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Issue: #30 July 2016

We have much to reflect upon this month... 

We lost an ardent advocate for the church reform issues CCCR was created to address.  On July 9, 2016, Father Mike Tegeder died peacefully in his sleep.

Read on, learn more, and be involved. . . 
Celebrating Mike Tegeder 1948-2016
Archbishop Bernard Hebda celebrated a joyous funeral Mass honoring Father Mike Tegeder at St. Edward's on July 20.  Just a few hours after meeting with the press regarding the dismissal of criminal charges against the Archdiocese, Archbishop Hebda spoke of Mike as a "pebble in our shoe", reminding us to stand up for what is just.

Mike Tegeder was a true friend of and to CCCR.  His support was unwavering.  When the Archdiocese disavowed itself of the organization, Mike was undeterred.  Mike advocated for and acted upon issues that needed his unapologetic affirmation, such as lay preaching, financial accountability of the Archdiocese to its parishioners, and inclusive worship to name a few.
In the February 14 Cabrini bulletin, Father Mike shared reflections on his impending death, when he said, "We are not just dust, but, we are stardust.  We are all connected and will always be connected.  We are on a blessed journey, headed in the same direction; some of us will get there sooner than others.  In God's time, it is all the same."
CCCR and the Council of the Baptized shall go forward strengthened in our work inspired by your spirit and dedication.  Thank you for blessing our journey, Mike Tegeder. 
CCCR and COB News

T he CCCR sent a letter to Archbishop Hebda, encouraging him to speak out in response to Orlando.  You may find the statement CCCR issued regarding Orlando in our June 2016 CCCR Newsletter at CCCR Newsletter.
No Open Forum or CoB Meeting was held in July.  The Council of the Baptized took time to recharge our batteries for the many projects that will need our attention and care in coming months.  

Upcoming Open Forum:  What do our kids learn about sex? Where do our kids learn about sex? 
Join the Council of the Baptized Open Forum as our presenter, Diane Sineps, explores problems in our current programs of sex education, and the resulting challenges for Catholic parents of school-age children.  She will discuss a new program entitled, "Be an Askable Parent," which includes principles of sexual ethics that may be helpful in communicating information to our kids in today's culture.   How helpful?  Come give your ideas and hear what others are thinking and doing about this situation.

Join us:
Date:   Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016
Time:   7-8 PM
Place:  Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
           700 S. Snelling Avenue, St. Paul, MN
In Our Archdiocese
The Pioneer Press, the  StarTribune, and the Catholic Spirit all reported the dismissal of criminal charges regarding sexual abuse filed against the Archdiocese. The Pioneer Press article may be found at  Pioneer PressThe StarTribune article may be found at StarTribune.
Just hours before celebrating the life of Mike Tegeder, Archbishop Bernard Hebda addressed the dismissal of the criminal charges against the Archdiocese.  His formal statement may be found at  The Catholic Spirit.  The entire 20-minute news conference of Hebda may be found at KSTP.
CCCR will continue to monitor the emerging developments as the safeguards are implemented and oversight by Ramsey County continues.
The Catholic Spirit 
T he recent death of Father Mike Tegeder, and the dropping of criminal charges against the Archdiocese highlights the need to find the basic facts quickly.  T he Catholic Spirit, the  twice-monthly  official archdiocesan publication,  is the source for the archdiocesan news .  

To subscribe to the print version, go to Catholic Spirit.  To subscribe to the digital version, go to  Catholic Spirit .  
Be assured, you may always find the Catholic Spirit  link to the digital version enclosed in each issue of the CCCR Newsletter in the  Reference Links section.  
CoB Position Papers
CCCR created a deliberative body--the Council of the Baptized--to give voice to voiceless Catholics within the Archdiocese.   S ince its first meeting in 2012, the CoB has published five position papers.  You may download the papers at the following links:

Print copies of the above papers also may be obtained by contacting  with your name, address, and the publication you want.

The Council of the Baptized welcomes anyone interested in a particular church reform issue of interest to come to a Council of the Baptized meeting to learn more and become involved. Meet many individuals committed to bringing about needed change.  You will leave a changed person--changed for the better.
Recommended Reading  

Hatred of 'the other' is undermining our sense of community  -  Claire Lesegretain  (Global Pulse, July 21, 2016 ).

Keeping Pope Francis' comments on the L.G.B.T. community in context   - James Martin, S.J. (America , June 27, 2016).

What can words do? - Paddy Gilger, SJ, and Matt Spotts, SJ,  The Jesuit Post,  July 9, 2016).
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Empower laity to claim a meaningful role in the Church
Evolve our relationship with the Archdiocese
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 while maintaining our integrity as an organization.