William D. Lindsey writes about us on Bilgrimage:
For those interested, an Occupy, Catholics! group has been formed. Its website is here, with a helpful set of links to various other sites that tie into the Occupy movement. And it also now has a Facebook group.
I gather that the primary goal of Occupy, Catholics! is to muster Catholic support for the Occupy movement, and to demonstrate that Catholics can play (and already are playing) a key role in supporting the movement. And that’s very good. If I had my druthers, though, the group would also focus intently on Occupying the Catholic church itself.
My point: much of the analysis of the malaise of our church right now among centrist Catholics comes nowhere near recognizing how dire the pastoral situation is for many of their fellow Catholics, for whom the key questions are no longer whether we should be intoning “consubstantial” or “one in being with,” but for whom the key questions are about finding and sustaining any sense of divine presence at all in a church that has revealed such a savage face to many of its own followers and to the world in general. Many centrist Catholics have not yet caught on to their own complicity in the savagery–and so they are doing far too little to reverse it, as the savagery consumes alive the souls of many of their fellow Catholics.
It’s time to Occupy our own church, and perhaps then we’ll have some effect when we join Occupy movements that call for greater justice in society as a whole. I’m really tired of having going-nowhere one-way conversations with fellow Catholics of the center, who lament the “new” liturgy while informing me that I must be crazy to imagine the church shows a savage face to gay folks, when their own parishes in places like suburban New York City or Yale are full of the gays.
Total denial that simply annihilates the witness of thousands and thousands of wounded gay and lesbian Catholics (and thousands and thousands of other Catholics wounded for equally serious reasons): this will do absolutely nothing to heal a badly wounded church, while we chatter at our comfortable centrist Catholic blogsites about the shortcomings of the new liturgy.