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US priests form group to promote 'vision of Vatican II'

June 14, 2012

A new group of American clerics, the Association of US Catholic Priests, has been formed to “celebrate and implement the visionary concepts of Vatican Council II.” A quick sketch of the group suggests that it will follow a path similar to that of Ireland’s Association of Catholic Priests, a group that has defended dissenting clerics against the Vatican.


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  • Posted by: Defender - Jun. 14, 2012 9:19 PM ET USA

    Oh please...Rome isn't being fair to the LCWR, let's survey people about the Mass and the, oft-said, spirit of VII - there is no doubt where this group is going (50 years does not=1500+ years). I guess priest councils aren't enough to muck things up (and potentially defy the bishop), let's have a bigger organization to do it up right!

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jun. 14, 2012 5:40 PM ET USA

    So what makes this different from, say, Call to Action? Is this more "Spirit of Vatican II" nonsense? Ignore the documents or read what you like into them?

  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 14, 2012 5:31 PM ET USA

    A member says, "These (LCWR) women, they're intelligent and they're going to find a way to deal with this. And this is our chance to give them significant backing to know they're not alone." That's a shakey start for a priest's group when they start by discussing an endorsement for a group of dissident nuns who disagree with Church teaching.

  • Posted by: rpp - Jun. 14, 2012 5:30 PM ET USA

    Perhaps they can call themselves the "Leadership Conference for Men Religious".

  • Posted by: rpp - Jun. 14, 2012 5:28 PM ET USA

    I thought they already had a group. Doesn't it go by the name of "Catholic Theological Society of America"? If it is going to be a different group, perhaps they an call themselves the "Leadership Conference for Men (for now) Religious".