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To: Antoninus
Here is some information on...

Call to Action

Website: http://www.cta-usa.org/

Email address: cta@cta-usa.org

Physical Address:

Call To Action
2135 W. Roscoe 1N
Chicago, IL 60618 [In Cardinal Bernadin's old stomping ground??]
Phone: 773-404-0004
Fax:  773-404-1610

And here's some data from their web site about their "mission"...

Rooted in Church Teaching [Ha, ha, that's a good one!]

Call To Action is an organization of Catholics based on the teaching of the universal church in the second half of the 20th Century. It is a response to the challenge of the Second Vatican Council, held between 1962 and 1965, for all members to "scrutinize the signs of the times" and respond in the light of the gospel. The council provided a wake-up call for lay Catholics who had tended to defer initiatives entirely to the clergy.

Then in 1971 Pope Paul VI emphasized that it is the laity who have received the primary "Call To Action" to create a more just world. That same year the international synod of the bishops issued an unusually brief and clear document. It declared that "action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world appears to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the gospel." And, cautioned the synod, "The church recognizes that anyone who ventures to speak to people about justice must first be just in their eyes; hence, we must undertake an examination of the modes of action, of the possessions, and of the lifestyle found within the church itself."

The 1976 Detroit Call To Action

Following up on this mandate, the U.S. bishops on their return home from the synod launched a creative consultation process . Over 800,000 Catholics testified during two years of hearings, which culminated in the U.S. bishops' Call To Action Conference in Detroit in 1976, held in conjunction with the American Bicentennial. More than 100 bishops were among the 1,340 voting delegates and the 1,500 observers. At the end of three momentous days of discussion and debate, the assembly declared the church must stand up to the chronic racism, sexism, militarism and poverty in modern society. And to do so in a credible way the church must reevaluate its positions on issues like celibacy for priests, the male-only clergy, homosexuality, birth control, and the involvement of every level of the church in important decisions. The Detroit conference recommended that each diocese take the recommendations home and act upon them.

Well, that should tell you all you need to know about these creeps. In another post, I'll give some details about who their leaders are...
2 posted on 05/30/2002 11:13:39 AM PDT by Antoninus
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To: Antoninus
bump to end their call. Vs wife.
4 posted on 05/30/2002 11:15:20 AM PDT by ventana
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To: Antoninus
Call to Action is a ridiculous bunch of aging liberals trotting out the usual predictable nonsense. Most of them are in their sixties, at least, and I'll wager that there aren't a whole lot of younger members beating down the doors. The future isn't on their side, and they know it - after all, it's the conservative seminaries and religious orders that are getting vocations, not their First Church of the Gay Liberal.

It should be pointed out that it was precisely their ideas that brought this situation about in the first place. Had the clergy been genuninely celibate and obedient in to the Church in faith and morals, none of this would have happened.

8 posted on 05/30/2002 11:38:14 AM PDT by livius
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To: Antoninus
Also from the Call to Action web site...

"...CTA News contains fuller analysis and readers' views on church and social justice matters. Spirituality /Justice Reprint shares inspiration from present-day prophets such as Sr. Joan Chittister, Archbishop Rembert Weakland, Charles Curran and Rosemary Ruether. Taking advantage of developing communications technology, CTA established a web site during 1995 at http://call-to-action.org."

In case you didn't know, Call to Action's "present day prophets" are...

Sr. Joan Chittister - Joanie-One-Note goes around the country, the world, and basically anyone who will listen evangelizing the Gospel of priestesses. She has openly defied Vatican orders to cease.

Ex-Archbishop Rembert Weakland - Well, most of you know about this guy, who BlackElk not-so-delicately nicknamed 'Rectalbert'. If he remembers how to say the Hail, Mary, it would be a big suprise, honestly.

"Father" Charles Curran - Deemed the #1 dissenter in the Catholic Church in the US, "Father" Curran is a rebel against Humanae Vitae who the Vatican stripped of the title "theologian." Here's a good article on him.

Rosemary Ruether - A world class 'femniac' and Hans Kung suck-up who denies papal infallibility, supports "Dignity" (the Gays are OK group condemned by the Church), and just about any other wacky left-wing, anti-Vatican cause you can think of. She's also the Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. [Amazing how these creeps end up in high places, isn't it?]
9 posted on 05/30/2002 11:43:29 AM PDT by Antoninus
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Liberal Catholic Group Speaks Out

By RICHARD N. OSTLING
AP Religion Writer

A liberal Roman Catholic group on Wednesday came out against the adoption of a "zero tolerance" policy toward child-molesting priests, saying those who commit misdemeanors may deserve a second chance.

Call to Action, an organization that claims 25,000 members in 40 chapters, mailed its recommendations May 15 to America's bishops, who are scheduled to meet in mid-June to set new policies on sexual abuse by priests. Disagreement over "zero tolerance" is expected at the meeting.

Church critics and many victims' advocates have demanded expulsion for any priest guilty of molestation, with no second chance allowed.

The Chicago-based group agreed that those convicted of felonies should be automatically defrocked, but said some discretion is needed for priests who commit lesser offenses.

"Zero tolerance policies are generally revised after ridiculous outcomes, such as expelling a second-grader who brings a plastic knife to school," said Linda Pieczynski, a Call to Action spokeswoman and former Illinois prosecutor.

"Distinguishing the seriousness of an offense based on whether it is a felony or misdemeanor is an objective standard that has worked well in the legal system for over 200 years."

The group also said the bishops' new policy should include prompt reporting of allegations to police; immediate suspension of accused priests; independent review boards in each diocese and a national review board; and public disclosure of the names of all perpetrators past and present.

With sexual misdemeanors, it said, a priest should serve any criminal sentence and undergo therapy, after which an independent church review board would decide whether he should be reassigned to active ministry. If the priest were reassigned, the church would publicize his past offenses.

David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said his organization believes that "if someone molests a child even once, they shouldn't be a priest."

16 posted on 05/30/2002 12:33:02 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: Antoninus
And here is some information on...

Catholics for a Free Choice

Website: http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/indexengflash.htm

Email address: cffc@catholicsforchoice.org

Physical Address:

Catholics for a Free Choice
1436 U Street NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20009-3997 USA
Office: +1 (202) 986-6093
Fax: +1 (202) 332-7995

Key Personnel: Frances Kissling

These people have a very slick, professionally designed web site - the hallmark of a group with money to burn. I wonder where exactly they get their funding? Their web site is built to funnel the media to their op-ed pieces and soundbites. It's worth taking a look at the site if only to get an idea how real Catholic sites could better target the news media and disseminate true Catholic teaching.

Here are some quotes from an interview with Ms. Kissling, the head heretic at CfFC. It may be found on their web site here

Q: Let's start at the very beginning. How did Catholics for a Free Choice begin? What was the impetus for this kind of organization?

Kissling: Three New York women -- Joan Harriman, Patricia Fogarty McQuillan, and Meta Mulcahy, who had been colleagues in the National Organization for Women -- chartered CFFC in 1973, the year of the US Supreme Court's Roe decision.

At the time, little if any active dissent movement existed in the church. The impression was widespread that Catholics followed the bishops unquestioningly. Catholics were still generally perceived as working class, from large families, and as not practicing contraception. This impression was strengthened when the bishops suddenly emerged as the principal opposition to legal abortion in the wake of Roe.

These three women--CFFC's founders--recognized the importance of organized opposition to the hierarchy's campaign. They were motivated by the simple conviction that the bishops did not represent the Catholic people on reproductive rights issues, including abortion. They knew that Catholic women had abortions and that Catholic women and men supported legal access to abortion. Their task was to get that message out to the public.

78 posted on 05/31/2002 10:42:22 AM PDT by Antoninus
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