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Detroit archdiocese warns against dissident Catholics' conference

Catholic World News - October 13, 2010

The Archdiocese of Detroit has warned the faithful against participating in a conference organized by dissident Catholics, and directed parishes and Church institutions not to cooperate with the "misguided" project.

The conference, to be held in June 2011, is organized by a group called the American Catholic Council, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the landmark “Call to Action” conference that was held in Detroit under the sponsorship of the late Cardinal John Dearden. The Call to Action conference became a rallying point for radical Catholics in the 1970s.

Archbishop Allen Vigneron cautioned Catholics against joining in the new effort. An archdiocesan statement warned that despite its claims to follow the mandate of Vatican II, the American Catholic Council is advancing goals that are “largely in opposition to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the Holy Spirit, which inspired the Council.”

The archdiocese added that the plans for the June 2011 assembly are equally suspect: “Some of the advertised speakers and groups organizing the effort espouse positions which are clearly contrary to Catholic faith, leading to alienation and estrangement from the Church.”

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  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Oct. 14, 2010 9:32 PM ET USA

    There is just such a Jesuit university in Detroit. In the past they have welcomed the Vagina Monologues, so why not this conference?

  • Posted by: ltoscan2645 - Oct. 14, 2010 8:59 AM ET USA

    to Gil125 - thank you for my laugh of the day. Unfortuanately its also a nervous laugh as I belong to a parish run by Jesuits where liturgical innovation is a weekly practice and where community has superceded worship and reverence for God in Church. St. Ignatius of Loyoal pray for us.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Oct. 13, 2010 8:00 PM ET USA

    Hear, hear! And while they're at it, I wish the Detroit Archdiocese would issue a warning against participation in that mother of all dissident gatherings, Cardinal Mahony's annual Religious Education Conference.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Oct. 13, 2010 5:24 PM ET USA

    They may have to find a good Jesuit university to host their conclave. (I say conclave because I assume they plan to elect their own pope.)

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