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In This Issue
Thirty international Priesthood Sunday celebrations
Translators issue scathing critique
Senior theologian exposes homophobia in clerical subculture
Parish closing and appeals news
A challenge to elder prophets
Pope says condom use lesser evil
Aussie priest supports women's ordination
Other Church News
New women deacons E-postcard campaign
Upcoming FutureChurch events
Sponsor a Listening Session on the future of the Church
Poggioli PostcardPopes, Politics and Poggioli
National Public Radio's Sylvia Poggioli on 28 years of reporting
from Europe and the Vatican.
February 3, Cleveland State University.
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Optional Celibacy
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Women Leaders in Early Christianity CD and Presenter's Guide

Includes 43 images of catacomb frescos and sarcophagi friezes of early women leaders and an extensively researched 16 page presenter's guide. Click here to order

A Million Voices
A Million Voices: Gospel Nonviolence for the Life of the Church
Educates about Gospel nonviolence when a Catholic's right and responsibility to speak on a "matter concerning the good of the Church" (Canon 212.2) is violated. ($3.00) Info and download here

An important educational component is a CD audio recording of a 1999 debate at Georgetown University "Can a Woman Receive the Sacrament of Orders?" between Sr.Maureen Fiedler and Fr. Joseph Fessio.
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Another  key resource  is Richard Taylor's wonderful book: "Love in Action: Gospel Nonviolence to Renew and Reform the Church" Click here to order  ($13)
Women and the Word for Educators: Free Sample!
Includes essays, prayer services and student work sheets about notable women such as Prisca, Phoebe, Dorothy Day and St. Mary of Magdala.

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Thirty international Priesthood Sunday celebrations. In late October, FutureChurch supported at least 30 groups of faithful Catholics in cities all over the US as well as in Australia, Canada, Malaysia and the United Kingdom who held special celebrations honoring their parish priests and advocating for a return to the tradition of a celibate and married priesthood in the Latin rite of the Roman Catholic Church. Read more...

Washington Post blog on FutureChurch Priesthood Sunday Celebrations...

Eastern prelate: Latin Rite should consider married priests.

Send E-Postcards  asking to open discussion of mandatory celibacy and women deacons. 

View FutureChurch Optional Celibacy Videos

Download a free  So All Can Be at the Table  education-advocacy resource. 

FutureChurch Optional Celibacy Survey (2010)
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Translators issue scathing critique of Roman Missal. Experts who worked on the final translation of the new Roman Missal have sharply criticized substantive last minute changes made by Vatican officials. The final version from the Congregation for Worship contains numerous departures from the Vatican's own translation rules.


This is the second time Vatican officials have undercut the work of translation experts.  The first occurred over a decade ago when a small group of non-English speaking officials buried a translation ten years in the making that had already been approved by all English-speaking bishops' conferences.  The Vatican demanded that new translations be made so as to conform more closely with the Latin.  Now even these have been changed. Critics believe the phraseology is archaic and not suitable to contemporary English. Read more...

Areas of Difficulty in the Received Text of the Missal

Senior theologian exposes homophobia in clerical subculture."In the course of my own close cooperation 

with clerics, something I had long disavowed suddenly became clear to me: The fiercest homophobia in the Catholic Church comes from homophile clerics who desperately suppress their own sexuality...I hope that the church will at last confront the issue of homophobia. It must recognize that a large proportion of the Catholic clerics and trainee priests in Europe and the United States are homosexual."  Read more..

Archbishop Burke's Vestments Cost $30,000 (formerly: Cost of Looking Good in Magic Kingdom) Pdf of slide show click here
               Parish Closing and Appeals News


Eighteen Twin City parishes appeal. More than 100 written petitions have poured in from parishioners and church leaders asking Archbishop John Nienstedt to reconsider the archdiocese's sweeping reorganization plan, which calls for 21 parishes to merge with 14 receiving parishes. FutureChurch and Peter Borre of the Council of Parishes are supporting appealing parishioners. Read more...

Archdiocesan paper  here...

Clergy shortage is a national challenge. To deal with the priest shortage, bishops are exploring a wide variety of responses such as consolidating parishes, introducing pastoral life directors as parish leaders and assigning multiple parishes to single pastors. Those who are most successful are the ones who communicate with parishioners and involve them in the planning process.  Read more...

Gutless way to close Camden parish. After the boiler broke down,  parishioners of St. Mary's parish in Camden were left with a note on the door: "You are hereby closed and all church business will be conducted at the other parishes," writes parishioner Jim Wilson. "The Church hierarchy will want outsiders to believe it was the result of an oil boiler needing to be replaced. Private donations were raised to purchase the boiler, and it wouldn't cost the Diocese of Camden a penny."  Read more..

Parish/Diocese real estate conflict in Western Mass.  The Springfield, MA diocese is fighting to avoid paying real estate taxes on closed churches. The ruling is expected soon and may well impact other states.  Read more...

"Endangered Catholics" survey parishioners.

A coalition of faithful Catholics who are appealing the Bishop of Cleveland's decision to close their parishes, has developed a brief anonymous survey which is open to all Catholics of the Cleveland Diocese.  This survey will help obtain personal feedback regarding the effects of the Reconfiguration Plan implemented by Bishop Richard Lennon.  Click here for survey. or email..

Download a free Crisis Kit,
 or "Canonical Appeals for Dummies"
Or purchase Save Our Parish Community Resource
A challenge to elder prophets: Help empower the next generation. (by Jamie L. Manson)

"Prophets do not arise out of a vacuum. They emerge out of nurturing, committed communities. If we truly wish to ensure that our church will have prophets from every generation, we must seek ways in which today's prophets of the progressive Catholic movement can empower those to come. "  Read more...

Pope says condom use lesser evil than HIV.  In a new book of interviews, Light of the World, Pope  Benedict said that condom use by people such as male prostitutes was a lesser evil since it indicated they were taking a step toward a more moral and responsible sexuality by aiming to protect their partner from a deadly infection. Vatican spokespersons later said the comments apply to women as well...Read more

Related Articles

Pope seeks to start debate on condoms and AIDS (AP..quotes Sr. Chris Schenk)

Pope's remarks  open new chapter in condom debate (CNS)

Catholic AIDS workers discuss papal comments on condoms
Aussie priest supports women's ordination, puts future on line.Two months ago an Autralian priest, Father

Greg Reynolds, spoke publicly about women's ordination: "I believe certain women are being called by God to the ministerial priesthood and our official church is obstructing the work of the Holy Spirit. I feel I can no longer sit back and remain silent."  Read more...


Experts: Vatican Government is a "train wreck"

If you are waiting for the Vatican to make clear, immediate and transparent responses to the ongoing global sexual abuse crisis ... well, don't hold your breath, two Vatican experts, John Allen and George Weigel said  at a media seminar held in mid November. Read more...

Donations plummet after appointment of ultra conservative priests.

Benedict says he will resign if health fails. Pope Benedict said he would not hesitate to relinquish his post if he no longer felt ''physically, psychologically and spiritually'' up to the job. If this happened, it would make him the first pontiff to voluntarily resign in more than 700 years. Read more... 

Five Anglican bishops to join Catholic Church Five bishops will resign from the Church of England and lead the defection of hundreds of Anglicans to Rome. Read more...

Will Anglicans entering the Catholic Church be allowed their worship spaces?   Read more...

New! FC E-Postcard for women deacons  Just before

last Christmas, Pope Benedict made changes in canon law that, according to female diaconate expert, Dr. Phyllis Zagano, "may have ended the controversy over whether women can be ordained deacons." FutureChurch has added an electronic postcard asking to open the permanent diaconate to women to our international our So All Can Be At the Table initiative. Read more and send a postcard

Related Articles

Is the Vatican Opening the Way For Women Deacons?

Eight Reasons to Restore Women Deacons
Upcoming FutureChurch Events

Cleveland, Feb 3, 2011 7:00-8:30 pm: Popes, Politics and Poggioli NPR's Sylvia Poggioli on 28 years of reporting from Europe and the Vatican. Cleveland State University Drinko Auditorium. Tickets and info...

Cincinnati: March 12, 10 am - 3 pm: Women Leaders in Early Christianity: Evidence from Archaeology and Women Deleted from the Lectionary. Christine Schenk, CSJ $20.00 includes lunch. Please RSVP to 513.381.6400 St. Monica-St. George Parish Newman Center 328 W. McMillan Street Cincinnati, OH 45219 More info

Waterloo, Ontario: May 26-28: Canadian Forum on Theology and Education. Catholicism at the Crossroads: How the Laity Can Save the Church. Sr. Chris Schenk and Dr. Paul Lakeland at the University of Waterloo, Thursday at 7:30pm to Saturday May 28th at 12 noon. More info 

Detroit, Cobo Hall: June 10, 2011. Hanging Tough: Keeping Your Integrity and Changing the (institutional) Church. FutureChurch preconference before the American Catholic Council. Keynote Sr. Louise Akers. A panel of activists will anchor this workshop teaching principles of community organizing, gospel nonviolence, support and training in how to use FutureChurch's proven systemic change resources. Early bird (before May 20th) $40. After May 20th, $50. More info and register
Sponsor a Listening Session On the Future of the Church  The American Catholic Council is a new coalition of organizations, communities and individuals organizing "discussion at every level of the Catholic Church in the United States to consider the state and future of our Church." The coalition will convene a nationwide conference on Pentecost 2011 (June 10-12) at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan.

But first it hopes to encourage local and regional listening sessions to be held over the next 5 months.

Read about the April 21, 2010 Cleveland Listening Session

Download a free toolkit for sessions in your home, parish or small faith community.

More info on the American Catholic Council,
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