Church Reform
LIVING THE CATHOLIC FAITH IN THE 3RD MILLENIUM
A LAYMAN'S LOOK AT THE JOURNEY OF FAITH

Church Reform

A HISTORY OF CAFETERIA CATHOLICISM 
From Catholica.com.au, an interesting take on how the dissent of many of our saints and martyrs have shaped Catholicism into the Church that we know today.
CAFETERIA CHRISTIANITY IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA 
When people ask questions like 'Why do we pick and choose our religious beliefs?' they usually don’t mean 'we' but 'they.'
COULD REFORM OF THE CHURCH MEAN SCHISM? 
If there was ever a time for the hierarchy to recognize its collective failure and accept the fact that they are all in this together, that time is now.
DOES THE CATHOLIC CHURCH NEED TO BE CHANGED? 
Meet the man who wants Pope Francis to shake up the Catholic Church - Hans Kung.
IS IT OK TO BE A CAFETERIA CATHOLIC? 
Evangelization requires real dialogue in the church—as well as an open door to those on imperfect journeys of faith.
MORE CATHOLIC THAN THE POPE 
The truth is all Catholics are cafeteria Catholics. Conservative Catholics were quite willing to ignore John Paul's and Benedict's strong statements on justice and peace, and progressive Catholics are happy to ignore Francis' opposition to women priests
THE CATHOLIC STORY, CONSERVATIVE VS. PROGRESSIVE 
Jesuit Fr. Tom Reese responds to a conservative history of Catholicism over the past 50 years, beginning with Vatican II.
THE POLITICAL CRISIS OF "CONSERVATIVE CATHOLICISM" 
When faith is harnessed to a political ideology, it withers. And something truly terrifying can occur; believers can confuse the ideology with faith itself.
WAS IT BETTER BACK THEN? 
The reduction of Catholic tradition to an imaginary medieval Catholicism has significant consequences for the intellectual life of the Catholic Church in the United States, and for the way it perceives and responds to the social and cultural changes of the last fifty years.
WHY WE CAME. WHY WE LEFT. WHY WE STAYED 
The reasons people join the church and remain in it are as complicated and various as the reasons others leave it. If nothing else, the decision to belong to the church and believe in its claims is not a trivial one.
AN OPEN LETTER TO CARDINAL CUPICH 
On the eve of the Vatican Conference in Rome on abuse prevention, Catholic Reform groups have come together to write an open letter to Cardinal Cupich, one of America's chef envoys, urging specific actions to issues that need to be addressed.On the eve of the Vatican Conference in Rome on abuse prevention, Catholic Reform groups have come together to write an open letter to Cardinal Cupich, one of America's chef envoys, urging specific actions to issues that need to be addressed.
CARDINAL NICHOLS; POPE FRANCIS' TOUGHNESS WILL SEE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH THROUGH REFORMS 
'Creating space for a variety of pastoral responses is not decentralization. It’s a response to the realities in which people live.'
CHURCH REFORM FROM BELOW; AN INTERVIEW WITH BISHOP FRANK CAGGIANO 
Whether it’s really reform or just renewal, everyone must adopt more of a stance of dialogue and listening with the heart.
CHURCH REFORM REQUIRES DECENTRALIZATION, SYNODALITY 
On the agenda of the most recent meeting of the Council of Cardinals was what might be the most important issue in the reform of the Roman Curia -- the decentralization of decision-making in the church.
DIALOGICAL DISTURBANCES BY DESIGN 
For those of us committed to transforming the organization of the Roman Catholic Church, we now have evidence for an effective strategy.
DISSENT AND DIALOGUE IN THE CHURCH 
Dissent in the church is as old as the argument between St. Peter and St. Paul described by Paul himself in Galatians. Another account is also given in the Acts of the Apostles.
INVITED OR NOT, HERE THEY COME 
'Every action creates a reaction.' So there you have it. That's exactly what's going on in the church right now.
WHEN NOT IN ROME  
The word periphery has an interesting history; it was part of a formula conceived by Yves Congar, O.P., when he published his important book True and False Reform in the Church in 1950. This book argued that authentic reform in and of the church comes about most effectively when the “center” is attentive to ecclesial life on the “periphery” and that this mutual responsiveness is achieved most effectively through councils
NARROWING THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH 
Who counts as an “authentic Catholic”? When a beleaguered minority rejects others and isolates itself, the result is weakness and fragmentation instead of strength through communion
THEOLOGIAN SAYS CHURCH NEEDS BOTH SYNODALITY AND PRIMACY  
In the Eastern Churches, the synod is an important law-making body, but in the Synod of Bishops it is a purely advisory body for the universal Church, under the direction of the pope.
IS THE DECLINE OF RELIGION THE DECLINE OF GENEROSITY? 
Sure, religious households give more money away than unaffiliated households. But do they ever question why poverty and hunger and homelessness continue to soar in this supposedly "rich" country?
ADVOCACY AND EXILE: ROY BOURGEOIS AND THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN’S ORDINATION 
It has been seven years since Roy Bourgeois was laicized and excommunicated from the Catholic Church for advocating for women’s equality.
PROHIBITION ON WOMEN PRIESTS COULD BRING ABOUT 'SLOW DEATH' OF CHURCH  
An Irish government minister has warned that Catholicism’s prohibition on women priests is “brazen discrimination” and could bring about the Church’s “slow death”.
THE RETROGRADE INTRANSIGENCE OF CONSERVATIVE CATHOLICS 
If there were any doubts that Pope Francis is a stealth reformer of the Roman Catholic Church, the apostolic exhortation, "The Joy of Love" should settle the matter.
IT TAKES MORE THAN A GREAT REFORMER TO REFORM THE CHURCH 
Today's Catholics are more ideologically diverse from each other and in some countries they are even quite polarized politically. Culture, agendas, history stand in the way of the most able of popes.
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH NEEDS A RADICALLY TRADITIONAL REVOLUTION 
If Catholics knew their own history and knew a bit about their sister churches in the East, they would know that the structural reforms they desperately need today are already being lived out in other Christian bodies.
FRANCIS OF ASSISI'S MODEL FOR CHURCH REFORM MAY HELP IN THE ABUSE CRISIS 
Pope Francis' namesake from Assisi offers church leaders a useful hermeneutic for interpreting Christ's exhortation to us today: repair the church, for as you see, it is falling apart!
DAN BERRIGAN LIVED THE GOSPEL AS IF IT WERE TRUE 
Saints are often people who live out their Christianity in a way that seems ridiculous or even scandalous.
CALL TO ACTION — THE 'LOYAL LEFT OPPOSITION'— REORGANIZES AMID AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE 
While much is dying among church institutions, new growth is happening too.
YOUNGER PROGRESSIVE CATHOLICS READY TO 'REGENERATE' CALL TO ACTION 
This is part two of a three-part series on Call to Action... These millennial Catholics may change the organization as they take over.
AT CALL TO ACTION, YOUNGER LEADERS ARE REIMAGINING CHURCH REFORM 
While internal church reform issues "aren't irrelevant," there is a much greater desire to advance social justice and bring about the kingdom of God that way.
EVERYBODY WANTS A REVOLUTION, BUT NOBODY WANTS TO DO THE DISHES 
What is needed is a perhaps more sober and less triumphant grappling with the way institutional change actually takes place.
WHEN IT COMES TO CHURCH REFORM, DESPAIR IS NOT AN OPTION 
Through the power of the Spirit of God our dry decaying bones will rise again.
DANIEL BERRIGAN, 'PATRON SAINT OF THE NAY-SAYERS' 
Three years after his death, Daniel Berrigan, activist, priest and poet among many other things, still casts a long shadow...
LAY PEOPLE IN THE RENEWAL OF THE CHURCH 
Real reform happens when lay people, who are the vast majority of the Church, assimilate and live it, when the "living stones" of the Church are renewed in holiness.
BISHOP MCELROY: US CHURCH IS ADRIFT, SYNODALITY CAN RENEW IT 
Renewal filled with broad consultation, the willingness to accept choices, the search for reform at every level, and faith in the constancy of God's presence in the community.