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Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are aware of the need for healing in the aftermath of the sex abuse revelations in our local church, but who will take the initiative to make that happen?  Who are we waiting for?
Join us Tuesday, December 8: Council of the Baptized Open Forum to discuss taking the initiative.
Ken Pierre, retired priest of the Archdiocese and psychologist, will lead the Open Forum discussion "A Path to Archdiocesan Recovery." What is needed to help our Archdiocese recover beyond bankruptcy? This involves all the People of God, not just the hierarchy.
"We must reconstruct our life as Church now in order to recover."
Ken suggests some underlying problems among the causes of sex abuse in our Church: clericalism, chauvinism, and mandatory celibacy. Help us brainstorm pathways to recovery and creation of a healthier, vibrant local Church!
Read Ken's Working Paper here.
Council of the Baptized holds its meetngs at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave So, St. Paul, 55116. 7-8:00 PM..
CCCR's action plan: As we reported in the November newsletter, Archbishop Hebda had positive things to say about the Listening Sessions he initiated. The papal nuncio's delegate commented that this amount of lay participation is not the norm. Our question:  Why isn't it the norm?
We appreciate the Archbishop's first step in listening to the people, but we cannot stop working for full lay participation in the Church's life. When we receive our next Archbishop, we will be in communication with him to make this Archdiocese a sign of the reign of God.  We count on your backing. 
In the meantime, we are asking to meet with some of the Archdiocesan department heads to offer collaboration in creating a unified and well-functioning local church. In upcoming Lay Network Updates we will report to you how those meetings went and what actions we can all take to build the community. If you have any suggestions you want us to make, let us know by email to
Another opportunity for discussion this week: Wednesday, December 9: the Sisters of St. Joseph and Consociates invite us to consider Where does the Synod on the Family lead? Get the scoop from Deborah Rose-Milavec, Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at an afternoon or an evening session-1-3 pm or 6:30-8:30 pm, Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave., St Paul.
Executive Director of FutureChurch, Rose-Milavec, experienced the Synod on the Family firsthand, its snail's pace, its openness toward conscience, its movers and their resisters, its impasses and breakthroughs.  The Synod on the Family ended October 25 after three weeks of dialogue among bishops.  Rose-Milavec reported events for FutureChurch as a daily blogger and interviewed participating bishops.
Rose-Milavec sees with the eyes of a mother of five, a grandmother of eleven, and a lifelong Catholic activist.  She has chaired her parish council, directed religious education, worked in peace initiatives.  She has a BA in International Studies and an MA in Theology and lives in Cleveland."
Looking forward to January:: Mark your calendar to join the Council of the Baptized's Open Forum exploring the questions around ordaining women as Catholic priests... January 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave So, in St. Paul.

In Joyful Hope, the CCCR Board and Council of the Baptized