The priest-led dissent group Call to Action has held or is planning to hold meetings in the dioceses of Westminster, Birmingham, Nottingham and Brentwood during November and December.
Call to Action is the initiative of seven English priests who published a letter in The Tablet in June 2012 protesting about the Church’s teaching on sexuality, and married priests, expressing opposition to the new translation of the Mass and antagonism towards the Holy See. For example, regarding the Church’s moral teaching about sexuality they use the code words ‘listening to the lived reality of people’ to indicate that the Church should change its teaching on contraception, divorce and homosexuality:
‘The bishops speak of “fostering and encouraging a culture of dialogue and solidarity” but, in reality, there is little opportunity or forum for this and there seems a reluctance to listen to the people whose lived reality is so often at odds with the teaching of the institutional Church. This is especially true in reading the signs of the times; i.e. matters of developing a theology of sexuality rooted in the actual experiences of the faithful and developing an understanding of the relationships between evolution and religion. The sensus fidelium seems forgotten.’
The homosexual activist Terence Wheldon of the Soho Masses Pastoral Council is a prominent contributor to the Call to Action website.
One of these meetings is taking place in my own diocese. I was shocked to discover that they have been excommunicated in the USA, details here.
I took some time to have a look at their website and answer some of the misleading statements they have posted there, see here.
One of the most interesting aspects to this is the guy who is leading it in Brentwood diocese is a laicized ex-priest who seems to be hugely in breach of the terms of his rescript, at least according to what Jimmy Akin has to say, notwithstanding the 2011 Cardinal Dias letter to a quaeritur - according to him it is now at a Bishop’s discretion whether a laicized/dispensed Priest can teach or be an extraordinary minister of Holy communion. But ALL other proscriptions remain - including any major pastoral role. Does anyone know more about this and what (if anything) can be done?