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November 1, 2014 People of Conscience: Reforming the Catholic Church Today
62 minutes - 59.9 MB - Fr. Tony Flannery

Presentation by Fr. Tony Flannery "People of Conscience: Reforming the Catholic Church Today." Catholic Tipping Point Tour 2014

September 9, 2014 FutureChurch Teleconference with Fr. Michael Crosby: Repairing My House
57 minutes - 17.1 MB - Fr. Michael Crosby

Presentation by Fr. Michael Crosby on “Repairing My House: A blueprint for reform in the the Church.”

April 12, 2014 FutureChurch Teleconference with Theresa and Anthony Padovano: The Gift of Marriage to the Priesthood
41 minutes - 23.6 MB - Theresa and Anthony Padovano

Presentation by Theresa and Anthony Padovano on what marriage can offer to the priesthood and what opportunity they see for reform with Pope Francis.

February 15, 2014 FutureChurch Teleconference with Sr. Sandra Schneiders: Moving Beyond Patriarchy
50 minutes - 14.4 MB - Sr. Sandra Schneiders

The podcast from our conversation with Sr. Sandra Schneiders, "Moving Beyond Patriarchy," a discussion of biblical interpretation as a tool to promote and enhance the full personhood of women.

 

November 20, 2013 FutureChurch Teleconference with Fr. Donald Cozzens: The Future of Priestly Celibacy
1 hour, 43 minutes - 41.2 MB - Fr. Donald Cozzens

Fr. Donald Cozzens engages conference participants in a discussion about priestly celibacy. He discusses the history, political dimensions and impact of mandatory celibacy showing how mandatory celibacy is used as a form of power and control while making a case for giving those who are called to the priesthood the freedom to marry or to be celibate.

May 22, 2013 Women And The Word Finding Your Voice Teleconference: Ordain Women to the Diaconate
51 minutes - 20.3 MB - Dr. Phyllis Zagano

Dr. Phyllis Zagano presents the case for ordaining women to the permanent diaconate in the Roman Catholic Church for Finding Your Voice: Ordain Women to the Diaconate a Women and the Word teleconference. This final installment to the Finding Your Voice series offers insight into the history and current state of women’s ministry in the Catholic Church.

April 18, 2013 Women And The Word Finding Your Voice Teleconference: Conscience and Dissent
55 minutes - 22 MB - Dr. Paul Lakeland

Theologian Dr. Paul Lakeland presents the facts about conscience formation and when it is necessary to dissent for Finding Your Voice: Conscience and Dissent a Women and the Word Teleconference. He offers guidance on the primacy of conscience and how our own individual consciences can empower and guide our actions as Catholics.

February 12, 2013 Women And The Word Finding Your Voice Teleconference with Canon Lawyer Sr. Kate Kuenstler
31 minutes - 16.6 MB - Sr. Kate Kuenstler

Canon Lawyer Sr. Kate Kuenstler, PHJC, presents the rights and obligations of Catholics for the Finding Your Voice: Canon Law and the Laity a Women and the Word Teleconference. She offers insight on the realities of Canon Law and how it can empower and guide our actions as Catholics. Kate operates a private practice in Canon Law and advocates for the rights of the laity and their role in the Catholic Church.

Dr. Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, Presents on Connecting with our Sisters: The Life and Times of Phoebe, Priscilla and Perpetua
50 minutes - 45.6 MB - Dr. Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ

Dr. Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, Presents on Connecting with our Sisters: The Life and Times of Phoebe, Priscilla and Perpetua. She addresses how these women in the churches of the first generations lived and expressed their faith, how they envisioned a future church, and how we today can follow their example in humility and hope. Sr. Carolyn is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association and co-author of many books including A Woman's Place: House Churches in Earliest Christianity.

The New Roman Missal: The Rest of the Story
1 hour, 39 minutes - 45.5 MB - Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB

Fr. Anthony OSB Ruff discusses why we got new translation guidelines, which are a complete reversal of the previous ones, and what the results are in the English text of the missal - both its strengths and its deep problems. He examines how the new missal reflects the exercise of authority in the Church, which is becoming less collegial and more centralized. Fr. Ruff reflects on the many ways a faithful Catholic might respond to this dilemma, ranging from collaboration to resistance.

Fr. Ruff is a monk of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN. He teaches liturgy, liturgical music, and Gregorian chant at St. John's University School of Theology Seminary. He is widely published. He is the author of Sacred Music and Liturgical Reform: Treasures and Transformations, and of Responsorial Psalms for Weekday Mass: Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. He does priestly ministry at the local county jail and the neighboring community of Benedictine Sisters.

Handout from Fr. Ruff's Presentation (Registration Required)

The Silencing of (Catholic) Women: Then and Now
1 hour, 5 minutes - 44.4 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk CSJ

Early women leaders, whose teaching and evangelizing was so foundational to the spread of Christianity were progressively forbidden to do either until, by the fifth century (with some notable exceptions), they were in the main silenced and excluded from church preaching and governance. And still today. Sadly, this early suppression came to be revered as "the continuous tradition of the Church" despite significant historical and archaeological evidence to the contrary. This presentation explores trajectories suppressing women's leadership and examine implications for the ongoing struggle for women's equality in Catholicism today. Practical strategies for healing institutional deafness to "Women of the Word" are also discussed as well as information about newly available slides of 4th century women leaders from the Pio Christian museum.

Sr. Chris Schenk CSJ is the Executive Director of FutureChurch. She has Master's degrees in midwifery and theology and, with the able assistance of FutureChurch staffers, developed and administers four national dialogue projects - Women in Church Leadership, The Future of Priestly Ministry, Celebrating Women Witnesses and the Save Our Parish Community project. In 2007 and 2008 Schenk, coordinated an international effort to "put women back in the biblical picture" at the Synod on the Word.

Cry Out With A Million Voices: Gospel Nonviolence for the Life of the Church
1 hour, 9 minutes - 47.5 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk CSJ

If you are wondering what to do when a new pastor dismantles effective parish programs, when a beloved pastoral minister is dismissed for believing in women's equality or when your vibrant parish is threatened with closure against your will, this workshop is for you. Sr. Chris Schenk will share spirituality and strategies for discerning a response to common abuses of authority in the US church.

Sr. Chris Schenk CSJ is the Executive Director of FutureChurch. She has Master's degrees in midwifery and theology and, with the able assistance of FutureChurch staffers, developed and administers four national dialogue projects - Women in Church Leadership, The Future of Priestly Ministry, Celebrating Women Witnesses and the Save Our Parish Community project. In 2007 and 2008 Schenk, coordinated an international effort to "put women back in the biblical picture" at the Synod on the Word.

Popes, Politics & Poggioli
1 hour, 20 minutes (in four files) - 94 MB - Sylvia Poggioli
Introduction (9 MB) | Lecture (52.3 MB) | Q&A (45 MB) | Closing (1.8 MB)

February 3, 2011, Drinko Hall-Cleveland State University

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli presented her analysis of world events for almost 20 years including her take on happenings in and around the Vatican and the creation of the European Union.

Sylvia Poggioli is the senior European correspondent for National Public Radio's foreign desk and reports from Rome, Italy; the Balkans; other parts of Europe; and the Middle East. She often covers events at the Vatican and covered FutureChurch's 2006 and 2007 pilgrimages to Rome archaeological sites of early women leaders. Poggioli can be heard on NPR's award winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

FutureChurch Teleconference with Regina Bosclair
Biblical Women Missing from the Lectionary - Why It Matters

1 hour, 21 minutes - 34.7 MB - Regina Bosclair, Ph.D.

On February 23, 2011, FutureChurch held a free phone conference entitled, Biblical Women Missing from the Lectionary - Why It Matters with a presentation by Regina Boisclair, Ph.D.

Regina Boisclair, PhD. is the Cardinal Newman Chair of Catholic Theology at Alaska Pacific University and author of âAmnesia in the Catholic Sunday Lectionary: Women- Silenced from the Memories of Salvation Historyâ published in Women and Theology, the annual publication of the College Theology Society, 1994

The teleconference included a presentation by Dr. Boisclair as well as time to learn about the FutureChurch resources that are available to assist in putting more women back in the biblical picture, especially during Holy Week and the Easter season.

The Catholic Church Today: Evolution or Revolution
1 hour, 6 minutes - 61 MB - Sr. Theresa Kane

Sr. Therese Kane gives a dynamic and scholarly presentation encouraging followers of Jesus today to belong to small communities and structure their leadership to encourage the virtues of friendship, spirituality, peacefulness, generosity, and gender equality in the manner of the early Christians who followed Jesus.

Can a Woman Receive the Sacrament of Orders?
1 hour, 41 minutes (in two files) - 94 MB - Sr. Maureen Fiedler SL and         Fr. Joseph Fessio SJ
Part I (51.3 MB) | Part II (42.5 MB)

The 1999 debate at Georgetown University between Sr. Maureen Fiedler SL and Fr. Joseph Fessio SJ on the topic Can a Woman Receive the Sacrament of Orders?

This debate was moderated by Fr. J. Augustine DiNoia, At the time, Fr. DiNoia, was serving as theological staff to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine. This quote from the Fr. DiNoia adds context to the discussion:

Also I should mention that there have been some questions, of course, about an odd idea that one is not allowed to speak about this subject. There is no such ruling. One cannot come to an understanding and deepening of the reflection of the nature of the gift of (that) holy orders is to the Church without speaking about it. So we must not think that we’re transgressing here any rulings of any kind. This is exactly the kind of debate and reflection that our Holy Father and indeed the entire theological tradition has always expected and indeed urged.

Fr. DiNoia was subsequently appointed to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith where he served for a number of years with then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI. In 2009 Fr. DiNoia was named an Archbishop and now serves at the Congregation for Divine Worship.

This is a suggested resource for A Three Part Program Discussing Catholic Teaching and The Non-Ordination of Women found in A Million Voices

Remembering the Women Co-Workers of Paul, FutureChurch's 13th Annual Celebration of St. Mary of Magdala
1 hour, 6 minutes - 45 MB - Dr. Sheila McGinn, PhD

While listening to Dr. McGinn's podcast, you may find it helpful to refer to Romans 16: 1-16.

On July 22, 2009, NewTestament expert Dr. Sheila McGinn regaled a receptive crowd of about seventy with her humorous accounts of early women leaders such as Lydia, Phoebe and Prisca. Far from being meek helpmates, Dr. McGinn explained that these women were actually wise patrons and evangelists without whom Paul's mission would have been impossible. They led prayer, managed table fellowship, decided the missionary agenda of a group, and worked with Paul to proclaim the Gospel. Their witness confirms the ministry of women leaders in the early Church and today.

Dr. Sheila E. McGinn, is a professor of biblical studies & early Christianity at John Carroll University. Sheila received her doctorate from Northwestern University. She teaches courses on a wide variety of New Testament topics, and her recent publication include studies of several of Paul's letters, the women in Matthew's passion resurrection story, The Acts of Thecla, and the Montanist Oracles.

Mixing God and Politics
1 hour (in two files) - 90 MB - Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Part I (68 MB) | Part II (22 MB)

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was the featured speaker at FutureChurch’s 18th annual fund raising banquet held in Cleveland on September 18th. Kathleen is the oldest daughter of Robert Kennedy and served two terms as lieutenant governor of Maryland. Her warm and relational style was well received as she shared some of the main themes of her recent book, Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches are Mixing God and Politics and Losing Their Way.

Report from the Synod on the Word
63 minutes - 11 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk

Sr. Chris Schenk of FutureChurch reports on the October 6-26 World Synod of Bishops on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church," For two years, Schenk spearheaded a CTA supported national Women and the Word campaign asking the synod to "put women back in the biblical picture" by inviting women biblical experts, devoting pastoral attention to Jesus' and St. Paul's inclusive practice, expanding preaching opportunities for women and restoring women leaders to lectionary texts from which their witness was diminished and deleted. Schenk reviews remarkable campaign successes including the fact that the Vatican invited the greatest number of women ever to participate as auditors and biblical experts. Also, for the first time in history, the synod "recognized and encouraged the ministry of women of the Word," and discussed the need to restore women's stories to the Lectionary.

Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church
74 minutes (in two files) - 52.8 MB - Bishop Geoffrey Robinson
Part I (34.6 MB) | Part II (18.2 MB)

Going back to the Bible and, above all, to the teaching of Jesus, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson presents an approach to sexual morality that is profound, compassionate, and people-centered. He stresses the priority of the hierarchy of holiness over the hierarchy of power and offers nothing less than a vision for a church of the third millennium.

Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who has degrees in philosophy, theology, and church law, was Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney from 1984 until his retirement in 2004. In 1994 he was elected by the Australian Bishops to the National Committee for Professional Standards, coordinating the response of the Catholic Church in Australia to revelations of sexual abuse, and from 1997 until 2003 he was cochairman of this committee.

This presentation was given on June 5, 2008, in Cleveland, Ohio and was sponsored by FutureChurch.

Quest for the Living God
56 minutes - 54.1 MB - Elizabeth Johnson, PhD

“Because church reform is exhausting work . . . (and) needs to be centered in strong and deep relationship with God.” Elizabeth Johnson focuses on three theological frontiers we now face in our relationship with God: the feminist, the interreligious, and the ecological.

Dr. Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University and past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, titled her talk, “Questing for the Living God,” similar to the full title of her latest book, hot off the press, Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God (New York: Continuum, 2007)

This presentation was given at the 17th annual FutureChurch benefit on October 18, 2007, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Women and the Word
52 minutes - 54 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk

Christine Schenk csj discusses the upcoming October 2008 World Synod of Bishops on the theme “the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.” But what about women’s relationship to the Scriptural Word? In February the Pope gave biblical basis for women preachers and leaders in an address to 20,000 people. Yet female biblical leadership and experience are invisible in lectionary proclamation and preaching. Schenk also discusses how Jesus and Paul included women leaders who were later deleted from lectionary texts and suggests practical strategies for advancing biblical inclusiveness in your parish and diocese.

Chris is the director of FutureChurch She holds masters degrees in Theology and Midwifery and has given hundreds of media interviews and presentations about the worldwide priest shortage, women in Scripture, Eucharist, Jesus and Women, Mary of Magdala and women officeholders in the early church.

This presentation was given on November 3, 2007 at the national Call To Action conference.

Organizing to Preserve Vibrant Parishes
1 hour, 14 minutes - 71.9 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk

Christine Schenk csj is joined by panelists Fr. Gerry Bechard of Detroit’s Elephants in the Living Room; Stan Doherty of CTA New England and VOTF in the Boston archdiocese; and Dan Theil, president of Toledo’s United Parishes. Listen to learn about strategies to preserve viable parishes in your diocese and resist unjust closures. Hear the stories of the panelists who are working in the trenches to keep parishes open. Learn more about FutureChurch’s “Save Our Parish Community” project that is stirring a national discussion of best practices for keeping viable parishes open rather than closing them because of real estate values or simply because no priest is available.

This presentation was given on November 3, 2007 at the national Call To Action conference.

Canon Law and the Rights of the Lay Christian Faithful
1 hour, 53 minutes - 45.3 MB - Sister Kate Kuenstler PHJC, JCD

Canon Law is so much more than a list of "do nots," it is a positive affirmation of our rights. Especially timely for those seeking to preserve vibrant parishes. Sister Kate Kuenstler PHJC, JCD speaks from a background as a former diocesan tribunal lawyer, teacher,
parish catechetical director, and diocesan director of religious education. She is now an advocate for the laity, lecturing in
various states on the topic of the laity and their role in Catholic Church.

This lecture was recorded on May 17, 2007 at a FutureChurch program in Cleveland, Ohio.

A Voice of Their Own: The Authority of the Local Parish
1 hour, 25 minutes - 33.9 MB - Fr. William A. Clark, S.J., S.T.D.

Fr Clark discusses a theology of parish that empowers the laity to renew the whole Church through the renewal of the local community. His insights are especially valuable as dioceses nationwide are considering parish reconfigurations because of the priest shortage. William A. Clark, S.J., S.T.D., is the author of A Voice of Their Own: The Authority of the Local Parish (Liturgical Press). He is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA where he teaches courses in Catholicism, Christian prayer, and the Church. In addition to his academic work on the role of local church communities, Father Bill has extensive experience in parish pastoral work, retreat direction, and music ministry.

This lecture was given on February 27, 2007. John Carroll co-sponsors included the Institute of Catholic Studies, the Cardinal Suenens Center in Theology and Church Life, Campus Ministry, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Department of Communication and Theater Arts.

Respecting Parish Integrity in a Time of Fewer Priests

1 hour, 3 minutes - 25.2 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk

Should vibrant, solvent parishes with effective apostolic outreach be closed or merged solely because no priest is available to live on the premises? Do parish communities have theological integrity, inherent authority and rights and responsibilities to be exercised in communion with the universal church? What can pastors, parish council leaders, lay ministers, and ordinary parishioners do to claim and vindicate these rights?

Sr. Chris Schenk discusses FutureChurch’s Save Our Parish Community Project which educates about the theological basis for the inherent authority of a parish community and its canonical right to exist. The project includes discernment guidelines and canonical, spiritual and organizational resources to resist unjust closings or mergers if the situation warrants. Peter Borre, spokesperson for Boston’s Council of Parishes shares the lived experience of 15 vibrant but threatened parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston.

This presentation was given on November 4, 2006 at the national Call To Action conference.

And the Survey Says!
1 hour, 5 minutes - 26.3 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk

Wondering what progressive Catholics believe are the best ways to promote women’s full ministerial equality in the Catholic Church? Sr. Chris Schenk discusses the findings of FutureChurch’s Advancing Women in Church Leadership Survey of over 40,000 reform-minded Catholics. Learn about current trends and concrete strategies that are transforming institutional Catholicism from within and without.

Schenk is the director of FutureChurch which spearheads an annual effort to restore awareness of St. Mary of Magdala as the first witness to the Resurrection. She recently catalyzed the creation of the Save Our Parish Community Project designed to give parishioners and pastors the tools they need to discern and resist unjust closing or merging. She has given hundreds of media interviews and presentations about the worldwide priest shortage, women in Scripture, Eucharist, Jesus and Women, Mary of Magdala and women officeholders in the early church.

This presentation was given on November 4, 2006 at the national Call To Action conference.