In This Issue:

VATICAN II, GAUDIUM ET SPES, FRANCIS AND MERCY
by David Timbs
The modern church has been a series of contradictions between the vision emanating from the Second Vatican Council and the conservative hierarchical control of free and open dialogue. The voice of Pope Francis has brought new affirmation of the Council’s views. Timbs notes that in Laudato Si’, the pope outlines a renewed claim for the church to refocus itself to care for “the entire human and natural environment.” Read more.
PLATO AND JESUS: A DIALOGUE OF INFLUENCES
by Rev. James V. Carr
Christianity has influenced many schools of Platonism thought and many thinkers have shown the influence of Platonism on Christianity. James Carr traces the intersections where this dialogue of influences occurred. He notes the ways in which Augustine’s theology helped shape the merging of Platonism and Christian thought. Many of the theological issues in our day, according to Carr, “will find some voice in the teachings of Plato and Jesus and the centuries of their disciples.”Read more.
WHAT A POWERFUL TEACHING
by John Quinn
The author contends that the liturgy is a great teacher; however the lessons learned are antithetical to those taught by Jesus. James Quinn looks to the early gatherings, in private homes, that gave thanks and remembered what Jesus taught. The exclusion of women, married priests, and lackluster “celebrations” are among what Quinn laments as “powerful teaching.” Read more.
CLERICALISM AND SOCIOPATHY
by Patrick B. Edgar
In the early church, deacons and priests were chosen from the local groups to serve and care for the people. Patrick Edgar traces centuries of change that bred a system of clerical control over the laity. He notes that “the leadership should act as partner in the journey of faith;” but the reality in today’s church has become a path to power.Read more.
THE JUBILEE FOR WOMEN PRIESTS
by Kate McElwee
Fresh from a worldwide gathering in Rome, the Co-Executive Director of the Women’s Ordination Conference writes of this historic event. Scheduled intentionally to coincide with the Vatican’s Jubilee for Priests, McElwee saw the Jubilee for Women Priests as a call for dialogue on ordained ministries in the Catholic Church. Read more.
THE HOLY OUTLAW
by Renée K. Gadoua
Many have eulogized the Jesuit activist, Dan Berrigan, who died in April of this year. Writer Renée Gadoua grew up in the Berrigan’s home-town of Syracuse, N.Y. She first met Dan when she was a student at Le Moyne College where he had taught for several years prior to his anti-war protests. Her remembrances of Dan and his brothers are poignant reminders of a mission of peace, still to be realized. Read more.

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Archive of Previous Issues
……….Volume 1, Issue 1, April 2014
……….Volume 1, Issue 2, July 2014
……….Volume 1, Issue 3, October 2014
……….Volume 1, Issue 4, January 2015
……….Volume 2, Issue 1, April 2015
……….Volume 2, Issue 2, July 2015
……….Volume 2, Issue 3, October 2015
……….Volume 2, Issue 4, January 2016
……….Volume 3, Issue 1, April 2016