Podcasts
Mar 20, 2019
Power to the People: The Role of Canon Law

Canon lawyer, Tom Doyle, offers invaluable insight from his 35 years of experience working for justice for victim-survivors and their families into how canon law upholds a clerical system and culture in the Church, which perpetuates a cycle of abuse and coverup. He discuss which canons in particular lay a foundation for clericalism and argues that the entire church structure -- including canon law -- must be radically reformed if the violence and abuse of people and power is to stop.

Canon lawyer, Tom Doyle, offers invaluable insight from his 35 years of experience working for justice for victim-survivors and their families into how canon law upholds a clerical system and culture in the Church, which perpetuates a cycle of abuse and coverup. He discuss which canons in particular lay a foundation for clericalism and argues that the entire church structure -- including canon law -- must be radically reformed if the violence and abuse of people and power is to stop.

Feb 20, 2019
Power to the People: It Wasn't Always This Way

Francine Cardman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry presents an overview of the development of hierarchy and clericalism in the Roman Church, addressing the Church's evolving understanding of charism, office, ordination, and authority; the influence of sacramental theology; as well as the role of secular political realities. She also takes participant questions. This teleconference was the second in the series "Power to the People: From Clericalism to Collaboration" throughout 2019. Click here to register for future calls.

Francine Cardman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry presents an overview of the development of hierarchy and clericalism in the Roman Church, addressing the Church's evolving understanding of charism, office, ordination, and authority; the influence of sacramental theology; as well as the role of secular political realities. She also takes participant questions. This teleconference was the second in the series "Power to the People: From Clericalism to Collaboration" throughout 2019. Click here to register for future calls.

Jan 23, 2019
Power to the People: The Lay of the Land

Author and journalist Thomas Reese, SJ provides an overview of the clergy sex abuse crisis, assessing the effectiveness of steps that have already been taken, reflecting on the latest developments, and outlining the challenges and opportunities ahead as we seek to move from a culture of clericalism to a culture of synodality in the Church.

Author and journalist Thomas Reese, SJ provides an overview of the clergy sex abuse crisis, assessing the effectiveness of steps that have already been taken, reflecting on the latest developments, and outlining the challenges and opportunities ahead as we seek to move from a culture of clericalism to a culture of synodality in the Church.

Sep 5, 2018
A Rubicon Moment in the Catholic Church

Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, Dr. Higgins argues that the "demolition" of the seminary system is the "kind of radical change the Catholic Church needs if it is to tackle the systemic evil that is clericalism," which is "the root cause of our institutional pathology."

Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, Dr. Higgins argues that the "demolition" of the seminary system is the "kind of radical change the Catholic Church needs if it is to tackle the systemic evil that is clericalism," which is "the root cause of our institutional pathology."

Jul 11, 2018
Theology of the Eucharist for Today's Church

Professor Thomas O'Loughlin shares his expertise regarding the historical theology of the Eucharist.  He shows the developments until now and helps restore the original understanding of the Eucharist as giving thanks to God.

Professor Thomas O'Loughlin shares his expertise regarding the historical theology of the Eucharist.  He shows the developments until now and helps restore the original understanding of the Eucharist as giving thanks to God.

May 16, 2018
Religious Communities for the Future

Founders of the Benincasa Community in New York discuss their community's founding impulse, their work, commitments, and their learnings. They also explain why they no longer worry about distinctions such as "religious" and "lay".

Founders of the Benincasa Community in New York discuss their community's founding impulse, their work, commitments, and their learnings. They also explain why they no longer worry about distinctions such as "religious" and "lay".

Apr 4, 2018
Young Catholic Sisters Speak Out

Sisters Andrea Koverman, Leslie Keener, and Julia Walsh share their insights and hopes for the future of religious life from the perspective of young Catholic sisters.

Sisters Andrea Koverman, Leslie Keener, and Julia Walsh share their insights and hopes for the future of religious life from the perspective of young Catholic sisters.

Mar 21, 2018
Pastoral Responses to the Worldwide Eucharistic Famine

Fr. Joseph Healey shares his expertise in helping develop Small Christian Communities in Africa.

Fr. Joseph Healey shares his expertise in helping develop Small Christian Communities in Africa.

Feb 21, 2018
Everyone Leads

Chris Lowney discusses the future of lay leadership and ministry in the Catholic Church.

Chris Lowney discusses the future of lay leadership and ministry in the Catholic Church.

Jan 25, 2018
The Future of Religious Life

Jamie Manson discusses her innovative ideas about the shape and direction of religious life for the 21st century.

Jamie Manson discusses her innovative ideas about the shape and direction of religious life for the 21st century.

Nov 8, 2017
The Lobinger Model

Fr. Robert Duch discusses Bishop Fritz Lobinger's model for electing community leaders.  Learn about the basic structure of the model and its potential in the Catholic Church.

Fr. Robert Duch discusses Bishop Fritz Lobinger's model for electing community leaders.  Learn about the basic structure of the model and its potential in the Catholic Church.

Oct 25, 2017
Emerging Models of Ministry

Professor Ed Hahnenberg discusses innovative models of ministry being developed to meet the needs of the Church today.  He draws on pioneering models in Christian history to show how every age innovates according to the needs of its era.

Professor Ed Hahnenberg discusses innovative models of ministry being developed to meet the needs of the Church today.  He draws on pioneering models in Christian history to show how every age innovates according to the needs of its era.

Sep 13, 2017
A Plan for Priestless Parishes

Msgr. Ray Cole discusses the plan developed by the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests for priestless parishes.

Msgr. Ray Cole discusses the plan developed by the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests for priestless parishes.

Apr 5, 2017
Complementarity in Papal Thought

Michael Lawler, Ph.D. and Todd Salzman, Ph.D. discuss the development of the concept of complementarity in papal documents.

Michael Lawler, Ph.D. and Todd Salzman, Ph.D. discuss the development of the concept of complementarity in papal documents.

Feb 23, 2017
Complementarity's Spousal Imagery and the Sacraments

Susan Ross, Ph.D. discusses the impact of complementarity on our sacramental imagination.

Susan Ross, Ph.D. discusses the impact of complementarity on our sacramental imagination.

Jan 1, 2017
Complementarity 101

Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Ph.D. provides a primer to the concept of complementarity: what it is, where it came from, and how it harms all Catholics.

Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Ph.D. provides a primer to the concept of complementarity: what it is, where it came from, and how it harms all Catholics.

Aug 25, 2016
Millennials Speak for Themselves

Three millennials speak out about what being Catholic means to them.

Three millennials speak out about what being Catholic means to them.

Jul 20, 2016
Young Women in the Catholic Church

Sociologist, Patricia Wittberg, S.C., Ph.D. discusses the latest data that shows young women leaving the Church at greater rates than their male counter parts.

Sociologist, Patricia Wittberg, S.C., Ph.D. discusses the latest data that shows young women leaving the Church at greater rates than their male counter parts.

Jun 22, 2016
Women Deacons in the Roman Church

Gary Macy, Ph.D. examines the historical evidence that women served as deaons in the Roman Catholic Church.

Gary Macy, Ph.D. examines the historical evidence that women served as deaons in the Roman Catholic Church.

May 18, 2016
Women Deacons? Essays with Answers

Expert on women deacons, Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D., discusses the findings of essays in her collection.

Expert on women deacons, Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D., discusses the findings of essays in her collection.

Apr 14, 2016
Women Ready to Serve as Deacons

Sam Bowns, Natalie Terry, and Connie Walsh -- who are ready to serve as deacons share their vocation stories in this conversation moderated by Luke Hansen, SJ.

Sam Bowns, Natalie Terry, and Connie Walsh -- who are ready to serve as deacons share their vocation stories in this conversation moderated by Luke Hansen, SJ.

Sep 15, 2015
Will the Real Mary Please Stand Up?

Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ discusses the role of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in our Salvation history -- and why it is so imperative that we rediscover the Scriptural Mary.

Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ discusses the role of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in our Salvation history -- and why it is so imperative that we rediscover the Scriptural Mary.

Aug 26, 2015
Creating a Roadmap for Gender Equality in the Church

Astrid Lobo Gajiwala discusses her role in and the development of a gender policy adopted by the bishops of India intended to bring more women into positions of influence  in the Indian Church.

Astrid Lobo Gajiwala discusses her role in and the development of a gender policy adopted by the bishops of India intended to bring more women into positions of influence  in the Indian Church.

Feb 17, 2015
Reforming the Church with Pope Francis

Richard Gaillardetz, Ph.D. discusses opportunities and challenges for reform under a Francis papacy.

Richard Gaillardetz, Ph.D. discusses opportunities and challenges for reform under a Francis papacy.

Nov 1, 2014
People of Conscience: Reforming the Catholic Church Today

Fr. Tony Flannery's presentation from the 2014 Catholic Tipping Point Tour

Fr. Tony Flannery's presentation from the 2014 Catholic Tipping Point Tour

Sep 9, 2014
Repairing My House

Fr. Michael Crosby discusses insights from his book “Repairing My House: A blueprint for reform in the the Church.”


Fr. Michael Crosby discusses insights from his book “Repairing My House: A blueprint for reform in the the Church.”


Apr 12, 2014
The Gift of Marriage to the Priesthood

Theresa and Anthony Padovano on what marriage can offer to the priesthood and what opportunity they see for reform with Pope Francis.

Theresa and Anthony Padovano on what marriage can offer to the priesthood and what opportunity they see for reform with Pope Francis.

Feb 15, 2014
Moving Beyond Patriarchy

Sr. Sandra Schneiders discusses using biblical interpretation as a tool to promote and enhance the full personhood of women.

Sr. Sandra Schneiders discusses using biblical interpretation as a tool to promote and enhance the full personhood of women.

Nov 20, 2013
The Future of Priestly Celibacy

Fr. Don Cozzens discusses the history, political dimensions and impact of mandatory celibacy showing how mandatory celibacy is used as a form of power and control while making a case for giving those who are called to the priesthood the freedom to marry or to be celibate.

Fr. Don Cozzens discusses the history, political dimensions and impact of mandatory celibacy showing how mandatory celibacy is used as a form of power and control while making a case for giving those who are called to the priesthood the freedom to marry or to be celibate.

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