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Issue: #34 November 2016

In this season of feasting on special holiday foods, we offer you food for thought on topics ranging from women deacons to religious freedom, and from LGBT history to transgender wholeness.

We seek your help.  What issues of conscience do you want addressed by CCCR and the Council of the Baptized?  What issues do you want to read more about?  

What do  you want to see the CCCR Board and the Council of the Baptized accomplish in the next three to five years?  We exist to give voice to your concerns of conscience.
Have you read the specific recommendations of the Pastoral Recommendations Project ?  Click on the blue link to read the full document:   Pastoral Recommendations Project .
Read on.  Reflect.  Collaborate.  Act.  Share.
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Open Forum: Healing Conflicts, Creating a Culture of Peace
How can we heal conflicts?  How can we create a culture of peace in our archdiocese?  Rev. Harry Bury, a retired priest, will address developing a workable attitude to enable changes in our archdiocese to transpire. He will draw upon his experience as a professor of systems management to discuss how assumptions about other human beings affect developing a workable attitude essential to effecting change.
Now we have an archbishop who is open to listening.  We need to discover the best manner to make our case for changes we want to see.
Please join us!
Date:    December 13, 2016  
Time:    7-8pm
Place:   Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
           700 Snelling Ave South
           St. Paul, 55116

A team of local lay Catholics is working on a paper advocating for the ordination of women in the Catholic Church.  The soon-to-be completed position paper will reflect on the research regarding the official position of the Catholic Church.  Why has the hierarchy denied Holy Orders to women?

In 2017, the position paper will be published by the Council of the Baptized.   Watch for details of an Open Forum on women's ordination, which will be held in the upcoming year.

Much work is being done around the world on the topic of women's ordination.  Check the Recommended Reading section for 
Joshua McElwee's article regarding the first meeting of the Study Commission on the Women's Diaconate, which was held in Rome from November 25-26.  So, watch the CCCR Newsletter in 2017 to learn when the Council of the Baptized position paper will be published, and when the Open Forum will be held.  Lend your ear to our work.  Give voice to your concerns of conscience.  Share your concerns with us at
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RRRecommended Reading  

Women deacons commission to meet in Rome for first time next week - by Joshua McElwee (National Catholic Reporter, November 19, 2016).

Lay preaching:  By whose authority?  - by Elissa Rinere, CP (Women Preach,  May/June 2006).

My neighbor is a Muslim:  Exploring the Muslim faith  - (Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, 2015).   

Legislators abroad unite for religious freedom  - Jackie Wolcott, and Sandra Jolley
(The Hill,
November 27, 2016
Catholic LGBT history:  30th anniversary of the "Ratzinger letter" - by Francis DeBernardo (New Ways Ministry's Bondings 2.0 blog, October 30, 2016). 
Letter to the bishops of the Catholic Church on the pastoral care of homosexual persons  - by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger  ( Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith, October 1, 1986 ).

The church must promote wholeness for transgender people- Rachelle Barina, Ron Hamel, Michael Panicola ( National Catholic Reporter, November 14, 2016).
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