Final Paper to the NCC
From: Fr. David Gerardot and Deacon John Boylan
The Ecumenical Catholic Communion:
A Theological Predisposition on Mass Incarceration
We of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) unabashedly embrace our God-given Prophetic Voice. We advocate, most especially, on behalf of the poor and the marginalized. Such are the incarcerated. Presently, the issue of "Mass Incarceration" is before us. In addressing this issue, we bring to bear, as part of our discernment, the traditional lens of the Church's social teaching. This includes giving primary consideration to the following principles: 1) the Dignity of the Human Person, 2) the Community and the Common Good, 3) the Preferential Option for the Poor, and 4) Subsidiarity.
The Dignity of the Human Person:
The Gospel stance must necessarily summon the courage, the perseverance, and the love to see the "other", the one who has harmed the community, as still being a part of the community that seeks to remain humane, compassionate, and just. The strictly power stance seeks punishment for its own sake. The Gospel stance seeks reconciliation and healing, often under very difficult and complex circumstances. Indeed, some (including those who have caused harm) may not desire reconciliation and healing and will resist it.
We of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) believe that we as human beings are far more than the worse thing any of us has ever done. We hold that there is a transcendent Goodness within each person, a Divine Presence. From this, we derive the aforementioned principle of the Dignity of the Human Person
. Incarceration without reconciliation makes a mockery of this understanding.
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Holy Synod 2014
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The ECC elects next Presiding Bishop
The Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) elected Rev. Frank Krebs as its next Presiding Bishop on October 8, 2014 at its Synod in Aurora, CO. The election required a two-thirds vote of the delegates of the House of Laity and the House of Pastors. He was elected on the first ballot. He was then consecrated a bishop on Friday, October 10, 2014 during the Communion Synod. He will serve as Co-Adjutor until September, 2015, when our current Presiding Bishop, Peter Hickman, completes his term. At that point Bishop Francis will be installed as Presiding Bishop.
Bishop Francis currently serves as pastor of Sts. Clare & Francis community in St. Louis, and has previously served the Communion as Vicar of the Midwest Region and President of the House of Pastors.
Published on Oct 30, 2012
Bishop Peter speaking to the delegates of the 2012 ECC Synod
Published on Oct 10, 2014