AUSCP Members and Friends enjoyed a two-hour webinar conversation with author Jason Berry, the first journalist to report on priest abuse back in 1985. He started with a local weekly in Louisiana, on a joint assignment with NCR. In the years since then his reporting has had a broad impact. He continues to share what he knows about this damaging dimension of our church. Read Bob’s Blog HERE
Originally published October 19, 2018
EXCERPT: A recent NY Times op-ed (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/13/opinion/sunday/talk-god-sprituality-christian.html) opined that “It’s Getting Harder to Talk About God.” Our religious language doesn’t speak to spiritual hungers. Speech and conversation about matters spiritual are becoming rare because such lingo doesn’t make sense to people in today’s culture. Pluralism, secularization, and globalization have left society without common spiritual vocabulary. English words for that domain are falling out of use. We need a new rhetoric to interest and engage both young and old. CLICK HERE to read Bob’s blog.
Originally published October 2018
EXCERPT: All priests are infected with this disease of clericalism, and many lay persons as well. This August Commonweal cited Cardinal Blase Cupich’s reference to “attitudes of power, privilege and entitlement” among the ordained and “a structure that protects them from accountability.” Cupich will be a keynoter at AUSCP’s 2019 Assembly in St. Louis which will explore God’s Priestly People: The Baptized and The Ordained. CLICK HERE to read Bob’s blog.
Originally posted October 13, 2018
As of this Sunday Oscar Romero will be St. Oscar Romero. He was martyred for his prophetic preaching in his Now. His sermons were broadcast throughout his country during a time of violence. A few of his recorded thoughts are worth our reflection. CLICK HERE to read Bob’s blog.