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Occupy the Church: a strange dream

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With that, Ken unfolded a 3' by 3' newsprint sign that read "Justice for American Nuns!" He held it above his head and walked solemnly to the front of the church. There were more camera flashings. Soon Ken was joined by the 20 others lining themselves up across the front of the sanctuary. Fr. Philip looked embarrassed and confused.

Someone shouted from the congregation, "This is crazy! Sit down and shut up!"

"Hear, hear!" someone else added. There were murmurings all around.

Still, a few others from the pews joined Ken and the 20. The signs the demonstrators held made the pastor invisible.

One poster asked "Who Needs Reprimanding: Pedophiles or Our Sisters?

Another fairly shouted, "We're gone till the Pope Apologizes: REPENT, Herr Ratzinger!"

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One sign was nearly blasphemous. It read "Down with the Vatican All-Male Mafia and "Bennie the Rat' (Zinger!)."

(Now that's going a little too far, I thought. But then things like that happen in dreams.)

More camera flashes.

Presently the 20 Peace and Social Justice Committee members and those who had joined them were processing -- up the right side of the church, down the middle aisle and up the left side. They taped their posters to the narthex windows and walls. Soon they were gone.

Finally I awoke and thought "Hmm. . . Why not?"

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Mike Rivage-Seul is a liberation theologian and former Roman Catholic priest. Recently retired, he taught at Berea College in Kentucky for 36 years where he directed Berea's Peace and Social Justice Studies Program.Mike blogs (more...)
 

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