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