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CORPUS is a faith community affirming an inclusive priesthood rooted in a  reformed and renewed Church.

CORPUS, celebrating forty-one years of service to the people of God, is one of the oldest reform groups in the Catholic Church, and is active in reform movements both in the U.S. and abroad. We are committed to working for a renewed priesthood of married and single men and women dedicated to serving God through the Community of Believers.
 
 

It is the same when the CORPUS Community gathers to break open the scripture of our lives and be nourished by our common faith commitment to the values and principles of Vatican II.
We hope our 27th consecutive national gathering will set your heart on fire! 
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 Featured Articles, Reflections and Essays
 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 Sign and Substance
Even as we cannot live without food, so the spirit of man cannot survive or thrive without the spiritual nourishment which is Jesus himself. The crowd we see today mistake the sign for the substance. Let's not make the same mistake...
by Joe Cece

 Monday at "Juvie"
Monday afternoons at juvenile hall are laundry folding days. A staff person and three or four of the kids are buried in the week's laundry of institutional gray shorts and shirts. Each inmate gets his weekly supply which he takes to his own cell, his uniform du jour.
by Hank Mattimore


 Recommended Resources and Web Links
 3 minute retreat
Take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage. Knowing that not everyone prays at the same pace, you have control over the pace of the retreat

 A Readers Guide to "Laudato Si"

 Boston College; Church in 21st Century
The Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College seeks to be a catalyst and resource for the renewal of the Catholic Church in the United States by engaging critical issues facing the Catholic community.  Many programs can be found online for your spiritual and theological development.

 Read Pope Francis' Encyclical "Laudato Si" on the Envionment


The Pope addresses the very important issues of the environment and man's responsibilities to the earth and one another.

 Spirituality and Practice
After more than 50 years of life in a monastery, Sister Joan Chittister asked herself some questions. What — if anything — of monastic life is worth passing on to others in our time? What does monasticism offer seekers who are already overwhelmed by all the spiritual and secular options available to them? And how can those outside traditional monasteries embrace this life that is both enriching and enlightening?
by CORPUS


 Alerts & Special Announcements
 READ Sacramental Equality for Gays
NOTE OF INTEREST:
DignityUSA Advocates for “Sacramental Equality” for Gays after Civil Marriage is Achieved


Contact Information:
Marianne Duddy-Burke, 617-669-7810
Jim Smith, 612-306-9012
Jeff Stone, 646-418-7039
DignityUSA Advocates for “Sacramental Equality” for Gays after Civil Marriage is Achieved
Seattle, WA. July 5, 2015. Members of the leading LGBT Catholic organzation, meeting in Seattle for the organization’s national convention, have voted to begin advocating for equal access to all of the sacraments of the Catholic Church for LGBT people and their families. A unanimously-passed resolution states that “DignityUSA and its members call on the leaders and members of our Roman Catholic Church to ensure that all of the sacraments of our Church be administered regardless of the gender identity, sexual orientation, or relational status of the person(s) seeking the sacrament.”
“DignityUSA stands for full inclusion and equality of LGBT people in the Catholic Church. We can’t be fully equal if we are barred from any of our Church’s sacraments,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA’s Executive Director. “Right now, we are officially banned from marriage and ordination, and often denied other sacraments, as well.
“We hear stories all the time of people told they cannot have Communion because they are gay, in a same-sex relationship, or civilly married. Many priests refuse to baptize the children of same-sex couples. A gay man in Washington, DC was denied ’last rites’ after suffering a heart attack. These incidents cause pain and alienation for us, and for our families, and create division within our Church,” continued Duddy-Burke.
“We believe that the Church’s own theology about the importance and nature of sacraments supports our goal. Sacraments are means of celebrating what is sacred in human lives, and ways of being open to God’s grace. Surely the lives of LGBT people and our families are just as sacred, and just as deserving of grace, as the lives of other people,” said Duddy-Burke.
“We know that it is going to take a lot of work, and probably many years, to achieve this goal,” said Duddy-Burke. “But having gained civil marriage equality in the US, we know that the miraculous is possible. We believe that rethinking how sacraments are administered will be good for everyone in the Catholic Church, because it will help us to live our belief in the intrinsic dignity and equality of every person as created and loved by God. This broadened understanding of the sacraments would apply not just to LGBT people, but to everyone, including women and married men and women seeking ordination, for example.”
The full text of the resolution is as follows:
Whereas DignityUSA works for the full inclusion and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) Catholics in our Church and our world, and
Whereas DignityUSA has long proclaimed its belief in the sacredness of the lives and families of LGBTQI people and our families, and
Whereas LGBTQI people and our families have too often experienced difficulty in accessing, or have been explicitly denied, the sacraments of our Church simply because of who we are or whom we love,
Therefore be it resolved that DignityUSA and its members call on the leaders and members of our Roman Catholic Church to ensure that all of the sacraments of our Church be administered regardless of the gender identity, sexual orientation, or relational status of the person(s) seeking the sacrament.
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DignityUSA is the nation’s foremost organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics, their families, friends and supporters. Founded in 1969, it works for full inclusion and equality for LGBT Catholics in the Church and society.
- See more at: https://www.dignityusa.org/press/lgbt-catholics-call-full-access-marriage-and-ordination-catholic-church#sthash.vEsx5ZKb.dpuf




Contact Information:

Marianne Duddy-Burke, 617-669-7810
Jim Smith, 612-306-9012
Jeff Stone, 646-418-7039

DignityUSA Advocates for “Sacramental Equality” for Gays after Civil Marriage is Achieved

Seattle, WA. July 5, 2015. Members of the leading LGBT Catholic organzation, meeting in Seattle for the organization’s national convention, have voted to begin advocating for equal access to all of the sacraments of the Catholic Church for LGBT people and their families. A unanimously-passed resolution states that “DignityUSA and its members call on the leaders and members of our Roman Catholic Church to ensure that all of the sacraments of our Church be administered regardless of the gender identity, sexual orientation, or relational status of the person(s) seeking the sacrament.

“DignityUSA stands for full inclusion and equality of LGBT people in the Catholic Church. We can’t be fully equal if we are barred from any of our Church’s sacraments,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA’s Executive Director. “Right now, we are officially banned from marriage and ordination, and often denied other sacraments, as well.

“We hear stories all the time of people told they cannot have Communion because they are gay, in a same-sex relationship, or civilly married. Many priests refuse to baptize the children of same-sex couples. A gay man in Washington, DC was denied ’last rites’ after suffering a heart attack. These incidents cause pain and alienation for us, and for our families, and create division within our Church,” continued Duddy-Burke.

“We believe that the Church’s own theology about the importance and nature of sacraments supports our goal. Sacraments are means of celebrating what is sacred in human lives, and ways of being open to God’s grace. Surely the lives of LGBT people and our families are just as sacred, and just as deserving of grace, as the lives of other people,” said Duddy-Burke.

“We know that it is going to take a lot of work, and probably many years, to achieve this goal,” said Duddy-Burke. “But having gained civil marriage equality in the US, we know that the miraculous is possible. We believe that rethinking how sacraments are administered will be good for everyone in the Catholic Church, because it will help us to live our belief in the intrinsic dignity and equality of every person as created and loved by God.  This broadened understanding of the sacraments would apply not just to LGBT people, but to everyone, including women and married men and women seeking ordination, for example.”

The full text of the resolution is as follows:

Whereas DignityUSA works for the full inclusion and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) Catholics in our Church and our world, and

Whereas DignityUSA has long proclaimed its belief in the sacredness of the lives and families of LGBTQI people and our families, and

Whereas LGBTQI people and our families have too often experienced difficulty in accessing, or have been explicitly denied, the sacraments of our Church simply because of who we are or whom we love,

Therefore be it resolved that DignityUSA and its members call on the leaders and members of our Roman Catholic Church to ensure that all of the sacraments of our Church be administered regardless of the gender identity, sexual orientation, or relational status of the person(s) seeking the sacrament.

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DignityUSA is the nation’s foremost organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics, their families, friends and supporters. Founded in 1969, it works for full inclusion and equality for LGBT Catholics in the Church and society. 

- See more at: https://www.dignityusa.org/press/lgbt-catholics-call-full-access-marriage-and-ordination-catholic-church#sthash.vEsx5ZKb.dpuf

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REMEMBER OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS
CORPUS has always honored our deceased members and those who have journeyed with us for an inclusive priesthood. We would like to update our files of those who have died in recent years.  We need your help.  Please send information about deceased priests to Stu O’Brien at stuobrien@corpus.org.  We will appreciate information including the deceased person’s name, birth and death dates, loved ones and addresses, years and place of ministry, death notice, obituary and any other information you might be able to provide. A picture of the deceased will be appreciated.  These records will be placed on our web site Remembering our Brothers and Sisters and also archived with CORPUS documents at Notre Dame University.  Thank you.
 

 Wmen's Ordination Worldwide Conference
  Women’s Ordination Worldwide Conference
18-20 September, 2015 Philadelphia

Women’s Ordination Worldwide is an ecumenical network of organizations from around the world whose mission is the ordination of women into an inclusive and accountable Roman Catholic Church.
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