"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

All quiet on the Midwestern front?

'Catholic' Coalition for Church Reform?

Not so fast Sr. Mary Michael.
I thought things were a little too quiet locally, and I was right. This from the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis:
It has come to the attention of the Archdiocese that a group calling itself the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (CCCR) is planning a 2010 ‘synod’ in the Archdiocese entitled, ‘Claiming Our Place at the Table’.
While the agenda for the proposed synod purports to be an exploration of the role of baptized Catholics within the institutional Church of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, it is not being conducted under the auspices of the Archdiocese, the universal Roman Catholic Church, or any entity or organization affiliated with the Archdiocese or the universal Roman Catholic Church.
The Archdiocese wishes it to be known that the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform, the 2010 synod, and individuals endorsing the same, are not agents or entities of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis or the Roman Catholic Church. Moreover, the Archdiocese wishes to lovingly caution those members of the faithful participating in the ‘work/study groups’ and intending to attend the synod of the potential that the issues on which CCCR will seek reform are magisterial teachings of the Church, and are therefore to be believed by divine and catholic faith. The Archdiocese also wishes to remind the faithful of its need to shun any contrary doctrines, and instead to embrace and retain, to safeguard reverently and expound faithfully, the doctrine of faith and morals proposed definitively by the magisterium of the Church. - Catholic Spirit
It is good to know.


  1. As soon as I see words like "our" and "table" - well, you just know they want to stir up trouble.

  2. Target acquired and commencing firing: bam bam bam bam bam!!

    Looks like a direct hit!!

    Ah, it's good to be part of the Church Militant.

  3. Hey you're poaching on my liturgy cop grounds!

    Great comment, Commandant Larry!

  4. The participants in this Synod know full well they are not in compliance with Holy Church-that's their point. This release will do nothing do little to change their minds, now they can whine about how oppressed and mean the Chancery is blah, blah.

    But, I'm happy to see this release. It leaves no doubt and it is very pastoral. It's possible it will inform some who think the CCCR is a legit authority in the Church.

  5. Larry D/All

    Here's a link on fratres with more information on the American Catholic Council satellite group (CCCR). I would appreciate any related articles you all might find... I'm collecting them for a project and as service to the Church Militant.

    The warning came on the eve of a fundraiser for the CCCR at the "puppet-like sounding" Lake Elmo in Minneapolis...

    Headliner: excommunicated Maryknoll Priest Father Roy Bourgeois

    Here's the link:

    Good day all!

    james mary evans

  6. Terry - is she a friend of Sister Patricia?

  7. Cathy ~ That really wasn't written for the participants. It was written to inform the public that they aren't part of the Church. It's the job of the Bishop to state those things and I believe that canonically, he MUST publish such a document.

    It also establishes grounds for canonical penalties as certain things must be promulgated.

    Perhaps future excommunications, even.


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