Archive for November 5th, 2015
Secret ‘Catacombs Pact’ emerges after 50 years, and Pope Francis gives it new life / Religion News Service
Sounding like a document from a Dan Brown novel, the secret Pact of the Catacombs has re-emerged after 50 years, echoing the “poor Church for the poor” of Pope Francis.
The signatories (of what was to become known as the Pact of the Catacombs) vowed (shortly before the end of Vatican II) to renounce personal possessions, fancy vestments and ‘names and titles that express prominence and power,’ and they said they would make advocating for the poor and powerless the focus of their ministry.
“In all this, they said, ‘we will seek collaborators in ministry so that we can be animators according to the Spirit rather than dominators according to the world; we will try to make ourselves as humanly present and welcoming as possible; and we will show ourselves to be open to all, no matter what their beliefs.’
The document would become known as the Pact of the Catacombs, and the signers hoped it would mark a turning point in church history.”
By David Gibson, Religion News Service — Click here to read the rest of this story.
Part two of our (WBUR-FM) ‘Spotlight’ series, in advance of the film’s release Friday (Nov. 6). The film ‘Spotlight’ tells a story that broke in 2002, but started years earlier. Before the Spotlight team investigated allegations of clergy sexual abuse, others — like attorney Mitchell Garabedian and Father Thomas Doyle — were already trying to get justice for the victims.” (Website story features photo of Doyle addressing the audience at the 2002 national Voice of the Faithful conference in Boston.)
By Radio Boston WBUR-FM, National Public Radio, Boston — Click here to listen to this story; click here for part one of this series; and click here to purchase Voice of the Faithful advance sale discount tickets to see “Spotlight” at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, Massachusetts, on Friday, Nov. 13.