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placeholder July 11, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA
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Father Joyce's book draws in homilies, experiences

Rev. Brian T. Joyce

In his quarter-century as pastor of Christ the King Parish in Pleasant Hill, Rev. Brian T. Joyce never lacked for subject material for his homilies and bulletin letters. The volume "The Catholic Parish Today: Substantial, Controversial and Uncensored," published a year after his retirement, serves as a collection of snapshots of the great issues of the times.

And what times they were!

Father Joyce does not shy away from the controversies. His stand with and for the American Catholic women religious is front and center in the book's "Controversies" section.

His bulletin letter "Ethic and (Non)-Excommunication In Phoenix" is one example. Sister Margaret Mary McBride, "was the Arizona hospital administrator who, in 2010, participated in an ethics committee decision that approved an abortion for a seriously ill mother of four. For that action, she was excommunicated by her bishop.

"The Catholic Parish Today: Substantial, Controversial and Uncensored"
By Brian T. Joyce
Aventine Press, 2015
258 pages, $25.96
The headline caught his eye, Father Joyce wrote, "First, because Sister Margaret Mary is a reverent, responsible and strongly pro-life hospital administrator; and secondly, she's my cousin!"

Reflections on the Second Vatican Council, the sacraments and "Why Do I Stay?" make up the "Substantial" section, some of it drawn from "4-minute special homilies," a concept he credits to Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw, Michigan.

In the "Uncensored" section of the book, Father Joyce shares writings by Rev. Declan Deane, Dublin-born parochial vicar at Christ the King, who died in 2012; Kate Doherty, who serves as pastoral associate at the parish; and Rev. Dan Danielson, one of Father Joyce's seminary classmates in the Class of '63. Also included is Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins' homily from Father Joyce's retirement Mass.

Father Joyce's faith, and his commitment to the empowerment of the laity and to social justice, are reflected in each page.

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