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Marrin | June 1, 2016
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A woman — and also a Roman Catholic priest
CHABUN | September 16, 2016
Jane Kryzanowski remembers the day she got The Call.
It was 2011 and a female Catholic bishop — yes, there are such people —
was in Regina for a workshop, describing her own spiritual journey —
and something started “burning” in Kryzanowski‘s soul.
She felt “a real resonance” as the bishop talked.
The bishop noticed something and later asked Kryzanowski, “Are you the
one I’ll be coming back to ordain?”
It was, Kryzanowski recalled, “like being struck by lightning.”
Tremors and shivers and “I think I broke into tears.”
After much thought, she began checking how to become a woman priest,
trained but not recognized by what she calls the “institutional” or
“traditional” Catholic church.
Entrenched sexism and complacency in the church’s senior management
CHABUN | September 16, 2016
Bourgeois considered himself a good soldier.
done a military tour of duty in Vietnam, then — his idealism awakened —
became a Roman Catholic priest in the Maryknoll Order, specialists in
as time went by, he became more and more disenchanted — first, with
American political and military intervention everywhere, but
particularly in Central America. There, the U.S. government trained
counter-revolutionary forces through the U.S. Army’s “Schools of the
Americas” military counterinsurgency centre — even as local right-wing
militias killed peasants, priests and even Bishop Oscar Romero.
also became increasingly uncomfortable with the Roman Catholic Church’s
own attitudes toward LGBT people and the ordination of women.
New Canadian archbishop: A church in dialogue doesn't just mean
J. McElwee | Aug. 30, 2016
church will only be able to create changes in wider society if it
engages in dialogue with those outside the faith community by "deeply
listening" to them on tough issues, says a new archbishop in Canada's
Donald Bolen, who Pope Francis appointed earlier this summer to lead
the Canadian archdiocese of Regina just north of the U.S. states of
Montana and North Dakota, said the church cannot expect to be heard
just by speaking more loudly.
dealing with really difficult and challenging questions we need to be
faithful to church teaching, faithful to the kerygma, the revelation
we're given, but we need to bring that into dialogue if we want to be
taken seriously and if we want to have an influence on the world," said
Bolen, speaking in an NCR interview Thursday.
not by yelling louder," said the archbishop. "It's by engaging in
articulate conversation and challenging positions."
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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focuses on journey from silence to solidarity
devote Catholic from Louisiana for the first time made a connection
between spirituality and social justice when he met a Canadian priest
in Viet Nam. Roy Bourgeois served his country's military and
even was awarded a purple heart, but found his calling to the
priesthood under the influence of Father Lucien Olivier of Quebec who
operated an orphanage for children who had lost their parents in the
after three years in the seminary did Father Bourgeois join a protest
declaring that the U.S. was wrong to continue the war in Viet
Nam. It was during his first assignment to Bolivia as a
Maryknoll Missionary that the poor became his teachers and he realized
his solidarity with them. After five years Father Bourgeois
was kicked out of Bolivia after being arrested for protesting the
treatment of the poor.
in South and Central America became more oppressive and brutal during
Father Bourgeois' tour of duty there. Archbishop Oscar
Romero, five Jesuits and two of their co-workers in El Salvador, as
well as several priests in other countries, not to mention countless
campesinos died at the hands of the military government.
Before he was slain while celebrating Mass, Archbishop Romero declared,
“Thou shall not kill – Soldiers, disobey your officers who say 'kill'!”
in the U.S., Father Bourgeois continued to protest injustice.
This time it was the organization of frequent rallies at Fort Benning,
Georgia, where protestors played recordings of Archbishop Romero's
voice to South American soldiers who were being trained at the U.S.
facility. Over the years, 60,000 soldiers were trained
there. By contrast, year after year, the protest rallies, now
called School of the Americas Watch, grew from ten protestors to
20,000. As a result of the rallies and petitions to the
respective governments, five South American countries withdrew their
trainees from these facilities.
SOA Watch continues until today. In addition, protestors of
injustice have turned their focus to the U.S – Mexico border to stand
in solidarity and assist immigrants and refugees.
injustice closer to home is forbidding the ordination of women
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four years in and out of prison for protesting U.S. militarism, with
lots of support from his Maryknoll Missionary community and bishops of
many countries, the support came to an abrupt end. Father Roy
Bourgeois began to speak about injustice to women.
a Regina public lecture attended by 56 people on justice in society and
in the Roman Catholic Church, Father Bourgeois asked, “Who are we
priests and bishops to say our call to the priesthood is authentic and
women’s call is not?” Quoting Joan Chittister, he asked how
it was that God who created the universe is not powerful enough to call
women to be priests. In an all male clerical culture women
are lesser. Father Bourgeois insisted that you cannot address
this issue until you address the issue of power.
Bourgeois came to a point, he said, when I couldn't be
silent. He recalled an incident where he took advantage of
his appearance on Vatican Radio. He was invited by Vatican
Radio to speak on the School of the Americas Watch and American foreign
policy. Five minutes before his allotted time was up, Father
Bourgeois was able to declare, “An injustice closer to home is
forbidding the ordination of women. There will never be
justice in our Church until women are ordained.” Father
Bourgeois said he was very much at peace after this incident at Vatican
Radio, and it was not “a big deal” for Vatican officials until he
preached a homily at a woman's ordination at Lexington, KY.
over a three year period, Father Bourgeois was summoned several times
by his religious superiors to explain himself. He welcomed
dialogue over the matter of women's ordination, but was repeatedly told
that Pope John Paul II clarified the Church's position on the matter
and that there was to be “no talking about it”. The ban on
discussing the ordination of women had the opposite effect.
The matter was being discussed widely. Survey figures in the press
reported 70% of lay faithful being in favour of the ordination of
women. Arguing from the sacredness of conscience and from
the reality that his religious superiors were asking him to lie, Father
Bourgeois stated that he could not obey an unjust law. This
resulted in his expulsion from his Maryknoll Mission family, and his
“reduction to the lay state”.
issue of the ordination of women in the Roman Catholic Church, Father
Bourgeois told the accepting conference participants, I began to relate
to the issue of racism. Promoting and being in solidarity
over such issues causes sadness and pain, but joy can return.
His main regret is that he didn't do this earlier.
remarks during the evening conference presentation: Our God
is calling us back from our silence. We need each other
(community). Sometimes we feel compelled to step out and make
a statement. It's painful to stay in our Church, but we are
the Church and are called to walk in solidarity with others.
Change comes from the bottom up. Oppressors will not
willingly give up their power. We must demand it in a
"Justice with a capital J is subversive."
"Injustices are not of God."
"As with racism, 'equal but separate' is a lie."
"We are capable of change."
"Prayer without action doesn't accomplish very much."
"Our silence is justifying the injustice."
"Regarding women's ordination, in 20 years we are going to look like a bunch of fools." -- Andrew Britz
"What makes you think it will take so long?" -- Anonymous
"I'm sick and tired of giving priests, bishops and cardinals a pass." -- Roy Bourgeois
"If I would leave them alone, they will keep on doing what they're doing."
"Giving women only some authority is like telling Rosa Parks that now you may sit in the middle of the bus."