(AoftheAP) Progressive Catholic group Sowing The Seamless Garment issued a press release on Sunday, November 25, petitioning the Holy Father to change “Christ the King” to “Christ the Kin”, to reflect the growing sense of equality and justice throughout the Church, and the call to bring about the Kin-dom of God.
The last Sunday in Ordinary Time has traditionally been celebrated as the Feast of Christ the King, recognizing Jesus’ kingship over all of the life, and the entire universe.
Their petition reads:
Dear Mr Pope:
As representatives of Sowing The Seamless Garment, we boldly petition you, as Mr Pope, to change the name of the feast day “Christ The King” to “Christ The Kin”, to more accurately reflect that Jesus is our brother. We feel that “Christ the King” focuses too much on authority and rule and being in charge, when really, Jesus came to be one of us. More people would like Jesus if he was portrayed as their “Kin” rather than their “King”. After all, Jesus really came to proclaim the coming of God’s Kin-dom. Then people would come to believe that Jesus loves us just as we are and we don’t need to change all that much. By thinking of Jesus as a “King” makes him seem to be bossy. By thinking him as “Kin” makes him seem to be our best friend.
Thank you for allowing our voice to be heard, Mr. Pope. We look forward to 2013, when the feast day will start being called “Christ the Kin”.
Calls to the Vatican seeking their response to the petition have not been returned.