Jesus came to set us free. He was a liberator. Christianity is about nothing if it is not about liberation. Liberation from sin; liberation from death; liberation from all fear.
As clear as any sign I know the current leadership of our church is on a misguided course is its use of fear to have its way. Creating a fearful climate is the antithesis of building Christian community.
And yet I hear it again and again, from within religious communities, form theologians, from priests, from lay people everywhere. People are afraid to express themselves as Catholic/Christians lest they be penalized, exiled.
And now we read about the sad story of Jesuit Fr. Bill Brennan, a 92-year-old Milwaukee-area priest, who has been removed from priestly duties because he shared a liturgy with a woman.