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CORPUS, celebrating forty-two 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's Not Necessarily So: A Senior Priest Separates Faith from Fiction and Makes Sense of Belief
by Fr Richard G Rento
Many of you may remember Dick's keynote address at the 2006 Corpus Conference. His recently published book is getting rave reviews. Read more about it...
"A wise parish priest and educator not only tackles the problems in the institution of the Catholic Church and the dogma of the Catholic faith, but also offers solutions and spiritual insights. Fr. Richard Rento confronts the issue of clergy sexual abuse head on and focuses on many other areas of church dysfunction. Anyone who has ever questioned illogical rules, meaningless ritual or implausible doctrine will find answers in this book. Written in a warm and friendly style the book addresses life-impacting and community-building issues ranging from answered prayers to Gay marriage, from abortion to the meaning of God. Persons who have doubts, fears or misgivings about their faith and/or their relationship with the church will find comfort in these pages. “Nones” and parents of “nones” will appreciate Fr. Rento’s perceptions as will everyone who is searching for meaning in life and a belief system based upon a relationship with the Divine that respects and resonates with the whole person and allows for spiritual growth and maturity."
Chris McDonnell CT July 22nd 2016
There has been considerable discussion in recent months regarding the possibility of ordaining women as deacons in the service of the Church. Although there were women deacons in the Early Church, none were allowed within the restoration of the diaconate that came with the Second Council of the Vatican. If we were to ask our communities about the nature of the diaconate, its purpose and function, there would be some very hesitant replies. Maybe it is worth raising a few questions.
There are two broad distinctions that can be drawn; those that see in the diaconate a pastoral and liturgical service, deeply imbedded in the community they serve. Then there are others-including some parish priests-who see them as an added extra that could be dispensed with at no great cost.
Let’s try to explore both arguments.
A Little Can Go A Long Way
In a culture that is increasingly more fragmented and torn apart, giving ourselves over into His hands, learning to follow Christ, to find God in our daily lives and to truly live the life of discipleship is no easy feat. It is only when we allow our own weaknesses and ordinariness to be transformed by the hand of God, only when we take our "mustard-seen faith" back into our day-to-day struggles that we will be able to enter into the grace-filled living to which people of every age have been called.