Friday, March 23, 2012

Agents for Change: The Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Religious Education Congress

"The work of the devil will infiltrate even the Church."

Amazing.  The agenda and speakers at the the religious ed congress I mean.  So a new Archbishop of Los Angeles doesn't guarantee orthodoxy I guess.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, March 22, 2012, ( – The Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Religious Education Congress bills itself as an “opportunity to hear God’s voice in their own lives.” However, some of the featured speakers at the March 22-25 event, said to be the largest of its kind in the world, have described Barack Obama as “pro-life,” longed for “public models of gay priests,” opposed marriage protection legislation, and encouraged children to engage in “genital self-touch.”

Fr. Bryan Massingale, a priest with the archdiocese of Milwaukee and an associate professor of moral theology at Marquette University, spoke last March before the group “Equally Blessed,” which describes itself as “a coalition of faithful Catholics who support full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people both in the church and in civil society.” The professor, who has said he wants the Church to be “more sensuous and feminine,” publicly opposed Wisconsin’s Marriage Protection Act last year. His recorded talk, “Whatever Happened to the Common Good,” laments “the challenges of living this conviction in a fragmented and divided society.”

Fr. James Martin of America magazine participated in a workshop at the 2005 Religious Education Congress, where he told the faithful: “[I]f only there were more public models of gay priests. In the absence of any healthy gay priests for Catholics to reflect on publicly, and with the only examples being notorious pedophiles, the stereotype of the gay priest as child abuser only deepens.”

Sister Fran Ferder, a Franciscan nun, has said the Church needs a “theology of body touch, body exploration,” especially for children. “Ordinary genital self-touch can be very important and can help children come to reverence their bodies, to know them,” she said.
Sr. Ferder has stated Catholic bishops shame sexual sins in order to control their flock. Such “negative messages” about “sexual mistakes,” she said,“have to do with control and maintaining power. The patriarchal dominance in the hierarchy is incredibly strong, and sexual mandates are a good way to scare and control people.”

She and Fr. John Heagle from the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, direct the Therapy and Renewal Associates, based in Seattle. Fr. Heagle has stated the Church needs to listen to the “love stories of the gay and lesbian community.” - Source

Yes, this is definitely a WTF? moment if there ever was one.

Image:  SB the logo for the Religious Ed Conference 


  1. I never got the whole "the Church teachings on sexuality are because they want to control people" ...

    How does this even make sense logically? Wouldn't it be more easy to control people by preaching an ethic that allows then to indulge every bodily want?

    Brave New World seems to be the most likely dystopia ...

  2. I was going to make Brave New World, but I see that I've been beaten to it. I agree, it would be an odd way for people the bishops to control. Aldous Huxley once wrote that Brave New World would have lasted longer than the dictatorship of 1984, because the Brave New World ruled by pleasure, while the regime of 1984 ruled by fear, and pleasure was far more convincing and powerful.

  3. Well, fella, tis a mad, mad, mad, mad world out there, huh? Terry, you did A! research here, my friend. More and more I feel like Alice in Wonderland. We just keep falling and falling. Sadly, we are far from hitting bottom.

    I went to the Stand up for Religious Freedom rally at HHS in DC. I wish you all could have been there. I was so moved. It is very rare, to be a Catholic in a public forum in this way, with the opportunity to proclaim one's faith.

    There were 1300 people there. Lots of cars honking horns for us, in solidarity, as our Jebbie confrere would say, lol. A Korean priest. Lila Rose. Several African Americans. We prayed. We sang. Father Marcel Guarnizo was there!SO brave this man. What an example of true fatherhood. He led us in a rosary. A Dominican nun led us in Ave Maria. I found myself in tears, so grateful for the witness, and so proud of my Catholic brothers and sisters...

    Sunday, there will be prayers at the Supreme Court. The two organizations sponsoring these events will arrange thirty three hundred flowers in a circle around the high court, as a reminder of the 3300 babies who will be murdered on Sunday.

    Didn't mean to highjack the post, but I though we could all use some encoragement. Thanks, Terry.

  4. You didn't hijack it at all Maria - thanks much for the encouraging news.

  5. Mercury said...Wouldn't it be more easy to control people by preaching an ethic that allows then to indulge every bodily want?

    Precisely. And who in the Church and in society at large is preaching this ethic, but those who are trying to get us out from under the "control" of the bishops?

    Incidentally, Bella Dodd testified that separating Catholics from their shepherds was a standard Communist tactic.

  6. No need to blame Communists alone. It's the tactic of all ideologies and all heresies.

  7. I don't think anyone should be surprised by this? I'm certainly not. So what prevents an Archbishop from maintaining Catholic order an orthodoxy in his archdiocese? I've never understood this.


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