Saturday, October 26, 2002

One week to go....

.....until the Weekend of the Wandering Actionites.

Next weekend, the Midwest Express Center will host the national conference of a purported "reform" group called A Call to Action, or CTA. This has happened pretty much annually for many years (but they skipped last year, it was a major anniversary for then so they had conferences in larger cities than Milwaukee).

By tradition, a second "reform" group, called Wanderer Forum, has its annual gathering on the same weekend, also here in Milwaukee. So there are demonstrators and counter-demonstrators and counter-counter-demonstrators and a public exposition of all the worst aspects of old-fashioned Catholic faction-fighting.

Forget basic edification. Abandon making "every effort to preserve the unity which has the Spirit as its origin and peace as its binding force."

So, pray for Milwaukee especially this coming week. As we all know and were reminded of in yesterday's lectionary reading, there is only "one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all"; for CTA folk and Wanderers and all the rest of us together.

The Church is one body with Christ as the head. It is not for us to see how many pieces we can dismember her into!

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