Saturday, November 3, 2007
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 RoomStan 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.

Saturday, November 3, 2007
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.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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.

Thursday, May 17, 2007
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.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007
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.

Saturday, November 4, 2006
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?

he 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.


Thursday, March 25, 1999
1 hour, 41 minutes - 94 MB - Sr. Maureen Fiedler SL and Fr. Joseph Fessio SJ

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