is the e-mail network for members of ARCC and progressive Catholics in
general. Like the Catholic Church, our membership is diverse, sociologically
and geographically. While most subscribers come from the U.S. and Canada,
we have active participants from all over the world. Whether lay or clerical,
old or young, female or male, we love our Church, but we do not identify
this love with blind obedience. As a People of God, we consider it our
duty to challenge the Church to become the best it can be and to help those
in charge distinguish the essential from elements that are a function of
time and culture. At the same time, we intend to remain firmly grounded
in what is truly valuable in our Catholic tradition. In this spirit we
are working on developing a Constitution for the Catholic Church.
you find the material in the ARCC site interesting, please consider joining
us on Vatican2. While we have an open-door policy, active participation
is limited to people who share the fundamental perspective of ARCC. If
you disagree with our way of being Catholic (or with being Catholic,
period), you are welcome to sign up and listen, but don't attack fellow
members for their ideas, don't try to convert us to an alternate view,
and under no circumstances forward anything posted on Vatican2 to others--especially
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we know that our Church has been pluralistic from the very beginning and
continues to have room for a wide spectrum of practices and and beliefs.
You might want to read Leonard Swidler's
Decalogue which presents an excellent introduction to the kind
of non-adversarial, respectful conversation we encourage on this list. Remember
that dialogue is neither debate nor preaching.
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Vatican2 was founded in spring of 1994 by Leonard
Swidler, Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue
at Temple University. Vatican2 is a network of those who wish to share
reflections and information in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council
and ARCC, that is, a turn toward: DYNAMIC understanding of
reality, DEMOCRATIZATION of church and world, DIALOGUE with
the other, and DIRECTING concern toward this world along with the interior
life. Vatican2 is co-owned by Leonard Swider and Ingrid
Shafer. All technical questions should be directed to Ingrid at email@example.com.