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R O O T  &  B R A N C H

A COMMUNITY FOR REFORM IN THE

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

Root & Branch works for

a safe, just and inclusive Roman Catholic Church.

Thursday 20th June, 8pm London time. Why do we feel as we do? How that might affect our thinking and behaviour? And what does it have to do with our relationship with the Church? Especially, what stops us moving forward and just being the church we want to see? The Church has spent centuries telling us what to think. But our feelings arise naturally. We cannot be told what to feel. In our relationship with the Church, we can have positive emotions such as joy, peace and meaning. But also many negative ones such as anger, betrayal, frustration or resentment at control. To explore these paradoxes in some depth, Penny and Kevin will be in gentle conversation on Thursday 20th June, 8pm London time. With a special emphasis on the emotional cost of being Catholic. Bring your questions with you, or find them rising in your heart as we listen. We expect an honest, lively, open and personal discussion from these two professionals, both of whom work in mental health. And it will give us all a taster of Penny’s much-anticipated session, EMPOWERING OURSELVES - Flourish & Thrive, 30th Aug - 1st Sept, both online and live in-person at Hinsley Hall. So please do join us; drop in, as it were, and curl up with a coffee with us on 20th June. Much of what you hear may resonate with what’s going on inside you.

Doris Reisinger - 7 Points to Spiritual Abuse
 
Doris Reisinger (Wagner) is a survivor of spiritual and sexual abuse. She holds a Masters degree in Theology and a PhD in Philosophy. She is an expert on clergy sexual abuse and spiritual abuse, and a well-known author and activist.

She currently researches spirituality and power at the department for Catholic Theology at Goethe  University, Frankfurt am Maine, with a focus on the spiritual constitution of power, as well as gender aspects of sexual abuse in religious contexts, and women's experiences of violence in the Roman Catholic Church.

In her acceptance speech for the Sr. Christine Schenk Award for Young Catholic Leaders in 2020, she said, “That is one of the worst aspects of abuse; that it comes to you as a complete shock, and remains incomprehensible for a long time.” “I had never heard of spiritual abuse in the Catholic Church, let alone of priests who sexually abuse and rape nuns. Nor had my fellow sisters, nor my parents, nor anybody I knew. That such a thing was even possible, had never come to my mind. So when it happened to me, I could not decode it at first, and when I began to understand what had happened, my brain stopped."

We are honoured that Doris is coming to us on 12th June. She will use the opportunity to explore 7 points to spiritual abuse including some basic and some more specific points. Underlying her forensic analysis is her outlook:

"I’m not exactly optimistic that any meaningful reform of our Church is even possible. But at the same time, I know that it would be terribly wrong not even to try. Because, if faith is about anything at all, it is about hope. Because, despite all the efforts of self-righteous rulers, darkness will not prevail."

Do not miss this opportunity to spend the evening with her. We look forward to welcoming you.

Wednesday 12th June 8pm London time
3pm EDT, 12 noon PDT
Thursday 13th June,  5am AEST, 7am NZST

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EMPOWERING OURSELVES

FLOURISH AND THRIVE

 

TONY FLANNERY

REDEMPTORIST

will be our 

Keynote Speaker

at

HINSLEY HALL

Leeds LS6 2BX

 

Friday 30th Aug - Sun 1st Sep

All the videos from the Spirit Unbounded Lay Synodal Assembly 

in Bristol and Rome in October 2023

now free to view.

Click here

WHAT DOES R&B DO?

WE WORK FOR A SAFE, JUST AND INCLUSIVE CHURCH

 

R&B DIY
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Synod Watch

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Stolen Lives

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Laudato Si'

Visit our  Stolen Lives page

to view and download our

Learning Resource and flyer, 

which was officially released

on Wednesday 17th May 2023. 

Visit our Justice & Peace page

to view the recording of 

'Building a Just Society:Economic Justice'

talk held on Thursday 27th April 2023

OUR FIRST LAY-LED SYNOD

concluded live in Bristol and online

5th - 12th September, 2021

The Bristol Text now also in Italian, Spanish and French
as well as a much praised Plain English version  

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"Like a feather on the breath of God..."

- St Hildegard of Bingen, 1098-1179,
Abbess and Visionary

Woman Walking in the Field

It is my dream you dream,

my house you build,

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