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AFFIRMING AN INCLUSIVE PRIESTHOOD, ROOTED IN A REFORMED AND RENEWED CHURCH

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A message from CORPUS' Co-Chairpersons

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We are writing to inform you that our three year term, as Co-Chairs of CORPUS, expires on December 31, 2018. After prayerful deliberation, we have chosen not to run for re-election. We are appealing to you, our members, to run for office or to nominate candidates to fill the position of Chairperson so that the work of the past three years can continue to grow.

In the last three years, we have

Completed a Survey of our members
Established a Planning Committee to develop a Three-Year Plan.
Set up an enhanced communication system with Constant Contact, a new digital CORPUS REPORTS, and working closely with e-Corpus.
Consolidated all Finances under CORPUS control.
Filled the position of TREASURER.
Hired a new Bookkeeper.
Appointed a new EDITOR of CORPUS REPORTS.
Coordinated monthly meetings of the CORPUS EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, via Conference Calls.
Reached out to collaborate with other Reform Groups such as, Federation of Christian Ministries ( FCM), Association of ROMAN CATHOLIC WOMEN PRIESTS (ARCWP), and FUTURE CHURCH.
Collected all CORPUS Records from Texas and Wisconsin, seven large boxes with 40 years of history in them. We are sorting through each box and saving all important documents.

All old, non-essential records will be shredded. We are down to the last box.

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Inner Circle

The need to belong to the inner circles can be found in all age groups, cultures, religions, nationalities, races and in both genders. It can be the source of peer-pressure, bullying, partisanship and polarization. And it can lead to the self-inflicted wound of blinding oneself to the larger picture, the broader outlook, the more hopeful vision... As followers of Christ, we are in a “process of becoming" and for us there should be no such thing as the "inner circle."

A CALL TO ACTION BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF CORPUS

A CALL TO ACTION BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF CORPUS August 31, 2018


As did Rachel (Jer. 31:15), the People of God weep for the children and cannot be comforted by words. Pope Francis’ recent expression of shame and sorrow over sexual abuse committed or countenanced by bishops, priests and religious is welcome and necessary, but very far from sufficient.
CORPUS joins with all who demand a change in behavior in the Catholic Church, so that:
1. victims of sexual abuse and their families at long last be treated with justice and compassion, and given support – without cost to them for as long as needed, regardless of when the offences occurred;
2. in each diocese there be standing committees, led by qualified lay people, to ensure that all credible allegations of sexual offences – whether of commission or omission - are reported, investigated and prosecuted according to the requirements of civil law and authority; and,
3. credible suspicion of abuse results in suspension from ministry during the investigation, and proven violation of the law results in permanent removal from Church ministry.
Along with these changes in behavior, Corpus calls for a radical change in thinking to heal the Church from its cancer of clerical sexual abuse. Institutional clericalism allowed systemic abuse to exist. It must die so that a reformed Church can be born: the death of the grain bears much fruit (John. 12:24).
Actions must be taken now. Words alone will not eliminate wolves who enter the sheepfold or remove the millstone now weighing down the Church. CORPUS, sensing the pain of the victims of sexual abuse and echoing cries of the people, demands that Church leadership ensure all necessary action be taken. CORPUS stands ready to assist.


John and Maureen Sheehan (Co-Chairpersons)
Gloria Durka / Paul Bumbar (Co-Secretaries)
John Shankey (Treasurer)
Jim Ewens (Editor, CORPUS REPORTS)

Petition to Reinstate Rev. Roy Bourgeois

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The Corpus Executive Council is very pleased to present this petition for reinstating Rev. Roy Bourgeois — who is being unjustly punished for preaching at a woman’s ordination. He told the Vatican that it was against his conscience to say that he did not believe in the ordination of women. Because Corpus is on record for favoring the restoration of a married priesthood in the Western Church, and for reviving the ordination of women in the Catholic Communion of Churches, we ask Pope Francis to follow the majority of Catholics who stand in solidarity with Rev. Bourgeois.
John and Maureen Sheehan, Gloria Durka, Paul Bumbar, Jim Ewens, John Shankey

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PRAY FOR OUR DECEASED BROTHERS AND SISTERS

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During this month of November, let us remember our brothers and sisters who have gone to their eternal rest during this year and for all the deceased who have champion the CORPUS vision of a renewed and inclusive priesthood. 

We know that we do not have a complete list of all who have died. We could use your help. Through the years many of you have sent obituaries or alerted us to someone who has passed away.   If you know of anyone who has not been included on our CORPUS web site, send their name to us. Still better, if you have any information such as obituary, biographical sketch and/or a picture send it along.

 Send to:

Stuart O’Brien
2 Adamian Drive
North Falmouth, MA 02556
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To read all the names of those who died 2017-2018 click below.

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