TalkUp Tuesdays

According to Mirriam Webster, "Talk up" means "to speak plainly or directly."  The concept is what Pope Francis described as speaking with "parrhesia." FutureChurch will host daytime conversations regarding current events during our TalkUp Tuesday Series.  We will meet with experts in the know and discuss an important and timely topic together.  We know many Catholics stay informed about happenings in the Catholic Church.  This is place to share your opinions about those matters with one another in the Spirit of faith, frankness, and courage.  

This will be an informal setting where a short presentation will be followed by lively conversation among those present.    


Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 12 noon ET
rie Collins on the new Penal Code and its Potential for Combatting Clergy Sex Abuse and the Cover up


Born in Dublin, Ireland, Marie Collins is one of the Church's foremost advocates for justice for survivors of clergy sexual abuse -- for the protection of children and vulnerable adults -- and for accountability in the Roman Catholic Church.  A victim of clergy abuse at the age of 13, she is a founding trustee of the Marie Collins Foundation; the Irish support group for abuse survivors, One in Four; as well as a founding member of Aware, a depression support group in Ireland.

In 2014, she was appointed by Pope Francis as an inaugural member, and one of two survivors, to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. But on March 1, 2018, she resigned citing, the “reluctance of some members of the Vatican Curia to implement the recommendations of the Commission despite their approval by the pope.”

In the face of criminal activity on the part of too many priests and prelates, along with a culture of corrupting clericalism, Marie stands out as a modern day prophet, a voice that Catholics can trust.  Her willingness to stand for truth in her dealings with the Vatican and the Pope is not only a source of hope and inspiration for Catholics who have had enough of cover ups and lies, but a map for how we should engage the institution in our work for reform and justice.

In this informal setting, Marie will offer her thoughts on both the strengths and the weaknesses of the new Penal Code.  

Here are some articles that will help inform you about the changes.  We look forward to this conversation with Marie and you!

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National Catholic Reporter:
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Irish Times:
America Magazine's Vatican journalist Gerald O'Connell and Colleen Dulle unpack the changes in this podcast.


Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at Noon ET
Sr. Christine Schenk, CSJ and the New Penal Code and Its Impact on Ordaining Women to the Diaconate

How will the newly revised Penal Code affect Women's Ordination to the Diaconate? 

When the Vatican announced the changes, journalist Cindy Wooden of Catholic News Service asked for a clarification regarding women's ordination during the news conference.  

The revised code also says, “Both a person who attempts to confer a sacred order on a woman, and the woman who attempts to receive the sacred order, incur a ‘latae sententiae’ (automatic) excommunication reserved to the Apostolic See; a cleric, moreover, may be punished by dismissal from the clerical state.”

Given that Pope Francis in April 2020 formed a second “Study Commission on the Female Diaconate,” Bishop Arrieta was asked why the revised canon did not specify priestly ordination, leaving open the possibility of ordaining women to the diaconate.

Canon law, he said, relies on the current state of the teaching of the church. “If we come to a different theological conclusion, we will modify the norm,” he said, just as was done in January when Pope Francis ordered a change in the wording of canon law so that women, as well as men, could be formally installed as lectors and acolytes.

Member of the First Commission to Study the Diaconate, Phyllis Zagano downplays the concerns raised by others.  As she notes in her most recent article, the Penal code is nothing new, and can be changed.  

America Magazine's journalist Gerald O'Connell and Colleen Dulle unpack the changes in this podcast.

Sr. Christine Schenk will take us through the changes and what we can expect, in terms of impact, on the issue of women in the diaconate.  Join us for an interesting discussion!   Complete the registration below to join!


Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 12 noon ET

Christian Weisner of We Are Church Germany on "The Resignation of Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Pope Francis's Decision to Keep Him on, and What it Means for the German Synod and Reform in the German Catholic Church.

When the shocking news that one of the most influencial prelates in the Catholic Church and one of Pope Francis's closest advisors,  Cardinal Reinhard Marx, offered his resignation as a way to take responsibility for the clergy sex abuse scandal that has crippled the church, many wondered why a man who had not been directly accused was taking such action.  

Chrisian Weisner has spent a lifetime working for reform in the Catholic Church.  He has served in a journalistic role during synods and kept Catholics informed about all aspects of renewal and reform in the Church in Germany.  Christian grew up in Germany in a Catholic family that was profoundly shaped by the Second Vatican Council. In Pope Francis, he sees an opportunity for that historic moment in the Church to be fully realized.  Finally, he has been deeply involved in the synodal movement in the German Catholic Church and knows well its potential for strengthening reform in the Church.  

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 12 Noon ET
National Catholic Reporter Christopher White Talks About the USCCB's Efforts to Exclude Select Catholic Polititians from the Eucharist

From the day our new Catholic president was elected in November 2020, there has been activity in the body of the U.S. Bishops to formulate a way to selectively exclude Joe Biden and possibly other prominent Catholic polititians from receiving the Eucharist.   Christopher White has tracked that activity and will talk with us about the current state of affairs.  Of course, we will be meeting after the bishops have their semi-annual gathering (via zoom) from July 16 - 18.  Join us as we discuss the bishops' efforts to "weaponize the Eucharist" and the response of the Pope and U.S. Catholics to those efforts.   

Christopher White is the national correspondent for NCR. He holds a master's degree in ethics and society from Fordham University and a bachelor's degree in politics, philosophy and economics from The King's College. He is the former director of Catholic Voices USA and his work has appeared in Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Forbes, New York Daily News, International Business Times, among many other print and online publications. He has regularly appeared on television and radio programs, including CNN, NPR, RTE and BBC. Follow him on Twitter: @CWWhite212.


What Catholic bishops are actually saying about denying Communion to politicians BY JACK JENKINSCLAIRE GIANGRAVEALEJANDRA MOLINARELIGION NEWS SERVICE  JUN 15, 2021
Who are the bishops pushing Communion-denial efforts? BY CHRISTOPHER WHITE  JUN 10, 2021

Editorial: Why we support the bishops' plan to deny Communion to Biden BY NCR EDITORIAL STAFF June 3, 2021

US bishops ignore Vatican letter on Communion in an astonishing way BY MICHAEL SEAN WINTERS  MAY 28, 2021

4 reasons behind the Vatican's action on Communion for pro-choice politicians BY THOMAS REESERELIGION NEWS SERVICE  MAY 27, 2021

Bishops' conference president explains how planned discussion on Eucharist was set BY DENNIS SADOWSKICATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE  MAY 26, 2021

Bishops denying Communion to Catholic politicians a 'distinctively American' approach BY CHRISTOPHER WHITE  MAY 24, 2021

Calls to deny Communion to Biden for abortion views prompt Catholic soul-searchingBY ALEJANDRA MOLINARELIGION NEWS SERVICE MAY 20, 2021

After Vatican warning, US bishops have limited options for planned text about Biden BY JOSHUA J. MCELWEE  MAY 17, 2021

Vatican throws wet blanket on U.S. bishops who want to deny Biden Communion BY MICHAEL SEAN WINTERS  MAY 11, 2021

Vatican prelate says individual bishops have final say on Communion BY CLAIRE GIANGRAVERELIGION NEWS SERVICE  MAY 7, 2021

Pelosi's archbishop calls for denying Eucharist to public figures who support abortion BY CHRISTOPHER WHITE  MAY 1, 2021

Villanova conference elevates calls for Biden to be denied Communion BY CHRISTOPHER WHITE  APR 27, 2021

Bishops' working group on Biden disbanded; doctrine committee to address Communion BY CHRISTOPHER WHITE  FEB 15, 2021

Bishops' working group on Biden operates in the shadows, excludes his local bishops BY CHRISTOPHER WHITE  JAN 29, 2021






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