It's Time for a Catholic Congress

Not of the Washington, but of the Los Angeles sort. In a few days, the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress will set sail yet again, with tens of thousands of Catholics (and friends) on board for music, workshops, lectures, panels, liturgy, and all manner of Catholic revelry and reverie. In the multifarious peoples and their diverse practices gathered, this is the best annual snapshot of U.S. Catholicism. How many refrains of "One Bread, One Body" are hummed to pass the time! How many rosaries, scapulars, and holy cards are newly prized! How many Catholic deals go down! (And how many thousands will attend the popular sessions of Fr. James Martin, of this very blog and magazine?!)

This will be my ninth year of presenting at the Congress, and I’ll be offering two sessions. One is titled "Are Lay Catholics ’Secular’?", and will look at different meanings of secularity and their significance for lay Catholic practice. The other is a panel I’ll be moderating, "Spirituality and the Parenting of Lesbian and Gay Catholics," featuring four LA-area Catholics speaking about the topic. No doubt I will see many of you there, and I look forward to this annual Catholic carnival. It is the one time a year for me when hope for who Catholics are and may yet become is simply irrepressible. 

Advertisement

Tom Beaudoin

Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.
9 years 10 months ago
I think most of us orthodox catholics will pass on your little festival of dissent, thank you very much.

Advertisement

The latest from america

Screengrab from a viral video showcasing a confrontation between a Native American drummer and a group of Catholic high school students in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 18, 2019. Screenshot via YouTube.
Several clips of the encounter circulating on social media show a small group of Native American drummers, who were in Washington for the Indigenous People’s March, being surrounded by a much larger band of teenagers.
Pope Francis has suppressed the Ecclesia Dei Commission, a significant decision with consequences for the Holy See’s relations with the priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X.
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 19, 2019
Photo: IMDB
A new Netflix miniseries brings out the story’s aspects of adventure and conflict, with occasionally pulse-pounding results.
Rob Weinert-KendtJanuary 19, 2019
Protestors march to support a U.N. anti-corruption commission in Guatemala City on Jan. 6. Photo by Jackie McVicar.
“What they are doing not only puts Guatemala at risk but the entire region. Bit by bit, for more than a year, they have been trying to divide us. The elections are at risk. We are six months away.”
Jackie McVicarJanuary 18, 2019