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Marrin | June 1, 2016
National Catholic Reporter
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Messenger editorial says women treated unfairly
Novecosky | October 5, 2016
Catholic Church is not the only institution today examining the role of
women in its structure and mission. Based on its 2,000-year-old
tradition, the church, once very patriarchal, is struggling to
recognize and empower women to use their gifts more fully in the church.
another institution has come under criticism — one with a much shorter
history: television and film.
was ordained, reduced to the lay state, married, widowed, then
re-instated -- also
supports the ordination of women
Morris-Young | Oct. 6, 2016
church has no problem touting the stories of married Episcopalian or
Lutheran clergy being ordained priests, but it's a bit squirrelly about
stories like mine," says Salvatorian Fr. John Pantuso.
story? Entered seminary training in late 1950s for the Society of the
Divine Savior (Salvatorians), first vows in 1960, ordained 1967, left
priesthood, laicized, married, two sons, years of lay church work,
widowed, renewed Salvatorian vows, reinstated as priest, named a
millennials part of bishops' conversation at women's conference in
Schlumpf | Oct. 8, 2016
the speakers at “Women of the Church: A Catholic Leadership Conference”
this weekend were women--except for two. Archbishop Joseph Tobin, CSsR,
of Indianapolis and Bishop Charles Thompson of Evansville, Indiana,
were part of a moderated conversation during the three-day conference
in southern Indiana.
questions from attendees that had been collected in advance, the
bishops expressed support for women deacons, the possibility for women
preaching and a desire to dialogue with younger “millennial” women.
hopeful,” said Archbishop Tobin about the possibility of women deacons.
As co-chair of the North American Orthodox Catholic Theological
Consultation, Tobin said he was encouraged by the fact that the
Orthodox recognize the tradition of women deacons.
a canon lawyer, noted that the Canon Law Society of America released a
document supporting women deacons in 1995.
Eusebio L. Koh | Santo Nino Council, K of C (Blessed Sacrament Parish,
Regina) | September, October and November, 2016 Newsletter
Last month, I was invited to a lecture by a distinguished American whom
I’ve heard so much about. He is Fr. Roy Bourgeois, a 78 year old priest
laicized by the Vatican for advocating the ordination of women priests.
Here is part of his statement on his dismissal from the Maryknoll
Society: “I believe that our Church's teaching that excludes
women from the priesthood defies both faith and reason and cannot stand
up to scrutiny.
My Journey From Silence to Solidarity
book available for free as a pdf file downloaded here.
May 12, 2016 Pope Francis announced that he
will create a commission to study the possibility of restoring the
tradition of ordaining women deacons in the Catholic Church.
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and Anglican leader say churches share 'certain yet imperfect communion' "We trust in God's grace and providence,
knowing that the Holy Spirit will open new doors and lead us into all
the ordination of women be one of the doors?
J. McElwee | Oct. 6, 2016
Francis and Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby met twice
this week in Rome for symbol-laden encounters, where they jointly
commissioned 19 pairs of bishops from their two global faith
communities to go back to their home countries sharing joint prayer and
two also issued a joint statement Wednesday evening, declaring that
while there continue to be "serious obstacles" blocking the path to
full unity between their two churches that their clergy and faithful
should not "undervalue that certain yet imperfect communion that we
circumstances have presented new disagreements among us, particularly
regarding the ordination of women and more recent questions regarding
human sexuality," said Francis and Welby, nodding towards the
differences between their churches' teachings on priestly ordination
and gay relationships.
like our predecessors, we ourselves do not yet see solutions to the
obstacles before us, we are undeterred," stated the two Christian
shepherds. "We trust in God's grace and providence, knowing that the
Holy Spirit will open new doors and lead us into all truth."
to Toronto RCWP Canada Ordination
Letter to the Editor
Promotion of the ordination of women
I would like to share a few ideas on how to promote the ordination of women.
various groups could join together and go as a group to church services
wearing buttons proclaiming that the Church should "ordain women
now". One or two people wearing a button may not be noticed but
many would. It might make a media story as well. If people
became bold enough they could also pass out buttons or other
information from public sidewalk locations near a church as people
approached the church for a service.
ordering a bunch of buttons and planning some organized ways for groups
to use them as opportunities arise might be the way to go. Other
venues could be public lectures at the university, fall suppers, parish
events, or the Archbishop's New Year Levy.
Some of the
supporters of the ordination of women may not be able to be involved in
public issues because of their positions of employment.
Individual discernment would be required regarding how publicly one can
be at this point in their lives.
As civil law
stands at this time, religious institutions have the right to practice
discrimination if something is in opposition to their belief
system. It is interesting to note that Mormons are not allowed to
be polygamous even though that has been tolerated officially in the
past by their church. Why? Because civil law prohibits
polygamy. We in Canada have a charter of human rights, but
the charter seemingly is ignored when it comes to women’s ordination
and married priests in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.
Perhaps it is time to challenge this.
by the fact that there are many dispersed groups of people gathering
for community and spiritual growth, yet lack the coordination of
efforts to move issues forward.
Phoebe, Regina, SK
Paul-André Durocher honored at FutureChurch Annual Event for His Work
to Open Discussion on Women Deacons; Expanded Leadership for Women
Louise Hartman | October 8, 2016
September 22, 2016, FutureChurch honored Archbishop
Durocher (Gatineau, Quebec) as the 2016 Recipient of the Father Louis
J. Trivison Award at the annual Fall Event. Archbishop
made international news for his visionary proposal during the 2015
Family Synod in Rome calling on bishops to discuss women deacons and
expand leadership for women in the Church including greater
opportunities for preaching.
Cardinal will not refuse funerals for medically assisted deaths. Cardinal
Gérald Lacroix says he will not follow the example of several other
Pulse staf | October 4, 2016
Gérald Lacroix of Quebec said he will not follow his fellow Canadian
Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories in refusing funerals
for those who asked to be euthanased, the Catholic News Service reports.
don't plan specific directives aimed at refusing this support or
refusing access to the anointing of the sick and the celebration of
funerals," Cardinal Lacroix said in a statement last Thursday.
Cardinal was reacting to a document published earlier this month by the
Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, addressed to the
clergy, in which they said these sacraments and celebrations may be
refused for those opting for assisted suicide or euthanasia.
Women advocate for ordination of women with book
and facebook page
kobiet? Katolickie feministki wypowiadajace sie o etyce seksualnej i
antykoncepcji? Charyzmatyczne kobiety obecne w sluzbie liturgicznej?
Feministyczne czytanie Biblii? Kobiety uprawiajace powazna teologie?
Walka o rownouprawnienie w kosciele?
TAK! - i nie tylko w teorii, ale i w praktyce, jak pokazuje na
konkretnych przykladach z rozmaitych krajow i kregow kulturowych
Zuzanna Radzik. Kosciol kobiet to pasjonujaca podroz po istniejacych na
swiecie praktykach, ktore pokazuja, ze udzial kobiet w kosciele jest o
wiele szerszy i glebszy niz mogloby sie nam, Polkom i Polakom, wydawac.
in the Priesthood? Catholic feminists speaking out about sexual ethics
and contraception? Charismatic women present in the service of the
liturgy? Feminist reading the Bible? Women doing some serious theology?
The fight for equality of rights in the church?
YES! - And not only in theory but also in practice, as shown in
concrete examples from different countries and cultures by Zuzanna
is an exciting trip about the existing practices in the world, which
shows that the participation of women in the church is much broader and
deeper than it seems to Polish women and men.
Female panelists share their struggles in male-dominated religions
Traci Badalucco | Oct. 11, 2016
Women in the Catholic church have long been their own advocates,
pushing the hierarchy and those within their faith communities to grant
them the same ecclesial leadership roles as their male counterparts.
The door, however, has remained closed -- but the fight has continued.
. . .
"Women from all walks of life are often told, 'We have separate but
equal roles.' That usually means totally the opposite," said Kate
Kelly, a human rights lawyer who was excommunicated from the Mormon
church in June 2014. "The same is true in Mormonism. Women are told and
buy into that lie."