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Rules and Tools for Radical Pastors #12: Forum without a Defense

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Our time is highly limited this week, but you have to see what is being said about Catholic teaching here in Rappahannock County. In his piece Skirting the Edge – Polite Disagreement in Rappahannock Jed Duvall puts it out there for all of us to see. The world, even the micro-world of Rappahannock County, does not approve of Catholic teaching on families and contraception.

This was a tough one. Organizers labeled it “challenging.” The third in a “Conversation” inspired by Pope Francis’ concerns for the environment and for poor people drew thirty-nine folks to the Washington, Va fire hall on Sunday, April 10, 2016.

The group was given paragraph number fifty from the encyclical “Care for Our Common Home.” What makes this discussion challenging is that the subject is, without using the phrase, birth control, and the church’s highly controversial stand against it.

Pope Francis, in his concern for the poor, writes that “to blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism…is one way of refusing to face the issues.” (The complete paragraph and handout is available here.)

Nobody threw it in Francis’ face; people in Rappahannock are too polite for that. But it was offered in some of the discussion that “the thought adopted by this group is that we are the enablers of our consumption addiction, and the church needs to do more to support contraception and smaller families.”

Sheep of Kephas, read this article in its entirety. Read it slowly. Our Radical Pastor organized this series of meetings. This article makes that point clear. Our Radical Pastor has opened up the dialog among the wolves and the wolves say, “…the church needs to do more to support contraception and smaller families.”

This series of a meetings is a forum without a defense. There is no way an orthodox Catholic believer can counter what has been said.

The wolves have been alerted to our weakness, and the wolves are hungry.

Remember as you read – this is Good Shepherd Sunday.

 

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