“Many local progressive Catholics will resonate with a recent Editorial from the NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER regarding the disconnect between our U.S. bishops and the fresh vision of Pope Francis. Since his election as Pope in March, 2013 Francis has given the Church a much more human and caring face. He has declared a Year of Mercy and called on bishops and priests to move away from culture wars issues focused on rules and regulations to a more flexible and pastoral approach. His magnificent Encyclical "Laudato si" "On Care for Our Common Home" was issued in May, 2015 over six months ago. Our own Archbishop J. Peter Sartain was Secretary of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. As Secretary he chaired the Committee on Priorities and Plans that shapes the direction of the Conference. Clearly he was a key player in the stagnation described in this Editorial, clinging to the old rather than embracing the new spirit of Pope Francis. Here in the Seattle Archdiocese there is little sign of a fresh, Francis direction. Although Archbishop Sartain arrived eight years ago, he appears to be a "caretaker" leader with little changed since the retirement of Archbishop Brunett. It appears that his duties with the Bishops Conference as well as his role as Chair of the group investigating the Leadership Conference of Religious Women preoccupied him. More recent health problems have also reduced his energy and involvement. Our local Church needs a serious injection of the Francis spirit that echoes the vision and ministry of our beloved retired Archbishop Hunthausen.” (Pat Callahan CTAWW Board Member)
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The Implosion of the Roman Catholic Church (Click Here for Full Article) in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 28.  (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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)
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?
UPCOMING! CTAWW GENERAL MEETING SAT., FEB. 23, 1-4pm Joe 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 RETREAT Over 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)
Clericalism in the Church By Fr. Ronald G. Schmit My first pastor after my ordination would occasionally say, “The worst thing that ever happened to the Church was Constantine.” The German Redemptorist moral theologian Bernard Häring said something similar in a book he wrote shortly before he died, Priesthood Imperiled: “In the fourth century when Constantine, a “convert” to the faith, was crowned emperor by the bishop of Rome, drastic changes took place. While it is true that the Church was freed from bloody persecution, it quickly became evident that she was also greatly hampered in her quest to follow in the footsteps of Jesus the Servant. Accommodation of, and subservience to, civil authority…unfortunately became a reality in all parts of the Church. All too many bishops either succumbed or came close to the fate of becoming ‘priests of the king.” Clericalism is how the Church drifted from discipleship and servant-leadership to defining ministry in terms of power or authority. Pope Frances has identified clericalism as a sickness. (CONTINUE READING)
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