Major Schism in U.S. Catholic Church Underway
the brochure

wow hans kung and sr. joan chittister will be there, along with a priest who leads a protestant congregation, and a Kennedy who was lieutenant governor of maryland

To be human is to have rights. These include life and freedom, together with
rights necessary to sustain them: shelter and nourishment, health and work,
education and leisure.
None of these rights is absolute. One may not exercise them in such a
manner that other people are exploited.
Citizens of the United States are particularly conscious of their rights, written
into our constitution: speech and peaceful assembly, dissent and due process,
the choice to believe or not, freedom of the press and protection from cruel
and unusual punishment, voting and the presumption of innocence.
When one decides to become a Catholic, one brings all these human rights
into the Church. The Church has a solemn obligation to protect these and not
to violate them. When one is a Catholic in the United States, the Church is
obliged to safeguard those rights which define what it is to be a citizen—unless
they are incompatible with Catholicism.
(i.e. liberalism) One must not be told that one
becomes a Catholic at the cost of being less an American. We cannot
declare that fundamental rights have no place in the Church of Christ.
We often hear that the “Church is not a democracy.” This is not true:
ecumenical councils, papal elections and the election of religious superiors
occur regularly. The first Ecumenical Council in 325 declared that no priest was
validly ordained unless the community made the selection. Popes and bishops
were chosen by the people at large.
Fundamentally, Catholic doctrine
maintains that the Spirit is given to all and that baptism makes every Catholic

here is the "bill of rights" they plan on signing

Distinctions between clergy and laity are functional and arbitrary. Their
value is always subordinate to the baptismal equality which gives all Catholics
the priesthood, the right to the Eucharist, and full status in the community.
Christ did not preach a Gospel of privilege and priorities, of entitlements,
and of lesser or greater discipleships. Christ did not proclaim that the Reign of
God was made up of those whose right to speech or due process or
presumption of innocence would now be curtailed.
The Reign of God has its charter in the beatitudes, its constitution in the
Gospels, and its mission in the Great Commandments.
In light of these principles and precepts, we, mindful of our baptism, eager
to be fully citizens of the United States and thoroughly Catholic, articulate this
Catholic Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.
1. Primacy of Conscience. Every Catholic has the right and responsibility to
develop an informed conscience and to act in accord with it.
2. Community. Every Catholic has the right and responsibility to participate
in a faith community and the right to responsible pastoral care.
3. Universal Ministry. Every Catholic has the right and responsibility to
proclaim the Gospel and to respond to the community’s call to ministerial
4. Freedom of Expression. Every Catholic has the right to freedom of
expression and the freedom to dissent.
5. Sacraments. Every Catholic has the right and responsibility to participate
in the fullness of the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church.

6. Reputation. Every Catholic has the right to a good name and to due
7. Governance. Every Catholic and every Catholic community have the right
to a voice in the selection of leaders and in the manner in which
governance and decision making are exercised.

8. Participation. Every Catholic has the right and responsibility to share in the
interpretation of the Gospel and Church tradition.

9. Councils. Every Catholic has the right to summon and speak in assemblies
where diverse voices can be heard.
10. Guarantee of rights. Church leaders shall respect the rights and responsibilities
of the baptized and their faith communities.

Im amazed our archbishop is allowing this (i wonder if he even knows)

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