The Catholic diaspora: Independent communities as the church’s ‘research lab’

According to a 2008 Pew Research study, one of 10 U.S. adults is a former Catholic. Some have moved on to other denominations, others have no church affiliation at all, still others have formed their own communities of former Catholics. In this five-part series, former NCR editor Tom Roberts examines the choices many former Catholics have made as they decided to move away from the institutional church.

Reverend Brown’s story, as much as any individual’s might, sheds light on characteristics common among independent eucharistic communities, outside the institutional Roman Catholic Church, that have emerged in the Catholic diaspora:

    • An almost unqualified openness to everyone, including LGBTQ+ individuals;
    • An acceptance of women leaders;
    • An unconditional welcome to the Eucharist, including many who would be excluded in traditional Catholic parishes;
    • An easy association with other Christian denominations and other faiths;
    • A more democratic approach to decision-making than would be found in most Catholic parishes;
    • A deep commitment to social justice expressed in robust ministries in the wider community.

     With the Primary Election right around the corner here are two websites for nonpartisan information and guides:

    Coeur d’Alene Press: Both the Voter Guide and the Meet the Candidates videos are advertised as providing unaltered messages from the candidates  For the videos, click on the Meet the Candidates tab at the top of the page. For the Voter Guide  click on the (usually a yellow) button, which may be at the top right of your screen or the very bottom, depending on the device you are using – and scroll down to Special Sections then click on Voter Guide.

    League of Women Voters: Since this is a nation-wide site/organization you’ll need to input your address to navigate to Idaho and the local races by licking on Candidate Information/Vote 411 button , then enter your address and submit. On the page that then comes up, scroll down and click on the green-blue Save and View Races button. That should bring up all candidates and races pertinent to your address.

    Welcome Presiding Bishop Pablo Burson!

      Bishop Burson is visiting us from The Rocky Mountain Region Ecumenical Catholic Community. To learn more about our governing body please follow the link below.

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