Occupy the Church?

Tom Beaudoin suggests another occupation site.

At Occupy London, organizers moved from the London Stock Exchange to St. Paul’s Cathedral, where as many as 250 protesters set up tents. As police prepared to “protect” the building, the cleric in charge of the facility, Giles Fraser, intervened. “Canon Fraser came out to greet us. It was amazing,” protesters said. “He defended the right to protest [and] asked the police to leave, and they did!”

Occupy, of course, is not a new concept. Christ invited occupation, even when it’s an annoyance.

Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11:5-10)

The corporate media sites are centering on what will sell: tales of violence and a lack of manners. The violent and unmannerly are also to be found behind the locked doors of boardrooms.

Speaking for myself, I would like to see churches occupied. When my last parish was mentioned as a target of SNAP protests on a particular upcoming Sunday, I urged we welcome the protesters. Invite them in after Mass for coffee. Speak kindly to them outside. We have nothing to fear from those who ask, seek, and knock.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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5 Responses to Occupy the Church?

  1. John Drake says:

    SNAP does nor “ask, seek, knock.” They are opportunistic money-grubbers, capitalizing on a small numbers of sinful, criminal priests to line their pockets, and those of their even more-money-grubbing attorneys.

  2. Christian Cosas says:

    When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.” (Mt 9:11-13)

  3. Jimmy Mac says:

    What seems to be in contention here is to whom does the church belong? Those who hold title to the property, or those for whom the building, parish and supporting structure exists.

  4. crystal says:

    Jesus sort of occupied the temple when he chased everyone out.

    Strange that the church is all over protesting against nuclear facilities and abortion clinics but they don’t respect the reversal.

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