How Catholics Can Realize the Royal Priesthood of the Laity and Rebuild a Church in Crisis

Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/15/18
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Location
University Club of Chicago

Hosted by
Lumen Christi Institute


How Catholics Can Realize the Royal Priesthood of the Laity and Rebuild a Church in Crisis

Lumen Christi Institute

Nov 15 12–1:30pm

The Church has long taught that all baptized Christians share in Christ’s royal priesthood, and that we are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people,” who should “declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

The current crisis in which the American Church finds herself lies in a failure to realize this common priestly vocation, and has led to clericalism, the cover-up of sexual abuse, lack of lay discipleship, and a dearth of vocations. Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, has developed a theology of the laity that addresses this theological misunderstanding. He has applied this theology of the laity both as co-founder of the St. Catherine of Siena Institute and as the co-founder of the Lay Mission Project of the Western Dominican Province.

Fr. Sweeney will speak to the suggestion of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger that we ought to recognize a lay office in the Church in order to promote the full participation of the laity in the Church’s mission, with a view to enabling a real collaboration between the laity and the hierarchy.

Fr. Sweeney will also participate on a panel discussion on similar topics on the afternoon of November 15.

Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, founded and directs the Lay Mission Project of the Western Dominican Province. Previously he served as President of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) in Berkeley, California. With Sherry Weddell, he founded the St. Catherine of Siena Institute, which equips parishes to form lay apostles. A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, he was ordained in 1979 and has served as a university chaplain and as a pastor in a parish setting. Fr. Sweeney gives lectures and workshops around the country on lay formation and the mission of the Church.

 

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