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An ecumenucal gesture

January 10th, 2012, Promulgated by Mike

On January 2 Rev. Marvin McMickle officially took up the presidential reins at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

Rev. McMickle comes to Rochester from Cleveland where he spent the last two dozen years as pastor of Antioch Baptist Church,

… one of the city’s largest and most prestigious black churches. Three times, Martin Luther King Jr. preached there. Presidents and would-be presidents have campaigned there.

McMickle, who has spent his ministry in the vanguard of social-justice movements, said he’s looking forward to life in Rochester, home of two notable 19th century civil rights activists — suffragist Susan B. Anthony and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

Rev. McMickle was chosen to be the new CRCDS President in May of last year and, since July,

… has been going back and forth from Cleveland to Rochester.

He has been spending one week each month at the seminary, meeting with school administrators, faculty and trustees. He’s also been meeting with the heads of the Rochester area’s various denominations.

Given the site of his upcoming inauguration, one of these meetings appears to have been with Bishop Matthew Clark:

Though he starts his job in January, his official inauguration to the post won’t be until next fall, the start of the new school year.

The event will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester.

“We’re trying to make an ecumenical gesture,” McMickle said.

No problem!  Here in DOR we may not have yet figured out how to be Catholic, but we certainly know how to be ecumenical.


Sources here, here, and here.



10 Responses to “An ecumenucal gesture”

  1. Dr. K says:

    Bishop Clark is good at whoring out the Cathedral.

  2. JLo says:

    Unbelievable, the goings-on here (and elsewhere)… and there’s worry about Michael Voris using the word “Catholic” in his presentations which actually push for orthodoxy?!!?? Just amazing.

    As they say, ya can’t make this stuff up. +JMJ

  3. Bernie says:

    Well, a Baptist shouldn’t be too uncomfortable in our cathedral. There’s not a whole lot there to identify it as ‘Catholic.’

  4. Raymond F. Rice says:

    Wonder what the fee will be? They are still trying to justify the cost by making it “indispensable” to the local religious venue as a justification.

  5. Richard Thomas says:

    Help me. Isn’t the CRDS associated with St. Bernards? This has been goining on for dosens of years.

  6. Mike says:

    Richard Thomas,

    From St. Bernard’s web site

    On August 26, 1981, St. Bernard’s and the Colgate Rochester Divinity School signed a covenant establishing a graduate-level affiliation between the two institutions. Under this arrangement, both institutions retained their own curriculum, degrees, endowment, alumni, and Boards of Trustees. Both institutions shared the physical facilities of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, maintaining a single library, and, within curriculum requirements, extended cross-registration privileges to all enrolled students.

    The web site doesn’t say whether this affiliation continued after St. Bernard’s relocated to French Rd. in 2003.

  7. JLo says:

    Seminaries pooling resources, and even instructors, is not new. However, isn’t that an entirely different subject from using Catholic sanctuaries in this way? Maybe it won’t be a religious service, and I don’t think it can be… isn’t that the discussion which took place in Fatima when those caretakers were allowing other faiths to use the Cova and the church for religious services? Those are real questions I have, not rhetoric. +JMJ

  8. snowshoes says:

    JLo etal,

    And what of the brouhaha about the Assisi Day of Prayer for Peace several years ago where non-Catholic, and non-Christian faiths were assigned Catholic churches in which to pray? If memory serves, that practice was discontinued in subsequent years.

    What is the canon law regarding what can go on in a consecrated Catholic church? What of the reserved Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral? One trusts it’s all on the up and up. Thanks, and God bless.

  9. Jim says:

    So, Rev. McMickle is also president of “the Catholic side of Colgate?”…St. Bernard’s? I hope that he at least recognizes the differences between the Catholic faith, and the other denominations represented on the campus. Being ecumenical is one thing, but watering down the Catholic faith is another matter! Hopefully, the Reverend knows the difference.

  10. Richard Thomas says:

    It’s interesting how a non Catholic can become president of ther Catholic side of Colgate- St. Bernards. That’s like having a contractor head of the nurses association. Yes folks, Catholic identity in the DOR has taken a huge hit. It will take years to undo all the damage done.

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