Presentation on theme: "March 10, 2013 CCMT Gathering Presented by Donna Mollica Cardinal Joseph Louis Bernardin April 2, 1928 – November 14, 1996."— Presentation transcript:
March 10, 2013 CCMT Gathering Presented by Donna Mollica Cardinal Joseph Louis Bernardin April 2, 1928 – November 14, 1996
Centered on faith in Jesus Marked by accountability to the Living Catholic tradition Ruled by a renewed Spirit of Civility, Dialogue, Generosity and broad and serious Consultation
Jesus Christ - present in Scripture & Sacrament Central to all that we do. He must always be the measure and not what is measured.
Will be marked by a willingness to approach the situation with:
Will be marked by a willingness to approach the situation with: Fresh Eyes Open Minds Changed Hearts
The full range and demands of: Authentic Unity Acceptable Diversity Respectful Dialogue
The full range and demands of: Authentic Unity Acceptable Diversity Respectful Dialogue As a way to understand for ourselves and articulate for the world The Meaning of Discipleship of Jesus Christ
Church is not merely a human organization It is a Chosen People A Mysterious Communion A Foreshadowing of the Kingdom A Spiritual Family
Reminds us that All the Faithful are called to a role of grasping truth or incorporating a decision or practice into the Church’s Life. That dialogue takes place within boundaries is a necessary premise. Without boundaries, no identity can exist.
Recognize that no single group or viewpoint has a complete monopoly on the truth. Do not envision ourselves or any one part of the church (Group) as a saving remnant. Presume that those with whom we differ are acting in good faith. They deserve civility, charity and a good faith effort to understand their concerns.
Do not substitute abstractions, labels or blanketing terms – “Radical Feminism”, “The Hierarchy”, “Conservatives”, “Liberals” – for living, complicated realities. Put the best construction on differing positions, addressing their strongest points rather than seizing upon their most vulnerable points to discredit them. Be cautious in ascribing motives.