It is exciting to finally see this article in print. I knew this was coming from my connections with The American Catholic Council and Catholic Church Reform International. This article is referring to the upcoming meeting of these groups in Rome October 2-3, prior to the Extraordinary Synod of bishops that begins on October 6. I am going to Rome for these meetings and to be there for the start of the Synod as CCRI has requested as is referred to in the article. I am very excited to be a part of this and pleased that Concerned Catholics of Montana decided to be one of the many groups to study, discuss and comment on the 4 position papers that Joan is referring to in her article. I urge any of you who have not read the position papers to please do so and follow the links to the Survey Monkey tool to give your input. It is a way for our voices to be heard. The working paper for the Synod, by the official title of Instrumentum Laboris, came out last week. It is an interesting document to go over in that it reads as if written by two very different hands I am convinced, based on all I have read about and written by Francs that his hand was one of them. It was interesting to note that the Synod secretariat did note in the paper the many independent surveys that they received, and that would then include the one that Rosemary worked so hard on and that all of you who gave your input had a hand in. Many thanks to all of you who contributed to that survey and for those of you who contributed to the discussions locally on the position papers…..Reyanna
By Joan Chittister, July 3, 2014, National Catholic Reporter On-line
Watch the TV ads carefully these days. You may not have much interest in the particular product they’re selling at any particular time, but if you listen carefully, you can certainly learn a lot there about ecclesiastical physics. One advert teaches: “A body at rest tends to stay at rest; a body in motion tends to stay in motion.” And another one says: “Every action creates a reaction.” So there you have it. That’s exactly what’s going on in the church right now.
Whole bodies of people are moving forward while the bishops stay at rest. Most important of all, when the hierarchical church finally called for a response from the church at large about something important — marriage, family, relationships — material poured out of every lay group in the country. The data were clear: The laity was eager to respond. They wanted to be part of the conversation. They wanted to give back to the church the fruits of the sacrament the church has bestowed on them.
But not in one area alone or from one group alone. (To continue reading, click here.)