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COMING OUT AND STAYING
IN THE PRIESTHOOD
Speaker: Reverend Fred Daley
Pastor of All Saints Parish in Syracuse, New York
Sunday, April 15, 2018
20 Washington Square North
Father Daley Pastor of All Saints Parish in Syracuse will talk about his experience of coming out and staying in the priesthood. He will talk about what theologians are saying these days about his situation and what his life in like as Pastor of All Saints Parish. He will also discuss his involvement in Upper New York State Call to Action Chapter over the years. Last year an article in the National Catholic Reporter was quoted: “Daley expected condemnation, but instead received the "tremendous grace" of understanding and compassion.”
Fr. Fred Daley is a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, ordained on May 18, 1974. He is currently pastor of All Saints Church in Syracuse, a diverse and inclusive community with a strong Social Justice component. The parish is blessed with a LGBTQ Task Force which offers presentations to the greater community. A 3-evening "Gay and Catholic" Series and a 4-session Transgender Series were well received in recent years. The Parish has a Women's Task Force, Care for Creation Ministry, twins with a health care ministry in Villanueva, Nicaragua, a ministry to help young gay men get off the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, among other outreach ministries. Fr. Fred came out as a Celibate Gay Priest in 2004 and has found that his decision has enhanced his ministry and sense of wholeness.
Fr. Fred Daley
Pastor of All Saints Parish
How should we respond, joining together with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB),
in developing a plan to implement the good news of “Amoris Laetitia”?
We, the Catholics who are the church, are called to action in strengthening and sustaining all families:
We are called to dialogue with our leaders, who in turn are called to accompany us on this faith journey.
We are called to make moral decisions and life choices, formed by our conscience. The church is called to help form our consciences, not to replace them.
We are called to act, to engage and to support families in all the ways they are living.
We are called to pray, to engage the whole church in the power of intercessory prayer for wisdom and mercy in raising awareness of the message of “Amoris Laetitia”.
Join with the members of Call to Action, Metro NY Chapter, in the dialogue that Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the USCCB called for in his address on November 13, 2017, when he said, “It is the work of the church, the entire body of Christ, to work towards an ever-growing understanding of God’s truth.” Cardinal DiNardo asked us to speak with civility in debating issues of social challenge and social teaching.
Call to Action, Metro NY Chapter, is setting up a virtual study group to read and discuss “Amoris Laetitia”. We will explore our responsibility for the formation of our conscience and discernment. We will study each of the chapters of “Amoris Laetitia” and in doing so, will shape the prayers of the faithful in 2018. Beginning February 14th, we will start the conversation.
Join us in this prayerful conversation of how we, together with the American bishops, will implement “Amoris Laetitia”. Thus empowered, we will open the hearts and minds of our church to invite those on the margins, to join us in celebrating God’s love for each of us.
Buy a copy of “Amoris Laetitia” which can be purchased locally at Catholic book stores such as Pauline Books & Media (112 E 29 St in Manhattan), the St Francis Book Shop (135 W 31 St in Manhattan), or on Amazon. Start reading Chapter One. Sign up now by sending an email to CTAamorislaetitia@gmail.com to receive Study Guide Questions and learn how you can join the conversation.
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“Amoris Laetitia” is the result of Pope Francis’ prayerful reflection on the discussions and outcomes of two Synods of Bishops (an Extraordinary Synod in 2014 and an Ordinary Synod in 2015), on the subject of marriage and the family. The Synod of Bishops is an assembly of bishops who assist the Pope by providing counsel on questions facing the Church.
Pope Francis issued “Amoris Laetitia” in 2016 as an apostolic exhortation, a papal teaching on marriage and the family. Amoris Laetitia is Latin for “The Joy of Love”. Apostolic exhortations are used to share the conclusions reached by the Pope after prayerful consideration of the recommendations of a Synod of Bishops. Such documents are a means for the pope to exhort/encourage the faithful to a deeper life of Christian discipleship. The pope has asked the clergy to accompany the faithful in addressing challenges families face today.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have asked that all who care about the future of the family should read this apostolic exhortation and study it in its entirety. In their 2017-2020 Strategic Plan (Encountering the Mercy of Christ and Accompanying His People with Joy), one of the five USCCB priorities is family and marriage -- ways to encourage and heal families.
What is the good news of Amoris Laetitia? No one is condemned forever. The pope has asked us not to put so many conditions on mercy that we empty it of its meaning and significance.