The Prayer of the Gang Who Gathers

  From : THE GOD WHO FELL FROM HEAVEN By John Shea John (Jack) Shea is a theologian and storyteller who lectures nationally and internationally on storytelling in world religions, faith-based health care, contemporary spirituality, and the spirit at work movement. Formerly, he was a professor of systematic theology and the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, a research professor at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University of Chicago, and the Advocate Healthcare Senior Scholar in Residence at the Park Ridge Center for the Study of...
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Whose Church: A Concise Guide to Progressive Catholicism by Daniel C Maguire, The New Press, New York and London, 2008, 178 pp

  Why can’t theologians all write like Dan Maguire? When did dullness become the sine qua non of a theological tome? Where has the organic intellectual gone?   And what happened to timorous Catholic publishers who will not give voice to the ongoing critical conversations which Catholicism so desperately needs?All questions which came to my mind when I read Maguire’s delightful little book. The author, a married priest, armed with a doctorate (1969) from Rome’s prestigious Gregorian University,   has been a longtime prof in Religious Ethics at Milwaukee’s Marquette University....
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The Church Women Want edited by Elizabeth A. Johnson. Crossroad, 2002 paper pp. 141 A Catholic Common Ground Initiative Book

  This book reports on a series of lectures staged in New York’s Westchester County, refereed by Commonweal’s former editor, Margaret O’Brien Steinfels and involving ten important women in the church. The book cover declares the book to be a “no holds barred” discussion – an unfortunate suggestion of dominance imagery – but even worse, untrue. One “hold” is barred: disbelief. Lots of questioning, lots of doubts, lots of quiet desperation, lots of large-souled hope – but real disbelievers were not invited to speak on any of the four...
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Chicago’s Cardinal George asked to resign

    The recently revealed deposition by Cardinal Francis George is a clear indictment of his pastoring skills and his inability to lead the people of Chicago. His repeated failures in both the Bennett and McCormack cases indicate a trend to disregard advice from outside clerical circles and continue to follow precedents of deceit, cover-ups and secrecy (imbedded in the clerical culture) in lieu of protecting innocent children from irreparable harm.  The Chicago Tribune reported: For the first time on Tuesday August 19 Cardinal Francis George opened chancery books  on a litany of...
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World Notes

  Israel’s role in the Russia-Georgia war Tel Aviv-From the moment Georgia launched a surprise attack on the tiny breakaway region of South Ossetia , prompting a fierce Russian counterattack, Israel has been trying to distance itself from the conflict. This is understandable: with Georgian forces on the retreat, large numbers of civilians killed and injured, and Russia’s fury unabated, Israel’s deep involvement is severely embarrassing. Tbilisi’s top diplomat in Tel Aviv complained about the lackluster Israeli response to his country’s predicament and perhaps...
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