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00spc.gif (820 bytes) ..A new mailing list dedicated to the work of Father Andrew Greeley in his tripartite identity as:

Priest / Sociologist / Story-teller ...

is available as of 11 July, 1996. Listowners are Ingrid Shafer, Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (who will do the actual running of the list) and Leonard Swidler, Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University (who has arranged for the location of the list in the Temple computer system).

In this list we want to give Greeley's global audience a chance to share their reading of Greeley's work, connect his stories to their own lives, meet one another, and build on Greeley's fundamental vision as starting point for imaging the Catholic Church for the next millennium--in the words of super sleuth Father Blackie (long before his promotion to bishop), "in communities that support instead of control, that fight envy instead of institutionalizing it, communities in which power is in the service of love" (Virgin and Martyr).

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More recently, in White Smoke; a Novel About the Next Papal Conclave one of the fictional contenders for the papacy, Don Luis says in a public speech

Above all we must not be afraid. . . . We must change in order to remain the same. We must not confuse what is essential in the Church with that which is mutable, no matter how ancient it may be. . . . No custom and no tradition which is not of the essence of our message, no matter how old, should escape reexamination. And no custom and no tradition, no matter how new, should be abandoned until we carefully consider the costs of doing so. We must be willing to experiment, to modify, to refine before we change.

We must be open, sensitive, and above all hopeful. We must be ready to dialogue with everyone.... While we must certainly recognize the presence of evil in the world and the threats to human dignity and freedom that evil poses, we must also recognize the goodness and good will in the world and become partisans of goodness and good will.

... So many of our lay people believe that ours is a Church of rules, that being Catholic consists of keeping rules. They do not find an institution which is like that very appealing. Nor should they.

In fact, we are a Church of love. Our message from the Lord himself even today is the message that God is Love and that we are those who are trying, however badly, to reflect that love in the world....

More important for us today, however, is the reaffirmation that we exist to preach a God of love, we try to be people of love, and we want our church to be, insofar as we poor humans can make it, a Church of radiant love.

Does such a Church have a future?
How could it not?

This platform speech and the church that emerges from it set the parameters for our list.

While nuanced, scholarly discussion is encouraged (I've published three academic books dealing with Greeley and scads of articles), this list is as much an extension of Father Greeley's mailbox parish as it is a seminar in story theology or the sociology of religion. GREELEY@LISTSERV.TEMPLE.EDU is an on-line community for Greeley's parishioners all over the world. Objective, respectful criticism supported by evidence is acceptable.

Flaming will not be tolerated.
Offenders will be warned, and any repetition will result in immediate suspension.

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