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Secrecy, Communication, and Communion in the Catholic Church
Narrated by: Kara Shallenberg
Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
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Shaw, widely known and read Catholic writer, speaker, and former communications director for the US Bishops, discusses the abuse of secrecy in the Church, the scandals it has caused, and the serious problem of mistrust that exists in the credibility of the Church. Not concerned with the legitimate secrecy that is necessary to protect confidentiality and peoples reputations, Shaw is rather concerned here with the stifling, deadening misuse of secrecy that has done immense harm to communion and community in the Church. The Church is a communion, not a political democracy, and thus, openness and accountability are crucial for the life of the Church.

He shows the secrecy issue is a theological as well as practical problem that raises such questions as: What kind of Church do we want our Church to be, open or closed? What kind of Church should it be? And how much secrecy is compatible with having such a Church? As Pope Benedict XVI has stated, "The consequence is clear: We cannot communicate with the Lord if we do not communicate with one another."

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