Catholics seeking changes in church will hold...

RELIGION NOTES

September 23, 1993|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

Catholics seeking changes in church will hold seminar

Maryland Roman Catholics seeking changes in their church and more open discussion of problems they say are not being addressed by leaders of the Archdiocese of Baltimore have planned the second in a series of public programs for Oct. 9.

The Rev. Michael H. Crosby, a Capuchin Franciscan priest, theologian and author from Milwaukee, will address the seminar and lead the discussion from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Martin's Caterers, 2701 W. Patapsco Avenue in Southwest Baltimore.

The subject of Father Crosby's talk, "The Dysfunctional Church," is also the title of one of his books.

The chief sponsor of the discussion series is the Baltimore affiliate of Call To Action, a member-supported national organization of Catholic lay people, nuns and priests.

Co-sponsoring the Oct. 9 program are Corpus-Baltimore, the local branch of an international group of married Catholic priests; the Federation of Christian Ministries; New Ways Ministry; Pax Christi-Baltimore; and WomanChurch.

"Instead of meeting the needs and celebrating the gifts of its members, the [Catholic] church is plagued with barriers and restrictions that have crippled both leaders and followers," said Fred Ruof, one of the planners of the seminar. Among those restrictions, he said, are the bars to a married clergy and female priests.

The 3-year-old Call to Action-Baltimore group hopes to stimulate answers to the question, "How can we alter this dysfunctional relationship and live Christian life to its fullest?" Mr. Ruof said.

Last spring, the group conducted a seminar called "The Parish in the 21st Century." A public discussion of small Christian communities as alternatives to large parishes is scheduled for March. Father Crosby also will address a national Call To Action conference Oct. 29-31 in Chicago.

Other participants at the Chicago conference will include Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton of the Archdiocese of Detroit; the Rev. Charles E. Curran, theologian and former professor at Catholic University in Washington whose teachings on human sexuality brought him into conflict with the Vatican; the Rev. Miguel D'Escoto, a Maryknoll priest who was foreign minister in the Sandinista government of Nicaragua in the 1980s; the Rev. Patrick Brennan, founder and president of the National Center for Evangelization and Renewal; and Ruth Fitzpatrick, national coordinator of the Women's Ordination Conference.

Information: 494-0302 or, in the evening, 467-6913 and 583-1466.

Affordable housing

The Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore will break ground at 10 a.m. Monday at Towne Center Place and Old Court Road in Pikesville for the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House, a 116-unit apartment building for elderly residents.

Funding has been obtained from the Baltimore County, state and federal governments, and from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The developer is Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc., an agency of the Jewish federation.

Information: 727-4828, Ext. 306.

Writer to speak

The Rev. Ken Krivohlavek, an evangelist and author from Lenexa, Kan., will conduct a "Bible Deliverance Revival" Sunday through Oct. 1 at Bethel Assembly of God, 7360 Waldman Ave. in Edgemere.

Services are at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. weekdays.

Mr. Krivohlavek, who has been a pastor in Missouri, Nebraska and Idaho, is the author of three books, "Love-Courtship-Marriage," "Christian Marriage Adjustments" and "Desire Spiritual Gifts." The Rev. Randy Johnson, Bethel's pastor, said the evangelist will emphasize biblical promises of healing and strength.

A singing ministry

The Rev. Robert Sullivan will lead a "Saturday Night Sing," featuring Gospel musical groups from several Baltimore-area congregations, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Lighthouse Baptist Church of Fells Point, 2002 Eastern Ave.

Refreshments will be served, and admission is free.

Mercy Day

The founding of the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, 166 years ago will be commemorated tomorrow around the world. The religious order staffs Baltimore's Mercy Medical Center, area schools and other ministries.

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