Farewell sweet Prince / Stephen Pardy, SVD (Friend and admirer )
Bob and i go back to the exciting days of Vatican II when he lived with us in the SVD Generalate and wrote his first book on the Council. Many years later I was happy to invite him for two interviews on our POWER OF LOVE series hosted by Father Michael Manning, SVD. For anyone interested these can be viewed along with our other shows on our website www.wordnet.tv. Rest in peace Bob. You fought the good fight and not in vain, Close
Blessings/ Bobbie Schmitz (friend and mentor )Read >>
Blessings/ Bobbie Schmitz (friend and mentor )
Till we meet again, as we surely will, blessings and peace to you, dear friend. Close
Farewell and Gratitude to an Indefatigable Reforme / Charles Gibson (Friend)
Such a talented and stalwart advocate for a "Thinking Church", a community more like the one envisioned by Jesus.
I did not get to know Bob until the past ten years. As a fellow former Jesuit, we shared the same passions regarding the Church, but he was such a fantastic organizer of reform groups and could so pithily and elegantly state his vision of a Jesus-like and oriented church. Also, Bob was a joyous and fascinating person to be with. I could listen to his stories, the different episodes of his life, for hours.
Thank you, Bob, for the gift of you. And rest in peace forever in the embrace of the Lord!
Love, Charlie Gibson Close
Robert's goal: An intellectual Catholic Church / Stephen Farrelly Hall (acquaintance)Read >>
Robert's goal: An intellectual Catholic Church / Stephen Farrelly Hall (acquaintance)
Just when we gain Pope Francis, we lose RBK. I guess half full is better than half empty. Close
A stupendous "drum major" for justice / Donald Muench (I knew Bob through the VaticanII discussion website )Read >>
A stupendous "drum major" for justice / Donald Muench (I knew Bob through the VaticanII discussion website )
That was Robert Blair Kaiser - as I use the words of Martin Luther King... a drum major for justice in our Church. How wonderful that he lived long enough to see Pope Francis in Peter's Chair. May he rest in peace. And I hope thet God is ready to meet him. Close
I am very sad to hear about the death of Robert Blair Kaiser - he was a GOOD man. OF THIS I *AM* CERTAIN. I thank him for all of his efforts to keep all of us as BELIEVERS, and that his JESUIT training has helped him in this.
God will bless him in the MYSTERY's home. Of this I am VERY SURE.
I admired Bob for his push for an autochthonous American Catholic Church with the potential for a married clergy as is the case with some of the twenty odd so-called "native" churches in union with Rome.
I and my wife were house guests of Bob as was he of ours. During his stay with us in Naples, Florida, we took him on a visit to the town of Ave Maria, site of the ultra-conservative Catholic university of the same name which had troubling connections with Opus Dei operatives who were notorious for brain washing young women to distance themselves from their families and to become domestic servants for the operatives which necessitated concerned families to engage professionals to deprogram their daughters.
I believe that visit to Ave Maria strengthened his efforts for a native American Catholic. He subsequently attended a so-called Summer School in Ireland at which he met Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan, one of but a dozen validly (if illegally in the eyes of hte Vatican) consecrated female Catholic Bishops. I subsequently met and personally spoke with Bridget Mary on two occasions and was inspired to take up the cause of female Catholic priests, albeit on a much lessor scale than Bob's international initiatives.
Bob, I hope to join you in Heaven after I serve a not to long sentence in purgatory for reform rebels.
Rest In Peace / Ruby Almeida (CCRI)
My connection with Bob Kaiser was short but memorable. He emailed me to assure me about certain reservations I had with particular organisational aspects of CCRI. I thought it was a grand thing to do, as he did not know me, nor that much about Quest. So for that I have huge respect for Bob, for making the effort to show his concern for my concerns.
The day before I heard of his demise I was watching a video of a talk he did for The Tablet in England in 2012 called “Stories of Vatican II: The Human Side of the Council”. This gave an insight into the man and his journey as a journalist and author. So, how shocking and saddening was it to hear the very next day that Bob Kaiser had passed away.
So whilst we rightly mourn Bob I am sure he will be fondly remembered for his many great works.
Rest In Peace Mr. Bob Kaiser. Close
Sympathy/ Leslie Stewart
My thoughts and prayers are with Robert's family at this time.
So many of us who respected him deeply will miss his great contribution to the church and his vision for reform to continue.
I know many here in Australia will mourn his passing. We so badly need his presence here today, as there is a battle to keep alive all that Robert and so many of us believe VaticanII started and was set up to do, we pray for him as he enters eternal life with the God he truly and faithfully served throughout his life.
Peace be with Robert and the family
Les Stewart Close
made Vatican II and everything that followed real / John Quinn (friend)
Bob, and Bernie Bassett in England, made Vatican II and everything that followed, including the papacies of JPII and Benedict and the bishops they appointed, real to so many people not matter whether they were theologically sophisticated or not. His championing of autochronous Catholic churches can already be seen in intentional eucharistic communities and is, I believe, the future for a Catholic Church that is just now beginning to mine the revolutionary vision of Vatican II. I will miss his writing and his graciousness whenever we met. Close
Mais oui! :) / Ruth Zemek (Friend)
Bob's passion and love, his great faith in God despite challenges, his facile mind and wonderful, flowing writing, his sense of decency and fair play, his sharp wit and good humor, and his desire to share the gifts of life, including his world class chili, quality wine, and stimulating conversation, make up a package of memories we can enjoy for the rest of our lives. Until we meet again, Bob. Much love and many thanks. Close
RBK: "Dean of a Catholic Journalism of Religion" / Michael A. Russo (Friend and colleague )
In so many ways, RBK was the "dean of a Catholic journalism of religion."
At Vatican II, Bob invented it -- both the idea of a "precision journalism"
of experts whose analysis advances the Church's understanding of itself.
As well as a "journalism of dialogue" that sparked the on-going
conversation of the community of faith.
Thankfully, Bob lived to see the era of Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope.
Wow, for Bob Kaiser, and so many of us -- that's the dream come true!
May he rest in peace -- this Easter Sunday.
My prayers and best wishes to his children, family and friends.
Father Mike Russo
Saint Mary's College of CA Close
Salute to a Warrior / Joe Willy (Friend & colleague )
Bob Kaiser and I had our disagreements, but not about what is significant. He was an award winning journalist for Time Magazine at Vatican II and authored a number of important books. He continued to write about and advocate for reform of the Catholic Church until the end of his life. He was controversial but I have to hand it to him for his perseverance in what he strongly believed when many have given up on the Church. Every day in hospice care and in a great deal of pain from the cancer growing in his chest he was at his computer fighting to be productive to the very end. He deserved to die in peace. May god bless you and your life, Bob Kaiser. Amen. Close
Of Mind and Heart / Bishop Jerry Brohl (acquaintance)
Bob was a visionary. Whenever or wherever there were discussions or actions concerning the reform of the Roman Catholic church, you would find Bob in the thick of it if not the instigator.
He was a loyal son of the church who worked to make her more merciful, more compassionate, more loving, more inviting, and more welcoming.
Bob's writings, commentaries, and reports always had a tone of respect for the church but he never shied away from speaking the truth to the hierarchy and offering his vision of what could be.
I will cherish my short relationship with Bob and rely on the treasury of his work to support my own journey in faithfully calling our church to reform. Close
May he reap his final reward with the Lord / Tony Maynard (Admirer)Read >>
May he reap his final reward with the Lord / Tony Maynard (Admirer)
May be Rest in Peace. Amen. Close
May he rest in peace with the Lord Amen. / E. Miller (none)Read >>
May he rest in peace with the Lord Amen. / E. Miller (none)
RIP AMEN Close
To my lifelong friend and co-founder of CCRI / Rene Reid (friend and co-founder of CCRI )Read >>
To my lifelong friend and co-founder of CCRI / Rene Reid (friend and co-founder of CCRI )
I am deeply saddened by the loss of you . . . even though I've had almost a year to know that you were dying.
As I think back over our 34 years of friendship, I still remember our first meeting. You had just moved to Reno to start the School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. I invited you to be a guest on my radio show in 1981. At that time, I told you that I was married to James Kavanaugh and you shared with me that you had written an article about him shortly after he left the priesthood having just written his book "A Modern Priest Looks at his Outdated Church." If our Church was outdated in 1967, how would we describe it now? Not a word that Jim wrote has lost any significance over the 48 years since that book came out.
The three of us formed a close friendship bonded largely by our love for our Church and our frustration over its inability to move into modern times. Over many dinners together, we shared our hope for the time when the Church could become inclusive of all who believed in Jesus Christ, for the time when the Church could welcome those less perfect to the Eucharist, for the time when women could be treated as equals, and for the time when a man and women could express their love for each other without perpetually facing the possibility of pregnancy. Jim was a man who, as a priest, wanted to be married. But I can tell you with as much certainty that he was married to me and still wanted to be a priest. Why, we asked ourselves, should he and millions of others be ostracized form the Church for that desire? We spoke of these things often and prayed that one day we would live to see these injustices rectified.
It was a precious moment when I called you in late May of 2013 and asked if you would help me establish Catholic Church Reform on the web. You didn’t hesitate for even a moment. You reached out to your hundred or so closest reform-minded friends and CCRI was established. Even though you have moved to a new place, I have no doubt that you will continue to be with us with even more zeal and influence that you had while on this earth. All of us at CCRI will continue to work toward the transformation of our church from an exclusive hierarchical church to one that in your words can become “autochthonous,” that is, grass-rooted.
With love and gratitude for your loyalty as a friend and for you lifelong support of me through each trial I faced along the way. We have shared both joyous and painful moments together. My dearest friend, I will miss you.