For December 2014 reading...

Repair My HouseRepair My House, Becoming a "Kindom" Catholic by Michael Crosby

In the face of broad crIsIs In the CatholIc Church today, MIchael Crosby offers a renewed vIsIon of the CatholIc story.

"Repair my house." St. Francis of Assisi heard this instruction from a crucifix in a ruined chapel, inspiring his radical mission of church renewal.

Today the Catholic Church confronts the need for a similar mission of repair and renewal. The signs of crisis are only too evident. It is felt in the sex abuse scandal and the questions it has raised about internal structures of authority and clerical culture. But it can also be felt in the challenge from a spate of "new atheists" who question traditional worldviews, and dismiss religion and believers as irrelevant—or worse. Meanwhile the percentage of those identifying themselves as "former Catholics" grows at an alarming rate; if there was such a denomination it would be the second largest in the United States.

In response, Fr. Crosby sees a challenge to all the church: to return to the basic message of Jesus Christ, a message that is supported, not contradicted, by advances in science and cosmology. Crosby envisions a new way of being Catholic and a set of practices that draws on the contemplative, compassionate, and life-giving spirit of Christ's Kingdom (or "Kindom," as Crosby translates)—a vision of God's Trinitarian reality to be brought about on earth as it is in heaven.

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 Michael Crosby

Michael H. Crosby is a Capuchin Franciscan. He lives in community with other friars in a downtown Milwaukee parish that serves the urban poor, homeless and marginated. His own ministry revolves around his attempt to proclaim the gospel of God's Trinitarian reign and the conversion that is needed to bring about Trinitarian relationships of equality at all levels "on earth as it is in heaven." Specifically it attempts to help develop a spirituality of discipleship for U.S. and other "First World" Catholics. This effort has two main expressions: corporate reform and church reform.

Since 1973 Michael has been a pioneer among Catholics in promoting corporate reform through socially responsible investing. He was influential in getting Catholics to work with the Protestant and Jewish communities in this effort at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). He has been very involved in a wide range of issues--from South Africa and infant formula to climate change and tobacco control. He coordinates the work of religious institutions in the Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, Dakotas (WIM/CRI) who are part of the ICCR.

Michael's preaching and writing on contemporary biblical discipleship has taken him around the world. Toward this end he gives retreats, workshops and parish missions. He has written seventeen books. His latest books have received awards from the Catholic Press Association of Canada and the United States, including a First Place for his Can Religious Life Be Prophetic? His latest books are: Finding Francis, Following Christ (Orbis:2007) and The Paradox of Power: Moving from Control to Compassion in a Violent World (Crossroads:2008). In 2008 the book on Francis received 2nd place for books on "Spirituality" from the Catholic Press Association of Canada and the United States.

Photo credit: Western Catholic Reporter