Video Resources

Videos from first national gathering of the American Catholic Council in Detroit, Michigan, June 10-12, 2011

Opening Lament Prayer on Friday Evening, June 10th (Provided to us by the the good folks at Future Church); and Soundings of the Faithful on Saturday Morning (part of the report on the Listening Sessions that preceded Detroit):


Video Excerpts of James Carroll’s Keynote at the American Catholic Council in Detroit, June 11, 2011:
We are grateful to Catholica in Australia for posting the following two 15 minute excerpts of Carroll’s hour-long talk, Why I am A Catholic: Reclaiming the Commitment of the People of God.
Part 1:     Part 2:

Other Video Resources produced by the American Catholic Council prior to Detroit.

A Catholic Bill of Rights & Responsibilities
This video, featuring Dr. Anthony Padovano, was produced in early 2010 during the early development of the CBRR and is based on an earlier draft of the document and does not reflect edits to the document that ensued and the version that was finally adopted in Detroit in June, 2011. Nonetheless, the commentary is substantial and gives excellent background behind the CBRR.  For the text of the CBRR that was finally adopted in Detroit go to A Catholic Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Note: Video cuts off last 1:32 as it exceeds Utube capacity. We hope to re-record to reflect final version of CBRR and shorten to fit within U-tube capacity. 

 For the following, click the Title Links to access the video on Utube

Two Video Tutorials making the case for Collaborative Lay Leadership in the Catholic Church;
Presented by Professor Leonard Swidler of Temple University
Principles of Democracy for the Catholic Church

Constitutions for the Catholic Church


Electing Our Bishops Presented by Joseph F. O’Callaghan, Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at Fordham University. Overviews the history of how bishops have been selected since the beginning of the Church and poses recommendations on how the present process can be brought into compliance with church tradition.  Note: Video cuts off last 4:40 as it exceeds Utube capacity. We hope to split the file and re-install to Utube in two parts. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Tutorial on Church Councils: Also by O’Callaghan, this video overviews the
history of church councils, their relationships with popes, and the effects they have had within the church. 

Intentional Eucharistic Communities (IECs)
Considers the current status of the many small faith communities that presently
exist in the U.S. and how they have been formed. By one estimate there are nearly 500 such groups.  Though these communities are non-canonical, they have emerged as vibrant “intentional eucharistic communities” that exist parallel to typical “parish” communities and are harbingers of the emerging Church. Presented by Dr. William V. D’Antonio, Professor Emeritus at the University of Connecticut and Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America.

The Concept of an Autochthonous American Catholic Church
Presented by Robert Blair Kaiser, a former correspondent for the NY Times and Newsweek. Kaiser won several awards as a foreign correspondent including  his extensive coverage of the Vatican II. The word “autochthonous” means “indigenous” or “home grown” and is pronouced “aw-TOCK-thu-nus;”

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