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Old 03-10-2011, 09:24 AM
 
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I know it may seem odd to have progressive and catholic together, but I am a recovering Catholic looking to dive back into Catholicism. Are there any Catholic churches that are a little more forward thinking in Austin or do I need to loom elsewhere? Episcopal ? Unitarian? Thanks
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:53 AM
 
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Your best bet is the University Catholic Center.

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Old 03-10-2011, 11:29 AM
 
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Amongst Episcopal parishes in Austin, All Saints just off the UT campus would be the most progressive I think. That is certainly true historically. The Diocese of Texas, which encompasses central Texas north of Buda to somewhere north of Waco and all the way east to the LA state line and a bit west of Austin, isn't a particularly progressive diocese. Actually by national Episcopal Church standards none of the 6 dioceses in Texas is. If you want to stay in the general liturgical tradition of Catholicism, then besides the Episcopal Church you also have the Lutheran churches, but for progressive Lutheran this means the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), rather than the very conservative Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (or the even more conservative Wisconsin synod, which only has a couple of congregations in the Austin area). The most progressive ELCA congregation is First English Lutheran Church, which is also quite near UT, basically in the neighborhood called North Campus. Unitarian-Universalists, obviously, are in an entirely different tradition, both in terms of basic theology and liturgical praxis.

I agree that University Catholic Center would be the most liberal leaning RC option. However, they may have less freedom to be progressive than at one time. They used to host monthly masses for the local chapter of Dignity, but I think that ceased some years ago due to hierarchical disapprobation.

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Old 03-10-2011, 03:16 PM
 
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Thanks. It makes sense that the University church would be more progressive. Anyone have any experience or know about St. Theresa's?
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:28 PM
 
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St. Theresa's is full of good Catholic families. It is not progressive by any means. Try St. Austin if you want a liberal Catholic Church.
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:39 PM
 
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St Austin also has a bit more freedom because they are a mission of the Paulist Fathers and not under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Austin, I think. I'm actually not sure what the relation of the Bp of Austin is to St Austin (aka Augustine of Canterbury), as opposed to the Ordinary for the American province of the Paulists. In any event, it is true that they are considered somewhat more progressive or were last I knew -- I haven't lived in Austin since 2004. They had a good music program BTW, although some aspects of their liturgical customary were pretty unfortunate IMO.
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