This series is intended to reach out to Christians searching for new and creative ways to live their faith. It doesn't matter whether you are looking for something more than Sunday Mass or whether you've left the institutional church all together. We welcome you if you are appalled with the clerical sex abuse crisis, or perhaps feeling excluded due to being divorced and remarried, maybe a young adult who feels your life experiences in today's world are not being addressed, or you're simply seeking a more personal community.
Bridget describes her calling and ordination as a woman Catholic priest and how the movement is growing today. She has no aspiration for being recognized as part of the church hierarchy but rather sees herself called to serve in a community of equals. For others feeling called, she recommends People's Catholic Seminary: https//pcseminary.org.
In this interview, our guest discusses the forthcoming synod taking place. It will focus on: the victimization of the indigenous people in the Amazon, adapting Christianity and the sacraments to the indigenous culture, protection of the environment, and the possibility of ordaining already married men to the priesthood due to the shortage of priests to serve this huge area. These are controversial topics and strongly objected to by the conservatives in the Church. It is anticipated that the outcome of these topics will have an impact on the universal church globally. See Fr. Reese's article on Controversy mixes with consensus as bishops gather for Amazon synod.
In this interview, our guest shares his insights into the politics of the Church and the necessity of the laity to reclaim their rightful place in it. In addressing the clerical sex abuse crisis, Massimo points out how this is all leading to a vertical collapse of the hierarchical authority of the institutional church. Alongside the worldwide conferences of bishops, he feels there should be corresponding conferences of the laity.
In this interview, we explore with Nontando Hadebe, a woman theologian from South Africa, why the Bishops Synods on the Family did not engage the work of women theologians who have for many years been writing on issues of marriage, family life, sexuality, and human relationships. Our guest points out that without women, there would be no church in Africa since women comprise 85-90% of the laity. The Roman Catholic Church is one of the few institutions not promoting full equality of women.
In this first forum we're seeking to gain a global perspective of the issues of greatest concern to Christians today. From experience, the chances are slim that we are going to reform our church from the top down. The majority of bishops aren’t listening and are not likely to even want to. We have a far greater chance of change in our church from the bottom up. We may not be able to change the minds of the hierarchy but we can change ourselves and our behavior.
A vast number of young people are moving away from the institutional Church and finding the best expression of their values and their Christianity is much more through social justice, climate justice, and environmental issues. The future of the Church for today's Millennials may well become Young Peoples Small Christian Communities.
In this interview, Allan de Neronha from India, commonly known as chhotebhai, shares his insights into the Second Vatican Council and the impact it has had on the Church today. He is especially interested in the role of the laity as envisioned by this council.
In this discussion, Allan de Neronha from India shares how we must move forward toward an adult Church with the people recognizing that they have the right to use their conscience in matters of faith and morals. Even though a couple may have left a bad marriage and are now living in a new and healthy relationship, why are far too many waiting for "Father" to tell them it is okay to receive Communion?
This series is an outreach to Christians looking for alternative ways to celebrate their faith in today's world. Whether you are looking for something more than just Sunday Mass or someone who has moved on from the institutional church completely, you will find insight and inspiration into these episodes.