Thomas P. Doyle, J.C.D., C.A.D.C.
ANNUAL SNAP CONFERENCE
June 24 to 26, 2016
In the original presentation I followed the basic format suggested for speakers at Alcoholics Anonymous and other Twelve Step meetings: What is was like before. What Happened. What it is like now. I have revised the original and expanded it to article length and have retained to this format.
WHAT IT WAS LIKE BEFORE
The present era of awareness of sexual violation by Catholic clerics began in 1983 in two Catholic dioceses: the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana. This was not the start date of the problem of sexual violation but the beginning of widespread public awareness.
The reality of sexually dysfunctional clerics preying on minors and adults goes back through the centuries. In our lifetime it had been covered with a thick blanket of secrecy. It was unknown to the vast majority of lay persons and clerics as well. Many bishops knew about it but when they had to confront real cases they did so in secret with only a very small number of their closest advisors, all clerics, involved. Although they knew about sexual violation of minors in general, they were incapable of comprehending both its deeply pathological nature and its disastrous effects on victims.
Few knew about such abuse in the Church and even fewer believed it existed and this was due to the nature of the Catholic Church at the time. Back in the forties and fifties there was only one Catholic Church and it was the visible monarchical structure, a stratified society with a clerical aristocracy that was made up of celibate men and the vast ocean of lay commoners. The wall between the clerical caste and the “faithful” as the commoners are known, was steep and almost totally impenetrable.
(Vatican Radio) In the course of a dialogue during a meeting with the participants in the Plenary Assembly of Superiors General, which took place in May, Pope Francis expressed his intention to “establish an official commission that could study the question” of the diaconate of women, “especially with regard to the first ages of the Church.”
After intense prayer and mature reflection, Pope Francis has decided to institute the Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women. As president of the Commission, Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, SJ. In addition to Archbishop Ladaria, the commission is composed of six women and six men from academic institutions around the world.
Below, please find the complete list of the members of the Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women:
On 100th German Katholikentag from 25 to 29 May 2016 Leipzig with the motto, "Behold the man " the Church People's Movement We Are Church was again intensively involved under the headline: "Future. For church. For all humans."
- - With events within the program of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK)
- - With the "talks at Jacob's Well" on the We Are Church stand on the church mile
- - And with the Catholic plus together with the Reader´s Initiative Publik-Forum at the "Alte Börse".
Also Eva-Maria Kiklas has been called for We Are Church from ZdK in the preparatory group - "local Church - Church with the people".
What are „Katholikentage“?
The first German Catholic Congress was held from October 3 to 6 October 1848 in Mainz as "General Assembly of the Catholic Association of Germany", thrilled by the bourgeois-democratic revolution in March 1848 and as a reaction to the suppression of the Catholic population by the Protestant governments since the Congress of Vienna from 1814 to 1815, which resulted later in the Kulturkampf. At that time, the Katholikentag was purely a delegates meeting, for men only, to the 87 Club Members and around 100 other clergy and lay participants came.
A tribute from We Are All Church South Africa
The most recognizable image of Augustine Shutte, who died in Cape Town early Monday morning 23rd May, is of the teacher. Listeners picked up, even when their intellectual background was too thin to allow them to grasp everything, that here was something of profound value. This was not only in the lectures hall of the University of Cape Town (UCT) where he taught in the Department of Philosophy since 1972, but in the many popular extramural lectures series he gave to the public, often on philosophical aspects of religious faith and its relation to our scientific knowledge. And in the School of Theology at the university chaplaincy which he co-founded, and that fed the minds of generations of Catholic students. Or talks to any number of different groups, Quakers, University of the Third Age, Cape Town Dominican Sisters, the university medical ethics research group, even the Seminary where he began his teaching before joining UCT.
His desire to communicate was passionate, issuing in a book on philosophy in an African context, Philosophy for Africa (UCT, 1993) and one on a summa of the Christian faith written with teachers of religion in mind, The Mystery of Humanity (Cluster, 1994). With Templeton funds he marshalled a group of scholars researching the central science and religion questions, and gave these topics an African context, published as The Quest for Humanity in Science and Religion (Cluster, 2005).
Pubblicato il 14 giugno 2016
Riforma della Curia senza riforma. Non siamo sulla strada giusta.
Tra i propositi ben noti e largamente condivisi fin dall’inizio del pontificato di papa Francesco vi è la riforma della Curia vaticana. Di ciò si parla poco. La forte immagine e la linea pastorale di questo papa nascondono o lasciano in secondo piano il funzionamento della struttura centrale della Chiesa e il problema urgente di come modificarla. Per ragionare sulla questione bisogna essere informati sugli organi centrali, cosa non difficile almeno in prima approssimazione. Notizie si trovano online e sull’Annuario Pontificio. Nell’opinione cattolica spesso non si ha consapevolezza delle dimensioni della Curia. Le Congregazioni sono nove, i Pontifici Consigli sono dodici, le Pontificie Commissioni sono sei, le Accademie pontificie sono undici, i Tribunali sono tre oltre alle istituzioni collegate che sono quattordici (tra le quali tutto il sistema della comunicazione). Poi c’è il Sinodo dei vescovi e la Segreteria di Stato, dalla quale dipendono le rappresentanze pontificie presso gli stati che sono 178 mentre 35 sono le organizzazioni internazionale nelle quali la S. Sede è presente a vario titolo.