It was 7:15 p.m. Friday (Aug. 2). Seats in the dimly lit auditorium adjacent to the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, Calif., were beginning to fill. More than 200 Catholics from the Los Angeles area had gathered to hear the presentation by Austrian priest Fr. Helmut Schüller, who is calling upon Catholics to defy church hierarchy … ‘We don’t have any rights in this church,’ he said. ‘You are I are citizens in two worlds: citizens of the secular society — a democratic society — and citizens of the church — citizens without any rights — in a dictatorship.’ Murmurs of agreement from the crowd at this indicate the message has resonated.” By Gabrielle Canon, National Catholic Reporter
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Fr. Schuller makes the last stop on his Catholic Tipping Point U.S. speaking tour in Manhasset, Long Island, tomorrow, Aug. 7.
Fr. Helmut Schuller in Los Angeles: Decrying ‘Dictatorship of Church Hierarchy’ / National Catholic Reporter