ACTION ITEM BELOW!
Some people in my native place, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, have in their bizzaro-world imaginations dreamed up a project to nominate the next Archbishop.
Yes, the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform, all four of them, have been busy.
To get an idea of what these folks are about, look at the links on their side bar:
- Council of the Baptized
- Progressive Catholic Voice
- Catholics for Marriage Equality MN
- American Catholic Council
- Call to Action MN
- Call to Action US
- Roman Catholic Womenpriests
- Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community
I think you get the idea.
For some real fun, scroll down a bit and read their “Toward an Expanding Lay Spirituality for the 21st Century”. Whew!
Excerpt (with my emphases and comment):
The conditions on this planet earth are just right for molecules of matter to combine energies to form living cells, and they combined to form organisms, which combined to form ever more complex organisms in billions of species. And then, one species of very complex organisms, walking upright, with a cranium large enough to house an expanded brain, became conscious of itself as experiencing the world. The universe became conscious of itself and saw that it was good. [Nah, that's not weird.]
The evolutionary pattern is that new being emerges from the combined energies of already existing being; for example, hydrogen and oxygen combine and there is water. Looking back at that pattern of new creation emerging, from sub-atomic particles to atoms, then molecules, then cells, we can see that humans too have combined conscious energy to create cultural forms to produce new consciousness. They created increasingly complex or nuanced systems to live in community–governments, economic systems, educational systems—and complex systems to create meaning—religions, art, literature, music, dance. They have become co-creators of the evolving universe that now includes the culture of the species that has covered the face of the earth.
CCCR wants to explore how the above creation story can reveal Jesus’s message of God’s love for the world.
Now for the ACTION ITEM!
If you want to help them nominate a priest to become the next Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis… my native place, I’m just sayin’… they have an online form HERE.
I’m not saying that you should nominate anyone in particular but… well… it is my native place, after all… I’m just concerned for their welfare.