Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I guess this is what is meant by the New Evangelization (St.Rose and the Archdiodocese)

I thought that it was enough that St. Rose had VOTF but now I am really wondering what they are doing with the support of the Archdiocese.

It seems that the Dr. Susan Timoney, of the Archdiocese Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns is hosting an series of "bringing spritiuality into relationships" by the Shalem Institute.

Now, whenever I see such things, it really starts to set off the "something just doesn't seeem right" gut feeling.

Now, the Shalem Institute and the members may be nice people and may be right for certain organizations but I am not so certain about Catholics "hosting" this.

According to the advertisement:

Faith-full Listening:
A Series on Spiritual Friendship, explores the relationship between prayerful listening to God and nurturing spiritual friendship with others. The emphasis will be on informal, spontaneous spiritual friendships rather than on the formal ministry of spiritual direction.

When you look at the Shalem Institute, it is a Christian but not Catholic. It talks usually of spiritual but not Jesus and the Holy Spirit. It's presenters are mostly not Catholic. (You mean, the Archdiocese and St. Rose could not find any Catholic speakers on the topic?)

So, here are the speakers:

  • Tilden Edwards: Episcopal Priest
  • Rose Mary Dougherty, SSND (School Sisters of Notre Dame) is a sensei (teacher) in the lineage of the White Plum Asanga (zen buddhism), she teaches Zen meditation in various settings and assists people in integrating contemplative presence and just action in their lives. (Now that should raise some eyebrows.)
  • Carole Crumley: Episcopal Priest
  • Ann Dean: Minister in the ecumenical community of the Church of the Saviour since 1994 and is a member of the Dayspring Retreat Mission Group
  • Patience Robbins: I don't have much information on her, but she will lead talk at the Hyattsville Mennonite Church about on "Earth Mystic" Julia Butterfly Hill - an American activist and environmentalist best known for living in a 180-foot roughly 1500-year-old California Redwood for 738 days.
  • Leah Rampy: Ordained Elder and Deacon at the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church.
  • Bill Dietrich: Quaker
  • Liz Ward: Spiritual director at Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal Church) and an elected member of the Commission on Ministry and a discernment facilitator for the Diocese of Virginia.

So, I have some questions:

  • Why is the Archdiocese spending $$ on presentations by non-Catholics on spirituality, esp. with what I call a questionable Catholic nun. I know that there is a fee for this, but there are always behind the scenes expenses.
  • Whys is this being done at a Catholic Church.
  • Are their no Catholics who can do a presentation like this, using Catholic teachings?
  • Why does Dr. Susan Timoney still have this position with the Archdiocese, when she helps to support and present things which are not in the Roman Catholic tradition?


Anonymous said...

Just another of Msgr. Dudziak's half-cocked, what-can-I-do-to-make-ME-look-good ideas. He got this going as a knee-jerk reaction to criticism that the level of spirituality in the parish was waning. The kicker is that you you pay a fee to attend the sessions.

Anonymous said...

And Voice of the Faithful is back in the bulletin this week:

I wish the Archdiocese would stand up to this.

Anonymous said...

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother."

Do you and/or some your anonymous followers consider as a part of your Faith the responsibility to talk to some of the people you lay charges against --- like Dr. Timoney and Msgr. Dudzack and finding out their side of the story and then giving them some charity when you listen to their answer?

This blog (with this post & comment as a prime example) doesn't seem all that dissimilar from the gossip so regularly condemned by our Christian faith.

Anonymous said...

To Anon, "...If your brother...": Many, including myself, have tried to speak to Msgr. Dud. on a number of occasions and on a number of topics. I frequently find him to be arrogant and aloof (and too often uninformed), dismissing with a wave of the hand members of the parish or ideas with which he doesn't agree (or doesn't understand).

I agree, gossip is not a effective means of discourse, but buried in 'gossip-like' blogging you can find emerging ideas and concerns that should be taken seriously, if only to raise to a level that isn't gossip, but legitimate discussion and debate.

Viator Catholicus said...

How did the Gospel end this Sunday?

"When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith on earth."

Sadly, it seems He won't. The process is well underway of wiping out the Catholic faith thanks to heretic priests and their bishops.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, it is hard to argue that Msgr. Dudziak is in invincible ignorance about the evil of VOTF and this heretic spirituality conference. He is a priest and obliged to know that these organizations will not teach the Catholic Faith. And the archbishop - especially one that likes to play the catechist - has a responsibility to know what his priests are teaching.