Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Geezers at St. Joan's were at it again!

A Catholic theologian, renown [sic] feminist and ethicist, Mary Hunt conducted two illuminating workshops at St. Joan’s on February 17-18. The first, One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic: An Ecclesia for Our Children and Ourselves took place Friday evening in the SJA Church while the second, Catholic Is As Catholic Does: Strategies for Being Catholic In Challenging Times transpired Saturday in a three hour symposium held in the SJA Hospitality Hall
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“Only ten percent of current candidates of seminarians are up to par in the Catholic Church today. 80% of our ministries consist of lay people,” offers Hunt. In liturgy, lay people aren’t allowed to speak at sermons. Low pay, long hours and little recognition continue to exhaust and disenfranchise the lay people of the church. “How do we get out of this religious mess?” demands Hunt. We need to embrace new models of ministry and face this terrible issue of heterosexism that is so rampantly controlling the decisions of the Church. Hunt offers “rethinking the center so people in the margins are taken more seriously.”
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She feels that progressive Jews and Muslims relate better to a congregation than do fundamentalist Catholics. “An HIV-positive black woman with her baby at her breast is far more a symbol of unity than Cardinal Ratzinger,” opined Hunt.
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Addressing financial funding, a consensus suggested that we start diverting money from one’s parish by starting a non-prophet [sic] organization. We have to educate people how real estate is divided up in the Church. We want to create the Ecclesia that we, the people, desire and where we have a say in how real estate is divided and who owns what.
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Scripture should be the source for basing decisions of the Church but so equally should be the human experience as well as cosmology and science. Thanks to Adoro Te Devote who has some thoughts on the matter.
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