiate dialogue, outreach, and affirmation of the gay and lesbian members of their families and parishes.

     New Ways Ministry played a key role in the development of this letter. In 1993, the organization petitioned the bishops to include on their agenda a statement supportive of gay and lesbian people. New Ways was told that only a bishop could make such a petition. When Bishop Gumbleton learned of this response, he stepped in and requested such a statement, enlisting 16 other bishops to support such an initiative. As the document was drafted our co-founder, Fr. Nugent, and a board member, Mary Kilbride, served as readers of early drafts.

     On the grassroots scale, New Ways staff spends a significant portion of time providing day-long workshops for church personnel across the country. Entitled "Building Bridges: Gay and Lesbian Christians and the Church," these programs offer positive information on Church pronouncements, Scripture interpretation, lesbian/gay spirituality, and pastoral outreach. Many gay and lesbian people and their family members, as well, attend these programs. The structure of the workshop allows for story-telling and dialogue, so many walls of ignorance and fear are broken down, and bridges are built right in the course of the workshop.

     Additionally, we have acted as consultants to Catholic parishes and faith communities who want to be more welcoming to the gay and lesbian community. We often given talks to such groups and help them devise a pastoral plan to both reach out and look inward. Our quarterly newsletter, Bondings, has been carrying a list of gay-friendly Catholic parishes around the country. The list is updated with each issue and now contains over 80 parishes.

     Opportunities for spiritual development and growth for gay and lesbian Catholics have also been an important item on New Ways Ministry's agenda. We have sponsored weekend retreats across the country designed specifically for gay and lesbian people, their parents, and also lesbian nuns. In the local DC area, we have offered book and video discussion groups on sexuality and spirituality.

     New Ways Ministry's mission of publishing and providing educational resources continues today. We distribute Voices of Hope, an anthology of positive Catholic statements about gay and lesbian issues, and Building Bridges: Gay and Lesbian Reality and the Catholic Church, a collection of essays by our co-founders. We also offer an audio cassette, entitled My Brother Dan, which features a talk by Bishop Gumbleton to Catholic parents of gay and lesbian children. Most recently, we have made available a two-cassette tape of a theological debate on homosexuality and Catholicism which we sponsored at Georgetown University in December 1997.

     Our newsletter Bondings chronicles important developments in the relationship of the Catholic Church and its gay and lesbian members. We also publishWoman Journey Weavings, a newsletter by and for lesbian nuns.

Monday, March 23, 2015

How did we get here ? .................................Faithful Catholics committed to full equality for LGBT people in the church and civil society.

Part 1.

As the 2015 Synod approaches, it is paramount that 
Catholics become informed.

When there is a debate
it is important to define the rules and provide definitions.

This week we will be providing historical background, as best we can, to inform those who are interested, as to how and when, these progressive ideas that deal with "The Future Church" and 
Our Catholic Church came to be.

  1. 1.
    happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step.
    "a progressive decline in popularity"
    synonyms:continuing, continuous, increasing, growing, developing,
    ongoing,accelerating, escalating

The group "Call To Action" began to be envisioned in 1976. 
Please read below.

The group "Equally Blessed" is an outflow from that group.
Equally blessed is a coalition of groups that work 
to change Our Catholic Church.
Please read below.

These groups, that we will be talking about this week,
are not what they appear to be from the vantage point of 
an uninformed Catholic.

They are deceivers, by definition.

Their training comes, in part, from a man whose book 
"Rules for Radicals"
gives an "over the shoulder acknowledgement" to satan.   

Video of a 1967 interview with Mr. Alinsky can be found here.                

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2013-CTA-OriginalConference-GroupCall To Action draws its mission from the US Bishops’ 1976 Call To Action conference, and the “Call for Reform in the Catholic Church” proclaimed by more than 20,000 signers articulates its goals for our Church. It began as a response to the challenge of the Second Vatican Council, held between 1962 and 1965, for all members to “scrutinize the signs of the times” and respond in the light of the gospel. The council provided a wake-up call for lay Catholics who had tended to defer initiatives entirely to the clergy.
Then in 1971 Pope Paul VI emphasized that it is the laity who have received the primary “Call To Action” to create a more just world. That same year the international synod of the bishops issued an unusually brief and clear document. It declared that “action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world appears to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the gospel.” And, cautioned the synod, “The church recognizes that anyone who ventures to speak to people about justice must first be just in their eyes; hence, we must undertake an examination of the modes of action, of the possessions, and of the lifestyle found within the church itself.”

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Following up on this mandate, the U.S. bishops on their return home from the synod launched a creative consultation process . Over 800,000 Catholics testified during two years of hearings, which culminated in the U.S. bishops’ Call To Action Conference in Detroit in 1976, held in conjunction with the American Bicentennial. More than 100 bishops were among the 1,340 voting delegates and the 1,500 observers. At the end of three momentous days of discussion and debate, the assembly declared the church must stand up to the chronic racism, sexism, militarism and poverty in modern society. And to do so in a credible way the church must reevaluate its positions on issues like celibacy for priests, the male-only clergy, homosexuality, birth control, and the involvement of every level of the church in important decisions. The Detroit conference recommended that each diocese take the recommendations home and act upon them.

Call To Action Chicago Born

Subsequent to the 1976 Conference the leadership of the U.S. Bishops Conference gradually distanced themselves from the event because of some of the church-justice issues raised. In Chicago, however, where Cardinal John Cody’s autocratic style had created a high level of tension, several organizations of nuns, priests, Catholic school teachers and concerned laity urged an on-going follow-up to the Detroit initiative. A conference of over 400 people was held in October 1978, and Chicago Call To Action was launched as a local organization.
“From its inception, CTA had a dual focus,” says Dan Daley, CTA co-coordinator and a founding member. “One eye was on church institutions which needed reform and renewal, and the other eye was on the larger society and issues of justice and peace that ought to have church involvement. The emphasis has shifted from time to time.”
The first projects in 1978 and 1979 were local: criticizing Cardinal Cody’s lack of financial accountability, lobbying for more effective parish councils and improved benefits for Catholic school teachers. Membership grew, but for years the annual conferences, featuring reform-minded speakers, drew fewer than 600 people. In 1981 CTA got a major boost when the speaker was Hans Kung, the Swiss theologian who had become a kind of Catholic folk hero though his call for a more democratic church and his skirmishes with Vatican authorities. Some 1,800 attended the conference that year, held at McCormick Place. The event is still recalled as a kind of Woodstock for many local Catholics.
After Cardinal Cody’s death, CTA in the early 1980s focused largely on societal issues–involving Catholics in the nuclear disarmament movement and the campaign against U.S. policy in Latin America. The organization cooperated with the Quixote Center in the Quest for Peace program, gathering tons of clothing and other supplies for the people of Nicaragua. The style of Cody’s successor, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, was in such marked contrast that there was comparatively little to fret about in the local church. In the middle and late 1980s, Call To Action’s Performing Arts Ministry sponsored a group of young, talented members in creating musical productions based on the U.S. bishops’ pastoral letters regarding peace and economic justice. The group toured nationally and won a Vatican World Communications Day Award for their efforts.

The 1990 Call for Reform

But while the Chicago church remained calm, dark clouds appeared elsewhere. Pope John Paul II repeatedly dashed hopes for any internal liberalizing during his lifetime, and he prepared for the future by appointing as bishops only men who upheld his views on contraception and the ordination of women. Meanwhile, there were crackdowns on theologians like Kung and an insistence from Rome that diversity of opinion was not to be tolerated.
In 1990 the CTA board developed a Call for Reform in the Catholic Church, a pastoral letter capsulizing the organization’s cry for a church responsive to the world’s needs and therefore willing to examine its own record on issues of justice, equality and participation. There was considerable discussion on how–or whether–to disseminate the letter. On their way to a national church conference in Washington, Dan and Sheila Daley decided to ask Hans Kung, a speaker at the affair, to read the document and give his opinion. “We stopped on the road and Dan called K¸ng’s hotel room, catching him as he was walking in,” says Sheila Daley. “He agreed to look at it and told us to leave it under his door when we arrived. We arrived close to midnight and followed his instructions.”
The next morning as the climax of his talk to the 800 people assembled, Kung read the CTA Call for Reform verbatim and said he had never seen a better declaration of the motives and goals of the progressive church. Suddenly CTA was swamped with requests for copies and inquiries from around the country about these unknown Chicago reformers. The statement was printed as a full page ad in the New York Times on Ash Wednesday, in March 1990, along with the names of 4,500 signers and an invitation for more signatures.

A National Movement

Within a few months, the document had thousands of signers, and CTA had become a national entity. The Call for Reform remains the organization’s basic platform:
  • We appeal to the institutional church to reform and renew its structures. We also appeal to the people of God to witness to the Spirit who lives within us and to seek ways to serve the vision of God in human society.
  • We call upon church officials to incorporate women at all levels of ministry and decision-making.
  • We call upon the church to discard the medieval discipline of mandatory priestly celibacy and to open the priesthood to women and married men…so that the Eucharist may continue to be the center of the spiritual life of all Catholics.
  • We call for extensive consultation with the Catholic people in developing church teaching on human sexuality.
  • We claim our responsibility as committed laity, religious and clergy to participate in the selection of our local bishops, a time-honored tradition in the church.
  • We call for open dialogue, academic freedom, and due process.
  • We call upon the church to become a model of financial openness on all levels, including the Vatican.
  • We call for a fundamental change so that young people will see and hear God living in and through the church as a participatory community of believers who practice what they preach.

" Give Us Back Our Catholic Church! "................................ "Doctors of the Law"

This is an interesting post.
Can you question the Pope ?
Some say he stated "Who am I to judge"...

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    What ever happened to Catholic nuns? What ever happened to Catholic schools? What ever happened to the Catholic Mass? Why is Pope Francis giving us the 'thumbs-up' when the Catholic Church is crashing down all around us?

I wonder, very much lately, who are those calling the shots in Rome.

Reading 1ACTS 5:34-42

A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel,
a teacher of the law, respected by all the people,
stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time,
and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel,
be careful what you are about to do to these men.
Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important,
and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed,
and all those who were loyal to him
were disbanded and came to nothing.
After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the census.
He also drew people after him,
but he too perished and all who were loyal to him were scattered.
So now I tell you,
have nothing to do with these men, and let them go.
For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin,
it will destroy itself.
But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them;
you may even find yourselves fighting against God.”
They were persuaded by him.
After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged,
ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus,
and dismissed them.
So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin,
rejoicing that they had been found worthy
to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.
And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes,
they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus.