Fr. Helmut Schüller closed his "Catholic Tipping Point" tour Thursday, delivering thousands of red ribbons to Cardinal Timothy Dolan's office.
Schüller Tipping Point Tour
"The bishops tell us we should pray for vocations, but ... God has fulfilled this prayer," Fr. Helmut Schüller told his LA audience.
Cardinal Francis George was much distressed last week when he was told that the Association of Chicago Priests had invited its members to attend a meeting with Fr. Helmut Schüller at a Catholic church before his talk, sponsored by Call to Action and other reform groups, July 24 in Chicago. Schüller, head of the Austrian Priests' Initiative, is traveling around the country urging Catholics to speak freely about their concerns for the church.
The crowd, which was made of mostly older people and many nuns, represented those whose anger and frustration with the church have found expression in local organizations.
Catholics need to return to the spirit of Vatican II and "become citizens of the church again," Schüller said, urging women to continue speaking out for their rights.
Fr. Helmut Schüller has so far escaped censure and remains a priest in good standing, and he credits progressive Catholics and the money they provide to the hierarchy.
Fr. Helmut Schüller told the crowd gathered Wednesday in Chicago that young people "don't have patience. They say, 'We shouldn't wait; we should do it.' "
Grace on the Margins: There are many things Austrian Fr. Helmut Schüller has to say about topics the media have not yet covered.
The Catholic Church needs to restore a synodal structure of governance and end its current form of highly centralized Vatican rule, said Fr. Helmut Schuller, leader of a group of Austrian priests advocating priestly ordination of women and married men and other church reforms, during a July 22 luncheon in Washington.
Women who have chosen to become ordained Catholic priests are "very prophetic," Fr. Helmut Schüller told a group of journalists Monday.