About Michael and Maria Morwood and his Books

     Michael was a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart for 38 years, 29 years in priestly ministry.  He has an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College.  Following the banning of his book, Tomorrow's Catholic, and his silencing by Archbishop George Pell in Melbourne in 1998, Michael resigned from religious life and priestly ministry.  He married Maria Kelly in March 2000.
    Maria has a background in education, theology and gerontology, and is a Sageing Circle Facilitator and a member of Sageing International.
    As an adult faith educator, Michael Morwood brings many years' experience to bear on the crisis of faith confronting Christianity in general and Roman Catholicism in particular.  His proposal is radical:  discard doctrine shaped in the imagination of a heavenly deity who denied access to himself, replace it with a twenty-first century understanding of the Divine Presence permeating the universe, and focus on Jesus as the human expression of that Presence.


"We are beginning to appreciate a God alive in every particle in the billions of galaxies beyond us and in the grass or pavement beneath our feet."
from the introduction to Praying a New Story

    
 It's Time is the title of Michael's latest book which is ready for publication.  It challenges the outmoded notion of God in scripture and Paul's transformation of Jesus into a cosmic figure, "the Christ", who gained access to the heavenly realms.  Morwood maintains that doctrine is used as a controlling mechanism to safeguard institutional claims of unique access to a heavenly God, and the authority to speak on behalf of that God on important issues.  The insistence that doctrine is certain, unchangeable knowledge does not stand up to reasonable, open, scholarly examination.

     "Here is the most monumental agenda ever to confront the Christian religion.  The Council of Nicaea, the Reformation and Vatican II almost pale into insignificance in comparison.  Christianity has to make the most radical change imaginable.  It has to return its focus to the human reality of Jesus.  It has to focus on Jesus' preaching about this world.  It has to honor the reality of the Divine Presence everywhere, in all people.  It has to re-articulate its identity and its role in the world, based on Jesus, not on Paul, and not on gospels influenced by Paul's Christology."


The following books have been authored by Michael Morwood:

Tomorrow's Catholic
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Understanding God and Jesus in a New Millenium
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Is Jesus God?
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Finding Our Faith
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God is Near -
Trusting Our Faith
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Praying a New Story
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From Sand to Solid Ground
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Faith, Hope and a Bird Called George
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It's Time
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(All of these books are available at Amazon.)