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Let me share with you something that has been tickling my brain over the last couple weeks.
I was reviewing the line-up of stories we have run online over the last week or so. Look at these:
- Austrians discuss obedience and disobedience ;
- Seattle parishes decline the archbishop’s invitation to help with a referendum on same-sex marriage ;
- Irish priests are silenced ;
- Pittsburgh priests challenge their bishop and he brings them in to talk things over .
- Lefebvrites invited back .
- LCWR disciplined .
I can’t shake the feeling that the Catholic church is on the verge of something.
Let me give you a hint of a couple stories that are coming in the next few days:
Parishes are going on strike. We will have a story about this from Platteville, Wis., and another from Amras, Austria.
There is a darkness in this lineup of tales of people treating each other badly, but running through it all I see glimmers of hope. Like the people in Cleveland  and Seattle, Platteville and Amras, Catholics everywhere are taking ownership of their church.
If you want learn about this, you will have to read it here. NCRonline.org has the full story.
But we will only have the means of getting these stories if you donate now .