"…In fairness to the Catholic church … it was good Catholic theology that gave me the authority and self-confidence to talk the way I talk. Catholicism made me who I am. It's ironic and here I end up being very critical of much of Catholicism, and yet, Catholicism gave me the key to unlock that from inside and not outside.
"It's all there. Catholic theology, when it's good, is really good. It's incarnational. It's inclusive. It unlocks itself from inside. It's capable of self-criticism. But it is such a small percentage that ever gets to that, it seems."
So says Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr whom I met and talked with a few years ago, up the road in Hamilton. They could be my words as well, though I didn’t get the benefit of “good Catholic theology” or the rich Spirituality of the Catholic tradition until my own adult questions and the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling brought me back to my beginning.
You can read the whole Rohr thought-piece here - How you get there: The contemplative tradition grounds emerging Christianity. It’s about Richard Rohr and written by Tom Roberts, NCR editor at large, who is travelling the US reporting on Catholic Parish life.