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Issue: #19 August 2015

There are important updates and dates in this issue that offer you a variety of ways to take action for the health and wholeness of our local church. An easy way to start is to invite people you know to register in the Lay Network. There are over 1550 Lay Network members, from all parishes and all deaneries, but do the math - that's no where near the number of folks who love their church and want it to thrive in this archdiocese.  We want to keep growing to be ready to work with the new leadership, so encourage your friends and family to register at .

Good News! Archbishop Hebda Has Agreed to Meet with CCCR Representatives

Interim-Archbishop Hebda has responded to CCCR's request and agreed to meet with representatives from the group to discuss the need for an open and broad consultation process before the appointment of a new permanent archbishop.

Paula Ruddy, Art Stoeberl and Michael Bayly will meet with Archbishop Hebda on August 31.

An important message these three representatives will share is that for the people to get behind the new leadership, they have to be recognized as full stake-holders in the life of the Church. If we the people are consumers of hierarchical services, all we need is a good administrator, but if we are people with a Christian vision and mission, we need leadership and a voice in church policy and practice.
CCCR has offered to design and implement the consultation process, but our channels of communication are limited. We need the cooperation of Archbishops Hebda and Carlo Maria Viganò, the Papal Nuncio to the U.S.

You may recall that as well as reaching out to Archbishop Hebda, CCCR has written to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò
to offer assistance and asking his support of an open process with broad consultation. Your correspondence to the papal nuncio is also extremely important in this process. You can contact him at: 
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò
Papal Nuncio to the U.S.
3339 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008-3687
Local Catholic Share Their Thoughts on the Qualities They Would Like to See in Our Next Archbishop

For too long, our archdiocese has suffered from a "small tent" mentality. An atmosphere of exclusion has alienated large numbers of Catholic who experience their faith in ways different from the archbishop. This has created polarization and caused a fragmented and divided local Church.

Our new archbishop must be someone who welcomes all Catholics. He must create forums whereby he can dialog with and listen to Catholics with diverse lived experiences. He must be a bridge builder who leads our local Church into an atmosphere of diverse conversations, loving inclusion, and Christ-like welcome. Our next archbishop must create a tent large enough for all!

- Mary Beth Stein

I think we'd all be looking for someone from our region that knows the people and their outlook.

I would want someone willing to talk to their own staff, interact with both ordained and lay people, and have open forums throughout the diocese from time to time so they would always have their finger on the pulse of the community.

Someone willing to be open about structure, budget items, costs, income, and expenditures of the diocese.

Someone aware that the ordained are not above the people, but were ordained to serve the people.

Someone willing to make the changes and adjustments necessary to see that abuse is never again ignored

Someone willing to agree with the pope that we are not called to judge people, that God can handle that all alone.

- Frank Meuers

Most importantly, I think, is someone who has a welcoming attitude to all Catholics as well as the greater community. Someone who recognizes that many of the faithful have been hurt, disenfranchised, condemned, and turned away from the Church they love. Someone who embraces all, recognizes the beauty and value of diversity, and listens carefully and respectfully. And someone who has the intellect and courage to lead us (at both the local level as well as within the world Church) to a Church more fully embracing of gospel values for all God's people.

- Kathy Andrus

To read more comments AND to share your own thoughts on the qualities you would like to see in our next archbishop, visit The Progressive Catholic Voice online forum, here.
SAVE THE DATE: September 11, 2015

Praying for a Church for All Families:
11th Day of Prayer in Honor of Pope Francis' Visit to the U.S.
Join us as pray for a church where all families are welcome. Fr. Pat Griffin will offer a reflection on church as defined not by what we stand for but rather by whom we stand with.

Intersessions will be offered by representative families on the margins. Music will include "For All the Children" by David Lohman and "Hold On" by Michael Joncas. Lemonade  and cookies will be served on the patio after the prayer service.
When: Friday, Sept. 11, 6:30pm 
Where: Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel - Carondelet Center, 1884 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. 
Note: This event is free but non-perishable food items will be collected in the chapel lobby for SafeZone, a St. Paul drop-in center for teens experiencing homelessness or high mobility.

Co-sponsored by Call to Action-MN; Catholic Coalition for Church Reform, Dignity/Twin Cities, and the Sisters of St. Joseph Justice Commission and Consociates.
For more information, contact Art Stoeberl to or 651-278-6630.

Please Pray . . .

As we hold the victims of clergy sexual abuse in our prayers and ask for their healing, let us also remember, in the spirit of Christ, to include Archbishop Nienstedt and Bishop Piché and the clergy sex-abusers, all of whom are God's people and can benefit from our prayers.

Flash Points

* The 2015-2016 strategic focus of CCCR and the Council of the Baptized is two-pronged: empowering the laity to claim a meaningful role in Church and evolving our relationship with the Archdiocese.
* Catholic Church Reform International (CCCRI) has two initiatives that our local church can actively support. These are efforts to give voice to the concerns of lay people from all around the world. Your participation is encouraged!

The first is a powerful position paper that has been published and which summarizes the data gathered worldwide from the CCRI survey on sexuality, marriage and family. This position paper can be viewed here.
The second CCRI initiative is a website called The People Speak Out, which is gathering stories from Catholics around the world regarding issues of sexuality, marriage and family. Please visit this webpage and share your story. You can choose from a variety of categories. While there, take time to read the stories posted by others. You can visit this webpage by clicking here.

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Think, pray, speak and take action.