Canadian archbishop to accept award from women’s ordination advocacy group ‘FutureChurch’

Canadian archbishop to accept award from women’s ordination advocacy group ‘FutureChurch’

Pete Baklinski

CLEVELAND, Ohio, September 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Canadian archbishop has agreed to accept an award from a dissident U.S. Catholic group tonight for his work in promoting female deacons within the Catholic Church during the 2015 Family Synod in Rome.

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of the Gatineau diocese in Quebec will receive the award from FutureChurch for what the group called his “visionary proposal during the 2015 Family Synod in Rome calling on bishops to discuss women deacons and expand leadership for women in the Church including greater opportunities for preaching.”

“Archbishop Durocher’s leadership deserves recognition because he calls the Church to fully recognize and engage women’s gifts, ministries and leadership, a key component of FutureChurch’s mission,” stated FutureChurch executive director Deborah Rose-Milavec in a press release.

The Archbishop is set to join the FutureChurch ceremony via Skype to accept the “Father Louis J. Trivison Award” and to share with the group his ongoing efforts to make his synod proposals a reality.

Durocher confirmed to the dissident National un-Catholic Reporter (NCR) yesterday that he will be accepting the award.

“I know that I am being given this award because of my intervention at the Synod last October inviting my brother bishops to study the question of women being ordained to the permanent diaconate,” Durocher told the NCR yesterday.

“This was one of a few proposals I made to recognize the gifts that women can bring to leadership and teaching functions within the Church. The heart of my intervention considered the ongoing violence perpetrated by men against their spouses in a conjugal relationship,” he added.

FutureChurch, founded in Ohio in the early 1990s, aims to “reinvent” the Church from the ground up by “re-convert[ing]” people to what the group’s vision for the “future of the Catholic Church.” FutureChurch and its leaders have advanced views that contradict basic teachings of the Catholic Church on various issues:

The consecrated bread and wine are not the body and blood of Jesus Christ, but the “real presence” is the people themselves.

Civilly divorced and remarried Catholics living in adultery should be able to receive Holy Communion.

The Church should open the priesthood to women as well as married men.

Christ did not give magisterial authority to Peter or any pope, but to all the baptized.

Sacred Scripture contains moral and theological errors that need to be purged, such as the Old and New Testament condemnations of homosexuality.

The conscience must be given primacy in “deciding issues of sexual morality…and in all moral decision making.”

Homosexuality, same-sex “marriage,” contraception should be allowed.

Mixes elements of New Age occultism into religious services.

LifeSiteNews called and e-mailed Archbishop Durocher to ask why he thinks it important to be honored by a group at odds with Church teaching, but did not receive a response.

Following the Archbishop’s reception of the award, the event will feature a keynote address by Father Charles Curran, who famously joined a revolt among U.S. theologians against Humanae Vitae in 1968. Curran has been investigated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith for his public condemnations of the Church’s teachings on matters such as abortion, contraception, and homosexuality. This month Fr. Curran signed his name to a statement demanding that the Church reverse its teaching against contraception found in Humanae Vitae.

The conference promotional materials say Curran will reflect on Amoris Laetitia and the role of conscience for Catholics today.

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2 comments on “Canadian archbishop to accept award from women’s ordination advocacy group ‘FutureChurch’

  1. It’s enlightening that the first “error” listed of this group naturally leads to all the others. IOW, if the Eucharist – the Blessed Sacrament – is merely “bread & wine” one need not fuss over who receives or offers it. Or what type of “lifestyle” they lead.

    Of course, for these groups that try to “re-invent” the Church, it’s always easier to destroy than build. That’s why their followers are aging hippie types. I mean, who wants to bother to belong to and bread & wine tasting club where anything goes? Tragically, this leaves youth trapped in an abyss of secular nihilism.

  2. Canadian archbishop defends award from heretical FutureChurch: I was ‘building bridges’

    Pete Baklinski

    GATINEAU, Quebec, September 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Canadian archbishop is defending an award he received Thursday night from a dissident U.S. Catholic group for his work in promoting female deacons within the Catholic Church during the 2015 Family Synod in Rome.

    “I believe in building bridges. I believe in dialogue. I might not agree with everything [FutureChurch] espouse[s], and you might not agree with everything I do, yet it is important that in the Church we never stop reaching out to each other and working together for the greater good whenever we can,” Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of the Gatineau diocese in Quebec said during his acceptance speech.

    But Michael Hichborn, President of the Lepanto Institute, told LifeSiteNews that “nothing good can come from ‘building bridges’ with an organization founded and rooted in heresy.”

    “Our first parents, who were in a state of perfect intellectual integrity, fell from grace because of their ‘dialogue’ with one whose intentions were dishonest from the beginning,” he said, adding, “His Excellency should consider that no canonized saint ever sought dialogue with heretical sects but rather condemned their errors and called them to renounce their false ideas and embrace the Church in all Her glory.”

    As LifeSiteNews reported earlier, FutureChurch aims to “reinvent” the Church from the ground up by “re-convert[ing]” people to what the group’s vision for the “future of the Catholic Church.” FutureChurch and its leaders have advanced views that contradict basic teachings of the Catholic Church on various issues, including:

    -The consecrated bread and wine are not the body and blood of Jesus Christ but the “real presence” is the people themselves.

    -Civilly divorced and remarried Catholics living in adultery should be able to receive Holy Communion.

    -The Church should open the priesthood to women as well as married men.

    -Christ did not give magisterial authority to Peter or any pope but to all the baptized.

    -Sacred Scripture contains moral and theological errors that need to be purged, such as the Old and New Testament condemnations of homosexuality.

    -The conscience must be given primacy in “deciding issues of sexual morality…and in all moral decision making.”

    -Homosexuality, same-sex “marriage,” contraception should be allowed.

    -Mixes elements of New Age occultism into religious services.

    The Archbishop joined the FutureChurch ceremony via Skype to accept the “Father Louis J. Trivison Award” and shared with the group the reason behind his Synod proposal on female deacons.

    Durocher said that while the “central topic” of his intervention was the “victimization of so many women within their marriages,” he felt that the Church could “not really speak with credibility on this issue” unless the Church restructured itself to “recognize and celebrate the inherent dignity of all women.”

    “So I suggested we seek ways to listen to the voices of women in our reflections on scripture, in our governance structures and, finally, by studying the possibility of ordaining women to the permanent diaconate,” he said.

    Pope St. John Paul II decreed for all time in his 1994 apostolic letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis that the “Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.” Following the example of Christ in selecting male apostles as the first priests, the Catholic Church holds that only a baptized man can validly receive sacred ordination. Because the diaconate is a part of the sacrament of holy orders, only men are permitted to be ordained deacons. While some scholars argue for a female diaconate by pointing to women in the early Church who appeared to function in that office, others argue that such women played a distinct role necessary for the times, but as a non-ordained minister.

    Durocher admitted in his speech that he accepted the award knowing full well that FutureChurch advances positions “that run counter to the Church’s teaching, particularly on the issue of the access of women to the priesthood.”

    Hichborn said the Archbishop’s acceptance of the award indicates a “crisis in the Church that has reached fever pitch.”

    “Has Archbishop Durocher no fear of God? The Archbishop should be condemning FutureChurch, not appearing to endorse it by accepting it’s accolades,” he said.

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