THE MYSTIC PROPHET
"The prophet is the warrior who interferes with injustice," Matthew Fox has said...and his career has been one of standing strong for social, ecological, and gender justice, for a new vision of education and ritual, and for spiritual freedom and integrity, against powerful opposition.
"I Challenge the Church Like Luther"
After being among more than 100 theologians, educators, and ministers silenced by then-Cardinal Josef Ratzinger and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the Catholic Inquisition) during the reign of Pope John Paul II, Matthew Fox knew the repression and corruption of the modern Vatican. More than that, though, he saw a dearth of spirit in Christianity across the board.
When Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Pope, Fox took a stand for reform - not only for Catholicism, but for Protestantism as well. He journeyed to Wittenberg, where Martin Luther had nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the cathedral, and staged a reprise with his own 95 Theses for a new generation. See his accounts below.
EXPOSING CORRUPTION IN THE VATICAN
In 2011, Fox published his exhaustive expose of three decades of Vatican corruption, The Pope's War: Why Ratzinger's Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church, and How It Can Be Saved. Presenting insights from his 12-year struggle with then-Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, Fox traces the new pope's career from German youth to his years as chief Inquisitor, from serving Pope John Paul II in protecting reactionary groups like Opus Dei to continuing the coverup of the pedophilia scandal. After presenting a cogent argument for the downfall of the compromised Church institution, Fox offers a fresh vision for a new and truly universal Catholicism.
A call for reform against entrenched scandal
In 2011, Fox brought his 95 Theses to the gates of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome - the papal basilica appointed to Cardinal Law after he was removed from the archdiocese of Boston for covering up the pedophilia of more than 70 archdiocesan priests.
A Strong Voice for justice for indigenous californians
As the Vatican prepared to canonize Junipero Serra, the Franciscan friar responsible for the brutal Catholic missionizing of the indigenous peoples of California and the West Coast of the Americas, Matthew Fox stood with indigenous rights activists and organizations in sending a resounding voice of outrage: