16 February 2009

CWOT

Thanks to the reader who emailed this beauty. The USCCB actually publicized this debacle. Can someone explain to me just how does this advance the faith? I guess the definition of true interreligious dialogue would be if a proponent of Catholicism were allowed to speak.

Ch'an/Zen Catholic Dialogue Spreads 'Welcome Table' at Retreat

WASHINGTON—The ongoing Ch'an/Zen Catholic Dialogue explored the dialogue of religious experience and the dialogue of life at a retreat meeting. Rev. Heng Sure of the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery and the Institute for World Religions, Berkeley, California, and Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City co-chaired the January 28-31 meeting.

Sister of Charity Mary Ann Donovan of the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, led an experience of Lectio Divina based on the vine and the braches image of John 15:1-17. Rev. Victoria Austin of the San Francisco Zen Center gave an "encouragement talk," one typically delivered to Zen retreatants. She referred to the Gospel passage and said that "we don't prune the vine because it is dead, but because it has the capacity to be fruitful. We don't purify the mind to get rid of dirt, but to return to the mind's original purity, which is the source of our conscience and is the true life within us."

Rev. Jan Chosen Bays of Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon, observed that "vows make our life energy more focused, keeping us from losing purpose and meaning. Vows prune away unnecessary things. When we ask for help with the challenge of being faithful to our vows, we call up and encounter unexpected sources of support and 'grace'."

The Ch'an Buddhist presentation focused on the meditation experience, described as "recovering the natural state of the mind." Martin Verhoeven, Ph.D., of the Pacific School of Religion, said that in meditation "we are returning to the origin, not moving forward to 'gain something'." Linking ethical engagement with contemplation, he noted that "when the mind of a meditator is motivated to act out of genuine compassion, its action is accurate and correct. Action is neither driven nor obstructed by ego or sentiment."

These comments resonated with Rev. Heng Sure's call for Buddhist and Christian monastics to embrace an ecologically valid way of life. Noting the connections between contemplation and ethical action, Bishop Wester said that "this work embodies mercy by lifting people up; it embodies justice as it arises out of our common humanity."

Financial challenges impelled the group to conclude formal sponsorship of the dialogue with this meeting but to reconstitute the dialogue regionally. Members designated a steering committee to develop logistics and draft a narrative of the previous seven years of dialogue for posting on their respective Web sites.

Participants: Rev. Sure, Berkeley Buddhist Monastery; Bishop Wester; Snjezana Akpinar, Ph.D, Dharma Realm Buddhist University; Rev. Austin; Rev. Jan Chozen Bays, Great Vow Zen Monastery; Sister of Notre Dame Phyllis D'Anna, Zen Center, Palo Alto; Sister Donovan; Ron Epstein, Ph.D., Dharma Realm Buddhist Association; Lorraine Moriarty, Society of St. Vincent De Paul; Bhikshuni Heng Jiao, CTTB (City of 10,000 Buddhas); Bhikshuni Heng Liang, CTTB; Father Francis Tiso, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB); Father James Massa, USCCB; Father Thomas W. Devereaux, Diocese of Santa Rosa, California, ecumenical and interreligious officer; Verhoeven; and Ron Brown, observer, Cloverdale, California.

10 comments:

Long-Skirts said...

In March of 2004 (go to URL below)

http://sspx.org/RCRpdfs/2004_rcrs/march_%202004_rcr.pdf

Fr. Michael McMahon, SSPX, Headmaster, now at Notre Dame De LaSalette Boys Academy in Olivet, IL, took our Catholic High Scool boys to pray the Rosary while Buddhist Monks prayed in St. Adalbert's Basilica's sanctuary in Grand Rapids, Michigan where the Buddhist Monks had been invited by the Grand Rapid's "Catholic" Bishop. Every March since, Fr. McMahon takes our boys back to St. Adalbert's to pray the Rosary thanking our Lady for victory that cold March day.

My boys are and have been being prepared by the fearless SSPX Priests to become future Fathers of the hearth and Altar. Viva Christo Rey!!


FIGHTIN'
FATHER
McMAHON

St. Patrick saved the Irish
Columba...monks he gave,
Flanigan built up Boys Town
Where boys their souls could save.

Bur have ya heard the story
Of fightin' Father McMahon
Who battled back the Buddhists
The way a Catholic can?

The True Faith yes he stood for
A Christ-like priest so humble.
The Buddhist "monks" stood clueless
And then began the rumble.

But not the kind of rumble
From God-less violent deeds
No pagan chanting mumble
But roaring Rosary beads.

And then the wind she blew
A rapid grand tornado
When fightin' Father McMahon
Intoned our Catholic Credo!

So gather round my children,
All false faiths we must ban
From Holy Mother's Churches...
Like
Fightin'
Father
McMahon!

Anonymous said...

Long Skirts

What victory were they thanking Mary for?

Gregory Thaumaturgas said...

Isn't that picture from Monty Pythons flying circus???

thetimman said...

From the Ministry of Silly Walks, I believe.

Long-Skirts said...

TGL asked:

"What victory were they thanking Mary for?"

They were thanking our Blessed Mother for the Buddhists monks walking out of the Sanctuary so Father and our Catholic boys could remove the pagan images up in the Sanctuary and continue their Rosaries peacefully until the Bishop called the police. Thank Heavens the police were extremely polite to Fr. McMahon and didn't understand why the Bishop wanted to oust him. They go back to thank our Blessed Mother, yearly for their Catholic Faith which they will defend, peacefully, when possible in and outside of her Churches. Deo Gratias...Christ never has left us orphans!

thetimman said...

Long-Skirts,

Score!

Anonymous said...

"Father" McMahon sounds like he owes a big fat apology to the Catholic Bishop of Grand Rapids.

Anonymous said...

TGL,

You certainly can't be serious? Did Jesus owe an apology to the Jews for getting angry and throwing them out of the temple for desecrating His Father's house?

It looks like our blessed pope needs to seriously clean up The Church in order to save it. I'm sure he is starting slowly with a bit of dusting, then he'll get on to the heavy cleaning later.

Anonymous said...

TGL said...

"Father" McMahon sounds like he owes a big fat apology to the Catholic Bishop of Grand Rapids.

THE
LILY

(The martyrs were bound, imprisoned, scourged, racked, burnt, rent, butchered —and they multiplied.) St. Augustine

NO BURNING, TEARING,
SCOURGING SKIN
IT'S PSYCHOLOGICAL
ALL WITHIN.

NO ROTTING FLESH
OR PUTRID BLOOD
IT'S STERILE CLEAN
NO RANCID CRUD

FOR BUTCHERED, TORTURED,
BOUND UP SKINS
REVEALS THE TRUTHS
OF BISHOPS SINS.

THEY WANT IT NICE
THEY WANT IT HUSHED
WITH VEINS OF ICE
GOOD SOULS ARE CRUSHED.

THE SILENT COLD
IS BETTER YET
FROZEN, SOLID,
CAN'T BEGET

FOR MARTYRED BLOOD
REVEALS THE CHURCH
BLIND SOULS SEE TRUTH
AND END THEIR SEARCH.

"WE CAN'T HAVE THAT!"
THE BISHOPS SAY.
"SO LET'S IGNORE...
THEY'LL GO AWAY."

"ENLIGHTENED MEN
DON'T SCOURGE THE SKIN
ENLIGHTENED MEN
KEEP BLOOD WITHIN."

BUT THEY FORGOT...
THE WOMAN BLEEDS
AND MONTHLY MAKES
A BED FOR SEEDS

WHERE "NICE" AND "HUSHED"
THEY'LL GROW TO MEN
AND SEIZE THE OARS
FROM WRISTS THAT BEND...

ON PETER'S BARK
WHERE BLOOD STILL FLOWS
FROM WOMAN'S WOMB...
THE LILY GROWS!

Anonymous said...

Be not confused. It's pure apostasy.

Javier