A Progressive Voice in the Catholic Church in the United States

Association of Pittsburgh Priests, 1966-2019

By Arthur J. McDonald

Foreword by Thomas J. Gumbleton

A Progressive Voice in the Catholic Church in the United States

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  • Pages: 222
  • Publication Date: 10/29/2019
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A Progressive Voice in the Catholic Church in the United States

Association of Pittsburgh Priests, 1966-2019

By Arthur J. McDonald

Foreword by Thomas J. Gumbleton

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  • ISBN: 9781532691478
  • Pages: 222
  • Publication Date: 10/29/2019
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About-

In the summer of 1966, one year after the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, a group of nineteen Roman Catholic priests met clandestinely in a church hall in a suburb of Pittsburgh to discuss forming an independent group of ordained clergy. Fearful that meeting publicly might be viewed as a threat to the authority of the local bishop, thus potentially risking sanctioning from him, they used numbers, not names, when circulating the minutes of the first two meetings. Once the word spread among the local clergy that such a group was meeting, and they realized there was widespread interest, they went public and invited all of Pittsburgh’s Catholic clergy, including the bishop, to their third meeting. They chose a name, the Association of Pittsburgh Priests (APP), and the group was launched.

Shortly after forming, and with interest from among over two-hundred clergy, APP began advocating for major church renewal and involvement in any number of social justice issues. Regarding church renewal, they grounded themselves in the documents of Vatican II, most especially Gaudium et Spes, Church in the Modern World, and soon lobbied for optional celibacy and married priesthood, women’s ordination, lay empowerment, including the promotion of the early church notion of the priesthood and prophethood of all believers. To this day, APP remains a force for change in the church and in society, ever true to its initial intuition to fully implement the renewal of church and society called for by the bishops at Vatican II.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Theologians, historians, sociologists of religion, and especially reform-minded Catholics should give deep thanks to Arthur McDonald for telling in print the story of the Association of Pittsburgh Priests (APP). The APP started in 1966 after the Second Vatican Council, bringing together study and activism to carry out the reform work of the church. This study has relevance especially today in the light of the ongoing developments in the Catholic Church.”

—Charles Curran, author of Diverse Voices in US Moral Theology



“What happened to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council? The history of the birth and development of the Association of Pittsburgh Priests narrates at the micro-level the efforts of courageous, prophetic priests and laity to implement the Council’s reforms while their bishops worked to maintain traditional hierarchical structures and stifle many of the Council’s efforts. McDonald’s work makes an outstanding contribution to understanding Catholic Church history.”

—Charles W. Dahm, OP, author of Power and Authority in the Catholic Church

Contributors-

Arthur J. McDonald
Thomas J. Gumbleton

Bio(s)-

Arthur J. McDonald wrote his doctoral dissertation on liberation theology in Peru at the University of Pittsburgh. Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1978 by the Dominican Order of Preachers, he served as a priest in the South Bronx until 1982. After leaving the Catholic ministry and marrying, he has served two Unitarian Universalist congregations, one in Pittsburgh, the other in Essex, Massachusetts, for twenty-six years until his retirement in 2017. He has also taught theology and religion at several colleges and universities. He now serves as minister emeritus at the Universalist (UU) Church of Essex.

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