St. Anthony Catholic Church
Davenport, Iowa
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Was Jesus Liberal or Conservative?
by John Cooper
There's wisdom in what the late Cardinal Francis George said in the caption above, "The liberal/conservative thing...is destructive of the Church's mission and her life...for us, the category that matters is true and false." The God of truth is the creator of all ways of thinking and acting (both liberal and conservative). Consider this, Jesus' life, death, and resurrection is the perfect representation of living a fully integrated conservative and liberal search for salvation.

A definition of conservative is " holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change." In the Gospels we hear Jesus say, "Don't suppose I came to do away with the Law and the Prophets. I did not come to do away with them, but to give them their full meaning."

A definition of liberal is being open to change in attitudes and values. In the Gospels, Jesus breaks from expected religious behavior by healing on the sabbath. Jesus says, "Which one of you will have a son or an ox fall into a well, and will not immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day?'

For me, Jesus death and resurrection represents the ultimate act of being open to change while simultaneously conserving. Jesus came into the world to both change and save (conserve) humanity. On the cross with outstretched arms, Jesus embraces the change that his dying will bring about. In his rising from the dead, Jesus redeems (conserves) the human race by opening the gates of eternal life.

Jesus gives us the perfect example of how human beings can integrate both conservative and liberal thinking and actions for the good of the Church that he established. In the days ahead as the Church is challenged, let's be guided to the truth by the Holy Spirit rather than hunkering down into conservative and liberal camps and waging war on each other. Truth has a difficult time emerging from such a close-minded struggle. How do we do this as a Church? We each lead with love, respect, and hope rather than hate, distrust, and despair!
PARISH PICNIC
SUNDAY
AT DUCK CREEK PARK
Join Your Parish Family for an afternoon of Fun, Food, and Games following the 11:30 a.m. Mass!
Adoration and Divine Mercy Chaplet for Our Church
TONIGHT at 7 p.m.
For a Special Time of Prayer for the Church!
Vision 20/20 Pentecost to Pentecost Needs YOU!

As part of Vision 20/20 Pentecost to Pentecost, Bishop Zinkula has asked us to familiarize ourselves with Pope Francis' letter The Joy of the Gospel . A short video about Francis' letter will be shown immediately following all Masses next weekend. Please stop by the Parish Center for chips and salsa after the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday and for coffee and donuts after the Sunday morning Masses.    
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) BEGINS SEPTEMBER 18
When's the Last Time You Invited Someone to Become Catholic?
Yesterday
6 months ago
Last Year
It's been a long time.
Honestly, I've never asked someone to become Catholic?
What's Stopping You from Inviting Someone to St. Anthony's Inquiry Session on September 18?
I just don't feel comfortable asking someone.
I'm just not "on fire" with my own Catholic faith to invite someone.
I don't know enough about what's involved in becoming Catholic.
I don't know anyone to invite.
Nothing, I'm planning on inviting someone to the September 18th inquiry session!
McAnthony Window Volunteers
Ministry of Presence
Cooking and Serving
Encouraging
Being Present