National Catholic Reporter coverage of our
Church in transition is outstanding. The “John
Paul II Special Commemorative Issue and Papal Succession
Coverage” is a special offer to new subscribers.
To subscribe, click
here. The current issue of NCR has some
thoughts shared by a few cardinals with John Allen.
For a quick overview of the papal election process,
here. Also, John Allen’s book Conclave provides
an excellent overview of this ancient process. (Allen
is the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic
Reporter and CNN’s Vatican analyst in Rome.) Also
this to find who (or what) the camerlengo is;
and did you know that any baptized male, who is not
a heretic, in schism or known for simony can be elected
Pope?; another succinct
site offers a complete list of the current list
of cardinals who will be voting for the next Pope.
Lay people and survivor support organizations were
not alone in protesting Cardinal Law’s striking visibility
during the official period of mourning for Pope John
Paul II. Read
A recent AP poll indicates that change is very much
on the minds of Catholics. Click
VOTF president Jim Post will participate in a “Virtual
Conclave” hosted by Beliefnet.com.
The on-line publication has invited a broad spectrum
of Catholic and non-Catholic leaders to carry on a conversation,
as virtual cardinals, about the future of our Church.
It appears that “virtual” has been re-defined just enough
to include some female cardinals in the conversation
stream – surely a historic first. To “listen in,” go
here. How’s this for a list of participating “cardinals”?
Cox - Thomas Professor of Divinity at Harvard University.
Donohue - president of the Catholic League, the United
States' largest Catholic civil rights organization.
Joan Chittister - Benedictine sister and Executive
Director of Benetvision, a resource center for contemporary
Post - president of Voice of the Faithful
Hull Hitchcock - founding director of Women for Faith
& Family and editor of Voices.
Thomas Reese - editor in chief of America, the national
Catholic weekly magazine.
Kennedy Townsend - former lieutenant governor of Maryland
Esposito - University Professor and Founding Director
of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding,
Juan Pablo Torrebiarte - a teacher at the seminary
of Our Lady of the Way in Solola, Guatemala.
Welborn - author of De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts
Behind the Fiction of The Da Vinci Code
James Rudin - Senior Interreligious Advisor for the
American Jewish Committee and past Chairman of the
International Jewish Committee for Interreligious
Rivera - a Fellow at the Wilberforce Forum at Prison
Shaw – former Secretary for Public Affairs of the
National Conference of Catholic Bishops and former
Director of Information of the Knights of Columbus.
Kertzer - Paul Dupee, Jr. University Professor of
Social Science at Brown University.
Gonzalez - Assistant Professor of Theological Studies
at Loyola Marymount University.
Louise Hartman - member of the board of directors
of the Association for the Rights
of Catholics in the Church and its immediate past
Ahmed - board member of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations and writes frequently about Muslim issues.
Bettinelli Jr. - managing editor of Catholic World
Report magazine and Catholic World News web
LaFleur - Buddhist scholar and E. Dale Saunders Professor
in Japanese Studies and distinguished professor of
religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Bethell - Tom Bethell is a senior editor of The
American Spectator and a Beliefnet columnist.
Renato Lanfranchi - member of the Missionarios Combonianos
and lives in Brazil.
McLaren - founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community
Church, a nondenominational church in Maryland. McLaren
was recently named one of America's 25 most influential
evangelicals by Time magazine.
Bray McNatt - Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt is a Unitarian
Universalist minister in New York City.
Ress – involved with missionary projects in Latin
America since 1970. Former managing editor of the
weekly Latin America Press in Peru. Judy lives in
Chile and heads a women's ministry working in the
areas of theology and spirituality.
Madrid - Patrick Madrid is the publisher of Envoy
magazine, a Catholic journal of apologetics and
Read the “Report
on the Church in America,” the Leadership Roundtable
2004, Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA, July 2004, and
let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associated Press coverage is available
Closing lecture, conversation and reception for the
IREPM program at Boston College, MA. “The Church
and Human Sexuality: An Ecclesiological Perspective”
on Thursday, April 28; 7:00pm; McGuinn 121. Free.
Presenter: Richard P. McBrien
This presentation will review the sexual-abuse crisis
within the broader context of the Catholic Church's
teachings and practices regarding human sexuality. It
will underscore the damage done to the Church's sacramental
life and suggest ways in which the Church can promote
healing, renewal and reform.
There will be a reception with Fr. McBrien immediately
following the presentation. Rev. Richard P. McBrien,
STD, is the Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology at
the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of numerous
books including Catholicism.
June 15-17: Boston College program “Church in the 21st
Century” to sponsor a conference on the “Roman Catholic
Priesthood in the 21st Century.” See the program, speakers
and registration information their web
site. NOTE: Registration deadline is April 15.
“Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political
Responsibility” was approved by the USCCB Administrative
Committee in September 2003. (A summary brochure is
here.) The document was among the topics of discussion
at the Ninth Annual Cardinal Bernardin Conference
on “Religion, Law, and Politics” in Arlington, VA,
March 4-6 of this year. This conference is part of the
Common Ground Initiative (see below). Papers presented
at the conference are available
here. Initiative Report is the quarterly
newsletter produced by CGI – the current issue recaps
the March conference.
Common Ground history: “Called to be Catholic: Church
in a Time of Peril” was prepared by the National Pastoral
Life Center in consultation with Catholic men and women
serving the church and society in a variety of callings
and sensitive to the diversity of Catholicism in the
United States. This statement provides the basis for
the Catholic Common Ground Project. The statement is
VOTF NJ’s Maria Cleary has started a blog called "Catholic
Conversations." Its purpose is to provide another option
for dialogue. It's very open - you can post anonymously
- and it's pretty free form. Click
here. The NJ affiliate is not sponsoring this officially.