The Catholic Tipping Point
Conversations with Helmut Schüller
Internationally acclaimed Austrian priest activist,
Fr. Helmut Schüller toured 15 US cities this summer.
His presentations were attended by to nearly six thousand participants and collecting red ribbons.
- Video of Red Ribbon Delivery in NYC
- Fr. Schuller’s letter to USCCB President Timothy Cardinal Dolan
- Video of Presentation at the Cleveland City Club
Fr. Helmut Schuller is the charismatic founder of the Austrian Priests’ Initiative, (Pfarrer-Initiative) organized in 2006 to address a deepening shortage of priests forcing many Austrian parishes to close. His work inspired the establishment of similar priest groups in Germany, Ireland, France, the United States and Australia.
Schüller’s U.S. Tour came in the midst of a steadily worsening priest shortage. A 2009 study from the National Federation of Priests’ Councils found that for every 100 U.S. priests who retire, only 30 are available to replace them.
In June 2011, the Pfarrer-Initiative issued a “Call to Disobedience” calling for lay leadership and preaching in parishes without a priest, permitting divorced and remarried Catholics to receive sacraments and support for the ordination of women and married men.
Fr. Schuller’s 15-city tour of the US was a result of an invitation by FutureChurch and the work of a coalition of nine church reform organizations*.
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*Sponsored by: Call To Action, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, CORPUS, Dignity USA, FutureChurch, New Ways Ministry, National Coalition of Nuns, Quixote Center, Catholics Speak Out!, Voice of the Faithful, and Women’s Ordination Conference