Life out of Ministry

January can be a long, and fairly dreary, month. In my years of ministry it was a nice break from the travel and intensity of mission preaching. More often than not it was also a time when I was preparing for the Galway Novena, which usually takes place in the first half of February. A few days ago I was talking to one of my Redemptorist colleagues who was going off for a badly needed break for a week.  

Gabriel Daly in The Tablet

In a recent article in The Tablet, the distinguished Augustinian theologian, Gabriel Daly, had the following paragraph:

“When the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith offends against justice and peace by identifying its own traditionalist opinions as ‘the immutable teaching of the Church’ and then accuses, and even punishes, fellow Catholics for not conforming to them, we have a situation that makes dissent and protest not only permissible, but a moral and theological duty.”

It is good for me to read that, and I thank Gabriel for such a clear statement of the position that I find myself in.  

Oppression in the U.S. Church

This is the sort of thing that appalled me about the U.S. Church — the way some of the ‘culture warrior’ bishops are driving a ‘coach and four’ through even the most basic of human rights. It is no wonder people are leaving the Church in droves. Miami archbishop warns employees against supporting gay marriage, even in a tweet
 (RNS) As Florida became the latest state to legalize same-sex marriage this week, Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski sent a memo to all church employees reiterating that any expressions of support for gay marriage — even if it’s only a tweet or Facebook post — could cost them their job.
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