The shake-up is not coming from outside forces, but from within the church itself. Parishioners and sisters are gathering on the steps of St. James Cathedral in downtown Seattle ever Wednesday night. The gatherings are designed to show solidarity with Seattle's sisters.
My partner and I stopped by last Wednesday and we were struck by how many people were wearing buttons showing their support for marriage equality.
Seattle's Catholics are actively opposing the Bishop's anti-gay, anti-women political posturing with the most powerful tool they have, their money.
Seattle's Catholics are angry--at other Catholics. Their ostensible leader, Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, has spent the last three months crusading to stop same-sex marriage from becoming state law and, even more controversially, is now leading a pope-mandated inquisition against thousands of American nuns for adopting "radical feminist themes." Finding themselves at ground zero of a national fight with implications for millions of secularists, Catholics here have held weekly vigils near the archbishop's office, filed a political action committee to counter his views on marriage equality, and even begun cutting off money.
So what do you think? Will Catholics be able to change their church by withholding money?