Depressing church news over the past two months has led me to pick up and start reading a book which has been on my shelves some time, but which I have previously only dipped into. The removal of excommunication of SPXX members has received wide and ongoing publicity; clerical sexual abuse is again in the news with the FBI reopening old investigations in LA Diocese, and fresh revelations over Fr Marcial Maarciel Delgado of the Legionnaires of Christ. Meanwhile, on the progressive wing of the church, there has been less coverage in the MSM of the silencing or excommunication of the priests Fr Roger Haight, Geoffrey Farrow and Roy Bourgeois, or of bizarre goings-on in the parishes of St Mary’s, Brisbane and St Stephen’s, Minneapolis, where attempts to muzzle complete parishes have led to resistance (St Mary’s) or exodus (St Stephen’s).
What all these have in common is that they are concerned with power in the church – its extension, its abuse, or attempts to defy or resist it. so I picked up again “Confronting Power & Sex in the Catholic Church”, by Bishop Geoffrey Robinson. I am pleased that I did. Published in 2007, this book Read the rest of this entry »