Recommended BOOKS and Articles:
December 2020 Books
*The Bible:  “
The Gospel of Mark”
*The McCarrick Report: 
It will change your mind about the pontificate of Pope John Paul II
*The Corrupter of Boys:  Sodomy, Scandal, and the Medieval Clergy. 
by Dyan Elliott (Very well researched.  Sheds light on the current abuse).  Dyan Elliott is a woman who takes a very different and historical  look into the abuse by priests throughout the Catholic Church’s history. 
Books on Racism and Feminism: 
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler.  Black Science  Fiction Writer.

The Commonweal Books Newsletter: November

Dear Commonweal reader,
This past week has been a nerve-wracking one. But as we wait for the winner to be called, it’s important to remember that an end to the election doesn’t mean an end to our injustices and divisions. In the November issue, the editors discuss Republicans’ abandonment of democratic governance; through tactics like voter suppression and rushing through a Supreme Court nomination, Donald Trump and Republicans have shown their devotion to minority rule and reliance upon the anti-democratic features of the Constitution. Brandon Sanchez explores the Hispanic Republican vote, insisting that if we assume all Hispanics are part of a liberal majority, we miss something fundamental about the U.S. itself. And Dorothy Fortenberry considers the support Donald Trump has expanded for himself over the last four years. Even without concrete policies to run on, Trump “makes people feel a way that no one else makes them feel. Powerful. Connected. In on a joke. It’s a celebration and he’s the host. It’s a revival and he’s the preacher.”
This month at Commonweal, we’re reading all about politics and political movements. A new book explores the “degrowth” movement and the economic reordering that could move us toward a sustainable future. We’re considering Matthew Yglesias’s argument that America not only could but in fact should dramatically increase its population to one billion. Check out Arundhati Roy’s essay collection, which chronicles the disappearance of freedom in the Indian subcontinent, as well as a new study of charter schools in New Orleans, which our reviewer calls “the best off-base book on public education that I have read to date.”
In fiction and literature, Valerie Sayers reviews Marilynne Robinson’s Jack, in which Robinson “offers the possibility of love and forgiveness alongside the reality of bitterness and violence.” We talk with Phil Klay about his debut novel, Missionaries, and the scattered, depersonalized nature of modern warfare. Check out Dan Chiasson’s latest poetry collection, which uses art as a way of joining the sublime and the earthly. And Anthony Domestico gives us his top picks for this month.

In theology and culture, Timothy Troutner critiques a new book about integralism; Catholics can’t ignore integralists’ arguments, Troutner writes, and must counter their ideas with a better foundation in tradition. And check out John Cottingham’s new book depicting belief as a live option for thoughtful, intellectually responsible people.
Until December,
Regina Munch
Assistant Editor

The Complicated Case of Hispanic Voters
Brandon Sanchez
If we assume all Hispanics are part of a liberal majority, we miss something fundamental about Hispanics in the United States and about the U.S. itself.
The New Integralists
Timothy Troutner
They get a lot wrong, but we can’t ignore them. They can only be defeated by offering a deeper, more expansive narrative of Catholic political thought.
Warnings from India
Nicole-Ann Lobo
Arundhati Roys new essay collection chronicles the disappearance of freedom in the Indian subcontinent.
Keeping Up with China
Matthew Mazewski
What is Yglesias’s rationale for the “one billion Americans” agenda? It essentially boils down to the tautology that “we have to stay on top.”

Book Releases We Can’t Wait For



Understanding Historical Alternative Catholic Experiences:
For those web visitors who want more information regarding the History and Current status of the Alternative Catholic Experience, we recommend the book:  “THE OTHER CATHOLICS” BY JULIE BYRNE   WEB LINKS
Here are some links to sites of potential interest to Roman and Other Catholics. They are grouped under various headings: The Ordination of Married Priests and Women; Structural Reforms in the Catholic Church; Social Policy and Social Justice; Catholic Intentional Eucharistic Communities; and Santa Barbara Area Sites. These sites change as much as the Catholic Imagination requires.

Multi-National Megasite Supporting Reform Worldwide
Catholic Church is a global community supporting decentralization of the Church. This movement began in 2013, following the election of Pope Francis. It gives voice to the sincere, worldwide hope that real dialogue and real changes will come about soon.

Sites Supporting the Ordination of Married Priests and
CORPUS website  CORPUS is a faith community affirming an inclusive priesthood rooted in a reformed and renewed Church.  If you are interested in current issues regarding the Married Priesthood you may be interested in this.

CORPUS blog . . . Our Blog is a portal to news, articles and resources enabling you to keep up-to-date in the Catholic Reform process.

Women’s Call to the Priesthood

Roman Catholic WomenPriests (RCWP).
The mission of Roman Catholic WomenPriests is to primarily spiritually prepare, ordain, and support women from all states of life, who are theologically qualified, who are committed to an inclusive model of Church, and who are called by the Holy Spirit and their communities to minister within the Roman Catholic Church.

Women’s Ordination Conference  The Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC) is the world’s oldest and largest organization working solely for the ordination of women as priests, deacons, and bishops into an inclusive and accountable Catholic Church.

Sites Calling for Structural Reforms in the Catholic Church
Future Church:  Click here for up to date information on Future Church  
Future Church seeks changes that will provide all Roman Catholics the opportunity to participate fully in Church life and leadership.  In Spanish, French, English, Italian, German.. www.futurechurch.

The American Catholic Council We ground ourselves in our common baptism giving us rights and responsibilities to continue the mission of Christ on earth. We are a movement of individuals and representatives of organizations committed to the fullness of the Catholic Church. As Vatican II Catholics we are united under a new banner, the American Catholic Council.

The International Movement We Are Church (IMWAC), founded in Rome in 1996, is committed to the renewal of the Roman Catholic Church on the basis of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and the theological spirit that has developed from it.

Call to Action educates, inspires and activates Catholics to act for justice and build inclusive communities through a lens of anti-racism and anti-oppression principles.  If you are just getting started in searching new ways of being Catholic, this is the site for you.

Social Policy and Social Justice Sites
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good promotes public policies and effective programs that enhance the inherent dignity of all, especially the poor and most vulnerable. . . “We accomplish our goals through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic media outreach, and engaging citizens in the service of the common good.”

JustFaith Ministries empowers ordinary people and their communities to become agents of God’s compassion and healing. Through workshops and programs, JustFaith Ministries helps participants to expand their commitment to social ministry within their faith communities.

Network is a progressive voice within the Catholic community that has been influencing Congress in favor of peace and justice for more than 30 years.  “Through lobbying and legislative advocacy, we strive to close the gap between rich and poor and to dismantle policies rooted in racism, greed and violence.”
“Nun’s on the Bus” was created from these concerns.

Catholic Intentional Eucharistic Communities – Gateway Sites Alternative Catholic Experience serves as a gateway to help you find an Intentional Eucharistic Community near to where you live or travel.  Another directory of IECs is found at the Intentional Eucharistic Communities site, below.

Intentional Eucharistic Communities (IECs) are those small faith communities, rooted in the Catholic tradition, which gather to celebrate Eucharist on a regular basis. Born in the enthusiasm flowing from Vatican II for a church of the people, some IECs were instituted in parishes, some were created as alternatives to the parish, some retain close ties with the institutional church, and some function independently. All are characterized by shared responsibility for the governance and life of the community.

Santa Barbara Area Communities that You may be interested in attending: 

Word and Life ZOOM:  A 43 year old Adult Study Group that meets on Most Thursdays from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon.  Usually at the First Presbyterian Church Santa Barbara on State Street.  Excellent speakers.
Catholic Church of the Beatitudes. Mass Saturdays 4:30 PM. Zoom
Please go to their website for Covid 19 updates

“Rooted in the values of compassion, peace, and justice as taught by Jesus the Christ, we are actively creating a new model of church through servant leadership. We honor the gifts of everyone, and recognize unity in diversity as we develop a community of equals.” Mass is celebrated Saturdays at 4:30pm at the First Congregational Church, 2101 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93015. We are affiliated with Roman Catholic Women Priests.