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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 02:13

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IN THE CCCR LAY NETWORK IN YOUR PARISH AND DEANERY

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

 

Please register your name, email address, and parish (if any) to join in a strong lay voice on matters of concern in our Archdiocese.

 

 

Thanks to everyone who nominated a local pastor for the role of bishop/archbishop in this Archdiocese.

 

During July, a committee of four lay people and five priests of the Bishop Selection Task Force will narrow down the field to about 10, a manageable number to make known to the people of the Archdiocese. We will vote to narrow the list to three.  The purpose of the voting is

  • to accustom ourselves to the idea of selecting our own leadership, and
  • to determine who among the local pastors has the confidence of the people to lead us in the mission of the Church.

We will than ask you to write to the papal nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican ambassador to the U.S. whose responsibility it is to recommend names to Rome for appointment.  In your letter you may recommend anyone you think qualified.  The reason for writing individually to the papal nuncio is that the Vatican discourages organized group recommendations to avoid campaigning and factions.

 

This initial attempt to make the people's voice heard is far from an ideal process. It is a first step to filling a crucial need in our Archdiocese.  Fr. Stephen Adrian, part of the Bishop Selection Task Force, has expressed the need like this:

To lead one must have the trust and confidence of the community.... It is essential that the next archbishop be selected only after a broad consultative process involving clergy, religious and laity. The process should include an opportunity to articulate the qualities we need in a bishop; the process should also allow people to suggest names of persons they consider meeting those qualities.

 

For an ideal process we would need Archdiocesan cooperation.  That is a future to be prayed for.  In the meantime we take first steps.

 

 

Rationales for Reducing the Number of Nominees

 

On the principle that the people under the bishop’s jurisdiction should have a voice in choosing him, the Task Force first eliminated nominations from people outside the Archdiocese. Secondly, believing that local pastors are more likely to be familiar with the needs of the Archdiocese, we eliminated nominees from other jurisdictions.

Reluctantly, we eliminated the much-appreciated senior nominees—70 and over. Since a bishop is required by canon law to tender his resignation at the age of 75 and it is probable that the investigative and appointment process is lengthy, a person over the age of 70 would not have sufficient time to serve. That left us with a list of 43 names.

 

Eliminating all nominees with only one nomination resulted in a list of 23 names.

 

Finally, the BishopSelection Task Force committee will assess that list of 23 names according to the criteria cited below to come up with a list of around 10 nominees for the Catholics of the Archdiocese to vote on. This task will be completed by the end of July.

 

If your choice for bishop/archbishop is not on the final slate, you may suggest any name you want to the papal nuncio, who is the ultimate decision-maker for names sent to Rome.

 

This initial project to make the voices of the people heard in leadership selection has many unfortunate limitations of access to people and resources. If you see injustices in it, please join the CCCR Bishop Selection Task Force to improve the ongoing process.

 

The Task Force will try to give you as much information as we can get about the final slate of nominees so that you can choose three from the ballot sent to you in the first week of November. Look for notices of workshops to “Know the Nominees” in September and October.

 

 

TELL YOUR FRIENDS THEY MUST REGISTER ON THE LAY NETWORK TO GET A BALLOT TO VOTE. See Registration at the top of this artilce.  THANKS.

 

 

Criteria to be Used in Reducing the Number of Nominees to a Slate

The bishop should have:      

  • The ability      to unify polarized factions and bring Catholics together to accomplish the      Church’s mission.
  • Significant pastoral experience in parish, hospital, or similar settings (not solely academic, Chancery, etc.).
  • A reputation for being credible and trustworthy and for valuing transparency and accountability.
  • Theological competence.
  • An ethic of servant leadership on the model of Pope Francis.
  • Demonstrated willingness to foster two-way communication with clergy and laity.
  • Demonstrated skill as a public speaker and preacher.
  • Evidence of leadership skills within the archdiocese.
  • Demonstrated administrative skills.
  • Involvement in promoting social justice and fostering concern for the poor and disenfranchised.
  • Ability to engage and relate to people of multiple generations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to interfaith efforts and cooperation.
  • Sensitivity to and credibility with diverse communities.

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 02:57
 
Toward an Expanding Lay Spirituality for the 21st Century PDF Print E-mail

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…and God saw that it was good.” That is how the book of Genesis begins the Hebrew people’s creation story, written down in the 6th century BC.

Homo Sapiens Sapiens (a species that knows that it knows) is a meaning-making creature, a spiritual seeker looking for answers to the ultimate question—why? Where did we come from? Where is it all going? Humans need coherent stories to survive and thrive. Their creation stories give them a secure understanding of their place in the world. Anthropologists have written about archaic societies that have disintegrated or become extinct when the story broke down. When they have a cosmology—a sense of belonging in the big picture—humans can work together to make supportive cultural systems, institutions where life can thrive. They can work together to reform institutions, even the religious institutions that carry the traditions of meaning.

In the 21st century we have global communication and economic systems, and the know-how to globally destroy ourselves, but do we have a shared story, a common meaning system? To what extent do we have a shared meaning system as a nation? What is the creation story of 21st century American Catholics?

Here is one creation story prevalent in the 21st century: Our knowledge of the beginning is by no means certain, but it has about five centuries of cumulative scientific investigation behind it. There was nothing but a pinpoint of energy until it exploded into a universe of matter about 15 billion years ago, the beginning of space/time. Particles of matter joined their energies to form increasingly complex structures till billions of stars, many with orbiting planets, spin ever outward in an expanding universe. And ten billion years later one medium-sized planet formed around one star amid twelve billion other stars in one of 100 billion galaxies. Earth was born.

 

The conditions on this planet earth are just right for molecules of matter to combine energies to form living cells, and they combined to form organisms, which combined to form ever more complex organisms in billions of species. And then, one species of very complex organisms, walking upright, with a cranium large enough to house an expanded brain, became conscious of itself as experiencing the world. The universe became conscious of itself and saw that it was good.

The evolutionary pattern is that new being emerges from the combined energies of already existing being; for example, hydrogen and oxygen combine and there is water. Looking back at that pattern of new creation emerging, from sub-atomic particles to atoms, then molecules, then cells, we can see that humans too have combined conscious energy to create cultural forms to produce new consciousness. They created increasingly complex or nuanced systems to live in community--governments, economic systems, educational systems—and complex systems to create meaning—religions, art, literature, music, dance. They have become co-creators of the evolving universe that now includes the culture of the species that has covered the face of the earth.

CCCR wants to explore how the above creation story can reveal Jesus’s message of God’s love for the world. Can the Christian religion, growing out of a Middle Eastern and Western cultural combination, fit with the evolutionary view of the universe? How do the concepts of incarnation, redemption, salvation, grace, and human deification fit in? How does Jesus’s vision of the Kingdom of God fit in? Is the call to personal and communal holiness the same as the evolutionary impulse to ever-expanding consciousness? Was Vatican II an evolutionary step forward in the history of the Roman Catholic Church?

We held workshops in the NW and SW quadrants of the Archdiocese during February of 2013 to talk about this shift in perspective.  Our keynote speaker for Synod 2013, September 28, is Sister Gail Worcelo who is a practicioner of the evolutionary perspective.  Look to the right of this article to register.

If you are interested in helping to set up further workshops on the questions for religion arising from this creation story, call (612) 379-1043 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Click on Evolutionary Christianity on the Main Menu to find articles, events, and a bibliography.

 

 

 

CCCR Board Members

                                   Sabrina Mauritz

                                               Peggy Benkert  

                                                     Paula Ruddy

                                               Mary Sutherland:               Secretary

                                                     Michael Bayly

                                              Mary Beth Stein

                                                       Lonne Murphy

                                                  Eileen Rodel:                      Co-Chair

                                                           Ed Walsh:                            Treasurer

                                                         Dan DeWan

                                                            Caroline Beal 

                                                              Bob Beutel:                         Co-Chair

                                                                Bernie Rodel:                      Co-Chair

                                                           Art Stoeberl      

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