Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Showdown in Detroit

From today's Detroit Free Press: "The Archdiocese of Detroit is warning Catholics in metro Detroit — including priests and ministers — to stay away from a national conference of liberal Catholics to be held in Detroit next year. And Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron is calling upon organizers of the conference to cancel their plans, saying they are in opposition to the Catholic faith...The American Catholic Council, which calls for church reforms and greater openness, is set to hold a national gathering in June 2011 featuring progressive Catholic leaders near the 35th anniversary of the ‘Call to Action,’ a Detroit gathering in 1976 that urged reform and was held by the late Cardinal John Dearden of Detroit..."

In a statement published on the Archdiocesan website, Msgr. Vigneron says:

"...The American Catholic Council movement and its national gathering are not conducted under the auspices of the Detroit archdiocese, the universal Roman Catholic Church, or any entity or organization affiliated with the archdiocese or the universal Roman Catholic Church...

...The Archdiocese of Detroit cautions any Catholic against participating in the American Catholic Council local listening sessions and national gathering in June 2011. Catholic parishes, schools, and institutions are not to host any meetings, gatherings, or "listening sessions" associated with the planning of the June 2011 American Catholic Council. Priests, deacons, and ecclesial lay ministers will want to avoid lending support to such a misguided effort. On behalf of the archdiocese, Archbishop Vigneron has asked the organizers to cancel their plans for this national gathering that distorts the true Spirit of Vatican II..."

The American Catholic Council is an umbrella church reform organization that was created last year "bringing together a network of individuals, organizations, and communities to consider the state and future of our Church...We seek personal conversion to renew our Church to conform to the authentic Gospel message, the teachings of our Church, and our lived context in the United States." Some of the participating groups include Voices of the Faithful, CORPUS, Future Church, Call to Action, DignityUSA, and the Women's Ordination Conference.

As far as using the Archdiocesan facilities is concerned, I don't think the Archbishop needs to worry. According to ACC's registration form, the group has booked space in the Detroit Convention Center and the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center for their June 10-12, 2011 gathering. The cost of the conference is $260, with discounts available for early registration. Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more and scholarships are available for men and women religious and other persons with limited resources.

We'll bring you more information -- program, speakers, etc. -- as it becomes available...

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like the Chinese big wigs, warning Norway not to give the Peace Price to Liu Xiaobo or else. J.