Austrian Fr. Helmut Schüller said the word "disobedience" upsets many people, but he said he feels "the church often misuses obedience to keep people down."
Schüller Tipping Point Tour
Hundreds lined up early at the First Church and Parish in Dedham, Mass., Wednesday to hear Austrian priest Helmut Schüller speak about his ideas for reform in the Catholic church, reports WBUR, NPR's station in Boston.
Schüller was scheduled to speak at St. Susanna Parish until Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley in June barred him from speaking on archdiocesan property.
Since yesterday’s posting about the kickoff of Father Helmut Schüller’s “Catholic Tipping Point: Conversations” tour, emails have been pouring in about his schedule for the next three weeks. Though his events in New York City and Boston are now complete, there are thirteen stops ahead in Philadelphia, and throughout the Midwest and West Coast. His final stop, on August 7, will be on Long Island.
Grace on the Margins: "Full participation of church citizens is a question of respect for human beings," Schüller said Tuesday.
NCR Today: Jamie Manson was at Fr. Helmut Schüller's first tour stop last night. Here's her quick take.
Expressing concern that the priest's message will "damage the unity" of the church, the Philadelphia archdiocese prohibited the Austrian priest from speaking at any diocesan-related facility.
Fr. Helmut Schüller, a leader in Austria's call for church reform, will bring his message to the United States this summer in his first American speaking tour.
Sponsored by 12 Catholic organizations, Schüller will begin his "Catholic Tipping Point" tour July 16 in New York and visit 15 cities coast to coast.
NCR Today: Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley says Fr. Helmut Schüller can't speak on archdiocesan property, forcing a rescheduling of the Boston leg of his 15-city tour.
Young Voices: Several outspoken people in the church worldwide are testing ideas to create a community that engages everyone equally.
Fr. Helmut Schüller, a leader of church reform in Austria, is coming to the United States for a 15-city speaking tour from July 16 through Aug. 6.
In March, just as Pope Francis was elected, The New York Times featured Schüller as a "rebellious priest" who comes from what "might well be the unruliest country in the Catholic world."