Skip to comments.How a radical new Catholic movement was born (brace yourselves for "Occupy Catholics")
Posted on 07/10/2012 1:42:31 PM PDT by NYer
The protestors' initiative that recently made headlines with "occupations" in Wall Street and other major cities has spawned the Occupy Catholics movement.
“We are the 99%, made in God’s image, seeking God’s justice.”
So declares the Facebook page for Occupy Catholics, one of the latest additions to the pantheon of Catholic church justice movements. But rather than emerging out of Vatican II or in direct response to a particular crisis within the institutional church, Occupy Catholics might be the first progressive Catholic group to grow directly out of a popular movement.
“The idea was to find ways for Catholics to support the Occupy movement and to think together about challenges the movement poses to our church,” said Nathan Schneider, one of the group’s founders.
It’s also one of the first church justice groups to be created in part by members of the Millennial generation. And it shows: Occupy Catholics has no offices, positions or leadership structure. It’s an organization that reflects the value the Millennial generation places on autonomy and collaboration, as well as their mistrust of authority.
“We’re just people who work together, and pray together, to do stuff,” Schneider, 27, said.
Interestingly, it was a protest against an Episcopal church, not a Catholic church, that first brought the founding members of Occupy Catholics together.
After Occupy Wall Street was aggressively evicted from Zuccotti Park in New York City, Occupiers hoped to set up camp in Duarte Square, an empty lot they found in lower Manhattan. The space seemed promising because it is owned by Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal congregation that often runs large conferences on topics related to social change. (Their upcoming conference will be headlined by Sr. Joan Chittister and Fr. Richard Rohr.)
Up until this point, Trinity, one of the largest landowners in the city, had been giving Occupiers small meeting spaces. They drew the line on allowing a large encampment in Duarte Square, however, because the church believed that would be breaking the law.
Occupy Wall Street organized a protest against Trinity at Duarte Square. Among those gearing up to occupy the new space were Sr. Susan Wilcox, a Sister of St. Joseph of Brentwood, N.Y., and Fr. Paul Mayer, a former Benedictine priest.
Schneider, a writer and editor for the web publications Waging Nonviolence and Killing the Buddha, was on site to cover the protest as a journalist.
The three Catholics struck up a conversation.
“We were all people who have been interested in the Occupy movement, but also experienced the movement as something that resonated with our Catholic faith,” Wilcox said.
Full Story: Occupy Catholics seeks to make tradition relevant to a new movement
Source: National Catholic Reporter
Just what we need ... another group of radical, left-wing, progressive catholics.
I’m Catholic and anyone who joins these idiots isn’t Catholic.
IBCB. (in before the Catholic bashing).
The lay staff at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are mostly in sympathy with these loons and their social justice marxism.
Paul Mayer is laicized. He is not authorized to represent himself as a priest in good standing, because he quite officially is not.
I believe to many generations of not taking a stand have passed us by.
My daughter knows a girl who joined OWS. After months of sleeping around the encampment she turned up pregnant and had it aborted. THAT is what these “Catholics” are embracing.
I like your grandma ... she is absolutely right!
I don’t see BXVI being amused by this.
Sometimes you can tell a book by its cover.
How a radical new
Catholic CINO movement was born (brace yourselves for "Occupy Catholics")
I hope they show up somewhere near me with their 99% signs, I’ll stop by and with a huge pro-life banner and I’m not even catholic.
This reeks of atheist George Soros money.
I noted that this scoundrels seem to be a spin off of Catholics United. Other Soros funded fakes:
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)
Catholics for a Free Choice
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
Faith in Public Life
“A picture is worth a thousand words”
Notice not one of the sisters in the second pic was wearing their habits?
Things that make you go hhhhmmmmm.
Hey I’ll come with you wearing my Habit and I am not even a nun! (cool, but realistic Halloween costume)
That should bother their conscience. If they have one.
Also; Mother Teresa was about saving people. The Wiccan lesbian new age nuns in that picture were about saving wetlands.
Excommunication is the least of what is required.
And fellow travellers...