Thursday, July 16, 2020
1 Hour 7 minutes - 65 MB - Dr. Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, Th.D.

Throughout the early (2nd-6th) Christian centuries, the lives of most women were lived in silence, while the few elite ascetic women got at least some attention. What about the rest? Dr. Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, Catholic Professor of New Testament emerita at Brite Divinity School and past president of the Catholic Biblical Association, explores the lives of these early Christian women. 


Monday, June 22, 2020
1 Hour 28 Minutes - 85 MB - Carol Dempsey, OP, PhD

Carol Dempsey, OP, PhD explores new ways of reading the “Scripture” “against the grain” and offers us new understandings of many of the stories and poems can become uncanningly “prophetic” to move us forward in our work for global justice. Included in our discussion is the topic of the gendering of “God” as we explore hegemonic power.  Professor Carol J. Dempsey, OP is an internationally recognized and award-winning scholar who teaches courses in Biblical Studies, specifically in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. With particular expertise in the Prophets, Professor Dempsey’s interests lie in a feminist and liberation approach to biblical texts, gender studies, biblical theology, literary and rhetorical criticism, and environmental/ecological studies. 



Tuesday, June 2, 2020
1 Hour 25 Minutes - 85 MB - Christine Schenk, CSJ & Theresa Kane, RSM

In 2009, the Vatican announced dual wide -ranging investigations of US sisters, described at the time as “probably the largest investigation in church history.” Pope Francis ended both investigations favorably for the sisters. After nearly 50 years of opposition, the Vatican publicly affirmed contemporary expressions of religious life first inaugurated by Theresa and her contemporaries. What lessons does this 50-year saga hold for the People of God today?





Tuesday, May 26, 2020
1 Hour 40 Minutes - 96 MB - Christine Schenk, CSJ & Theresa Kane, RSM

After Vatican II, Theresa and the Sisters of Mercy of the Union experienced immense changes in their ministries and lifestyle. Because Theresa would not desist from speaking her Sisters’ truth about the full equality and moral agency of women, the Vatican tried to remove her from office. But she persisted with a deep and persevering faith.



Tuesday, May 19, 2020
1 Hour 32 Minutes - 87 MB - Sr. Christine Schenk, Sr. Theresa Kane

Sr. Theresa Kane’s historic 1979 encounter with Pope John Paul II requesting full inclusion of women in all the ministries of the church galvanized the women’s movement in the Catholic Church. What led up to this moment? What changed because of Theresa’s prophetic act? Sister Christine Schenk presents on the first chapters of her biography and Sister Theresa Kane offers additional insights and recollections. Finally, both Sr. Chris and Sr. Theresa take participant questions. 


Wednesday, May 6, 2020
1 hour 15 minutes - 62 MB - Michael Peppard, Ph.D.

Michael Peppard, PhD, associate professor of New Testament Studies at Fordham University, discusses how Biblical women are disproportionately underrepresented in the assigned Scripture readings for the Church year: some women are omitted entirely, others are only read at weekday mass, and still others are made "optional." Providing examples from both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, Dr. Peppard covers just the tip of the iceberg in this presentation.  To go deeper, read Michael Peppard's Commonweal article, "Household Names: Junia, Phoebe, & Prisca in Early Christian Rome" by clicking here. Read Sr. Ruth Fox's article, "Women in the Bible and the Lectionary" by clicking here.


Monday, September 16, 2019
57 Minutes - 84 MB - Fr. Donald Cozzens

Donald Cozzens, priest, commentator and author of the award-winning book The Changing Face of the Priesthood discusses specific steps lay persons can take -- on a personal level -- to help dismantle a culture of clericalism in the church. Click here to register for future calls.   

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
1 hour 4 minutes - 62 MB - Michele Dillon, Ph.D.

Michele Dillon, Ph.D.,  Professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire and expert in autonomy and authority in the Catholic Church discusses the hiearchy's use of euphemization to both downplay the tragedy of the clergy abuse crisis and coverup and to maintain their own power and prohibit women from leadership and ministerial roles. Click here to register for future calls.   

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
1 hour 7 minutes - 64 MB - Katie Grimes, Ph.D.

Katie Grimes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics at Villanova University expands upon her essay on Episcopal Accountability, which appeared in A Pope Francis Lexicon, presenting an overview of how the Church's language and tradition around priesthood, episcopacy, and servant leadership create a barrier to a culture of accountability. The following question and answer session explores some ways lay Catholics can help to overcome the obstacles . Click here to register for future calls. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
1 Hour 20 Minutes - 75 MB - Tom Doyle

Canon lawyer, Tom Doyle, offers invaluable insight from his 35 years of experience working for justice for victim-survivors and their families into how canon law upholds a clerical system and culture in the Church, which perpetuates a cycle of abuse and coverup. He discuss which canons in particular lay a foundation for clericalism and argues that the entire church structure -- including canon law -- must be radically reformed if the violence and abuse of people and power is to stop. Click here to register for future calls. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
1 hour 12 minutes - 70 MB - Francine Cardman, Ph.D.

Francine Cardman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry presents an overview of the development of hierarchy and clericalism in the Roman Church, addressing the Church's evolving understanding of charism, office, ordination, and authority; the influence of sacramental theology; as well as the role of secular political realities. She also takes participant questions. This teleconference was the second in the series "Power to the People: From Clericalism to Collaboration" throughout 2019. Click here to register for future calls. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
1 hour 15 minutes - 69 MB - Rev. Thomas Reese, SJ

Author and journalist Thomas Reese, SJ provides an overview of the clergy sex abuse crisis, assessing the effectiveness of steps that have already been taken, reflecting on the latest developments, and outlining the challenges and opportunities ahead as we seek to move from a culture of clericalism to a culture of synodality in the Church. Fr. Reese also takes listener questions about the crisis and how lay people hold Church officials -- at every level -- accountable. This teleconference was the first in the series "Power to the People: From Clericalism to Collaboration" throughout 2019. Click here to register for future calls. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
53 Minutes 21 Seconds - 51MB - Professor Michael Higgins

Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, Dr. Higgins discusses the latest developments in clergy sex abuse and cover-up, including the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, Cardinal McCarrick’s resignation, and allegations made by Archbishop Vigano against Pope Francis . In our time together, Higgins argues that the "demolition" of the seminary system is the "kind of radical change the Catholic Church needs if it is to tackle the systemic evil that is clericalism," which is "the root cause of our institutional pathology." Take Action: Urge our bishops to overhaul seminaries. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
53 minutes - - Thomas O'Loughlin

Professor Thomas O'Loughlin shares his expertise regarding the historical theology of the Eucharist.  He shows the developments until now and helps restore the original understanding of the Eucharist as giving thanks to God. 
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
1 hr 9 minutes - 67 MB - Karen Gargamelli-McCreight, James Hannigan, Sean Gargamelli-McCreight

The question for us is: "What is God's unshakeable, unmistakeable call?". 

For Karen, Jimmy and Sean, the answer is unfolding as Benincasa Community. During our talk we will describe our community's founding impulse, the needs we see in our Church and City today, our work, our commitments, and our well as explain why we no longer worry about distinctions such as "religious" and "lay".