Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

The Prophetic Church

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

The Prophetic Church

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* So many of us belong to church within church. This marks the difference between institutional and prophetic church. This awareness bombarded me with the reading of two reports from recent issues of NCR.

The first was the news that the National Federation for Youth Ministry and the Military services archdiocese had joined forces to set up a ministry for youth in the military (NCR, Jan. 23). I was reminded that Catholic colleges have ROTC programs on campus.

The second report was of the clash of Fr. John Dear with the youth in the military in Spring, N.M. (NCR, Jan. 16). A more expansive report was given in The Catholic Peace Voice (January/February). The youth in the military stationed in a camp near Fr. Dear's church had deliberately decided to do their exercises in front of this house because of his outspoken opposition to the war. Standing yards away from his front door in the street in front of his house, they shouted and screamed, "Kill! …

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