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World Day of Prayer 2017


Vancouver's St. James Anglican Church and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Society present

Am I Being Unfair toYou?”

World Day of Prayer 2017 written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of The Philippines

Before the World Wide Web, there was the World Day of Prayer, an international event that has been connecting people in a meaningful way for almost a century. Despite being planned years in advance, World Day of Prayer services have a remarkable record for anticipating major events, like the refugee crisis (France 2013), the Arab Spring (Egypt 2014) and the winding down of the U.S. embargo against Cuba (Cuba 2016).

The secret to this depth and insight is the women who plan and write each World Day of Prayer service. Too often, women have the most intimate experiences of armed conflict, violence, social injustice, and human rights violations. What might Canadians learn from women of the Philippines, a country on the front lines of climate change, foreign mining and resources interests, a regional insurgency and social upheaval due to migration, who wrote the World Day of Prayer 2017? How will we answer the question, “Am I being unfair to you?”

On March 3, 2017, Christians in more than 170 countries and in 2,000 communities across Canada will gather to learn about, pray, and celebrate in solidarity with the women of The Philippines through the World Day of Prayer. Please join us and invite your friends and family to attend the World Day of Prayer 2017.

A local World Day of Prayer service will be held at:

St. James Anglican Church

303 E. Cordova St., Vancouver on

Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 3:00 pm



For more information on the World Day of Prayer service please contact:

Rev. Dr. Vikki Marie, tepeyacvancouver@gmail.com

Patricia McSherry, patmcsherry@telus.net

In Canada, the World Day of Prayer is coordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada. For World Day of Prayer materials or to learn more about WICC, please visit our website or contact us: Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada, 47 Queen’s Park Crescent East, Toronto, ON M5S 2C3 Tel: (416) 929-5184; Fax (416) 929-4064; E-mail: wicc@wicc.org; Website: www.wicc.org; www.facebook/WICCanada

The World Day of Prayer has its roots in an ecumenical day of prayer organized by women in Canada and the United States in 1920. This event became the international World Day of Prayer in 1922, and Christians around the world began celebrating this event on the first Friday of March.




Why Pope Francis is right to revisit the new Mass translation

Michael G. Ryan | January 27, 2017
 
Recent news out of Rome that Pope Francis has given his blessing to a commission to study “Liturgiam Authenticam,” the controversial 2001 document behind the English translation of the Roman Missal, was surely music to the ears of many who love the church’s liturgy and to just about everyone who loves the English language. Seven years ago, I did my best to see that the translation got a test run before being mandated for general use. But, as the saying goes, timing is everything. Had Francis been elected just a few years earlier, it is likely that “Liturgiam Authenticam” would have died in committee.

At this point, I am not sure who to feel sorrier for: those members of the International Committee for English in the Liturgy, who, back in 1998, offered a worthy translation—the fruit of 17 years painstaking labor—only to have it unceremoniously consigned to oblivion by Vatican officials, or the faithful of the English-speaking world who have had to struggle since 2011 with a wooden, woefully inadequate, theologically limited Missal that is low on poetry, if high on precision.

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“No Priests” Is the Remedy for the Priest Shortage: Notes for a Home Church
A Short History of the Catholic Priesthood and the Eucharist

A friend of mine recently told me, “If you’re trying to initiate something new (like reclaiming my priesthood) and the response isn’t ‘Hell yeah!’ you’re probably on the wrong track.”

Well, I haven’t yet heard many “Hell yeahs!” in response to my efforts to (as I said here) re-appropriate my priesthood and start a house church in Berea, Kentucky.

Oh, my very good and generous friends have humored me by showing up on Saturday evenings. But even the closest of them have made it clear that they were doing so out of a sense of duty, rather than enthusiasm.

On top of that, my own reflection on our gatherings has been less than “Hell yeah!” And that’s led me to think that perhaps the whole form of Eucharistic gathering (Mass) might be passé. Certainly, as Garry Wills has pointed out in his book Why Priests? “priesthood” as we’ve known it is beyond recall.

That’s not surprising, since the office of priest turns out to be foreign in the experience of the early church. In fact, no “priest” is mentioned In the accounts of Eucharistic meals found in the first two centuries of Christianity [e.g. in the Dialog with Typho and First Apology of Justin Martyr (100-165)]

Instead, we find mention of a presider – a proestos in Greek – whose function was to stand in front of the congregation, call it to order, and keep the meeting on track. That’s what proestos (the Greek word for the presider at the Eucharist) literally means – the “stander-in-front.”

“Priests” came in much later – and definitively after Christianity became the official religion of Rome. Then, as mentioned earlier, the Christian Eucharist took on the trappings of Roman “mystery cults,” like for instance the cult of the Sun God, Mithra, a favorite of the Roman army, whose birthday was celebrated each year on December 25th.

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Je vous offre mes services sacerdotaux

Le 12 fevrier 2017

Assemblée des évêques catholiques du Québec,
3331, rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, QC

Messieurs les Évêques,

En plus des idées exprimées dans la lettre de Parvis, j’aimerai me présenter à vous à titre de  prêtre ordonnée en 2010, en succession apostolique, par une évêque des Femmes prêtres de l’Église catholique romaine (Roman Catholic Women Priests).  Notre mouvement, aussi connu sous le nom du Mouvement du Danube, a débuté par l’ordination des sept femmes sur un bateau sur le fleuve Danube. L’évêque qui les a ordonnées est toujours en communion avec Rome. Maintenant nous sommes environ 185 prêtres et quatorze évêques au Canada, aux États-Unis, en Amérique latin, en Afrique et en Europe. Je vous invite à visiter nos sites Web (
www.recwpcanada:x10.mx, et  romancatholicwomenpriests.org).

Ma première expérience d’appel au sacerdoce date de l’âge de quatre ans. Native de Winnipeg,  j’ai été élevée dans la paroisse de St. Ignatius desservie par les Jésuites. Après mes études sécondaires à St. Mary’s Academy, j’ai fait un BA au Collège St. Mary de l’Université de Manitoba. Je suis entrée au noviciat des Sœurs des SS-Noms de Jésus et de Marie puis j’ai  enseigné dans leurs écoles du Manitoba pendant trois ans. À l’expiration de mes vœux temporaires, j’ai quitté la communauté, mais je reste encore en contact avec les Sœurs.

Ma vie a été passé en étudiant, en enseignant et en travail pastoral. Encouragée par le Cardinal George Bernard Flahiff de Winnipeg, j’ai complété une Maîtrise en histoire médiévale, spécialisant dans la vie monastique, et aussi un baccalauréat en éducation. Les évêques de cette époque encourageaient les femmes à se préparer par les études pour le sacerdoce.

Après deux ans d’enseignement au niveau secondaire à Winnipeg, j’ai complété une licence ainsi qu’un doctorat en Études médiévales à l’Université de Toronto. Au Québec j’ai obtenu une Maîtrise en Études pastorales à l’université de Montréal. Depuis ma retraite de l’enseignement au   niveau collégial, je travaille dans les mouvements œcuméniques, dans l’éducation chrétienne, et dans la pastorale.

Consciente de notre pénurie de prêtres dans notre unité pastorale des Vignes, j’aimerai m’offrir pour aider dans la pastorale et la vie sacrementelle. Mon français est imparfait mais je suis capable de m’exprimer dans les deux langues, et j’ai célébré les sacrements en français et en anglais. Il y a une paroisse bilingue à Knowlton (Lac Brome), St-Edouard.

Récemment, le 10 janvier, CBC a diffusé un court documentaire sur les femmes prêtres du Canada. Vous pouvez le voir sur leur site-web : cbc/thenational/Women Priests. Je pense que vous trouverez intéressantes les réflexions de nos prêtres comme aussi celles de deux hommes prêtres.

En espérant pouvoir vous offrir mes services sacerdotaux dans le futur, je vous demande votre bénédiction.

Linda Spear, RCWP, PhD, MA (Études pastorales)
Sutton, QC

Cc: Marie Evans Bouclin, évêque, RCWP Canada
      Le Parvis de Québec





Continuing Features:


Statement of RCWP Canada National Leadership Circle to Pope Francis' "Never, never . . . In that direction" assertion


Sara Butler, MSBT / Robert J. Egan, SJ Debate on the Ordination of Women



Women Priests -- Answering the Call

 

See preface from the book by Catherine Cavanagh -- click here

Editor's note:  The author has given permission to download for free the complete 48 page booklet and read on your computer or e-reader


Click here for pdf format of Women Priests -- Following the Call



My Journey From Silence to Solidarity


This book available for free as a pdf file downloaded here.



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Voices of Faith 2017 - from the heart of the Vatican - March 8th International Women's Day

Pope Francis called in his 1st January 2017 Peace Day statement for Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace. This year, we highlight the work of women from around the world who are promoting nonviolence and programs of peace.

At our annual event on March 8, 2017, Voices of Faith unites the Vatican with the international community and organisations around the globe to honour and acknowledge women who understand the need for dialogue, building bridges and collaboration across boundaries. It is their experience, as Pope Francis says, that peace in their hearts and in their families generates the desire for dialogue and cooperation. With our two Partners, the Jesuits Refugee Service andCaritas internationalis we serve as an instrument of hope and amplifier of the courage and creativity of women in education and social programs, especially in areas of marginalization and extreme poverty. 

In the footsteps of St. Catherine of Siena –a remarkable woman who worked tirelessly to make peace between the quarrelling Italian states- we encourage all of you to be part of a more peaceful and nonviolent world.


Chantal M. Götz - Managing Director Voices of Faith





Lettre de Parvis de Québec à l'Assemblée des évêques du Québec à l'occasion de leur visite ad limina avec le Pape François

6 février 2017

Assemblée des évêques catholiques du Québec,
3331, rue Sherbrooke Est,
Montréal, H1W 1C5

Messieurs les Évêques,

Nous du Parvis de Québec savons que vous serez invités en avril prochain en visite «ad limina» auprès du Saint Père. Dans le cadre de cet événement, il nous importe de porter à votre attention un grave problème dans l’Église du Québec.

En effet, au nom de milliers de Québécois et Québécoises, nous tenons à nous inscrire en faux contre l’argumentation supposément théologique du Vatican, concernant l’ordination des femmes au sacerdoce dans l’Église Catholique.

Selon notre lecture, on peut résumer l’argumentation du Vatican comme ceci : « Les femmes ne peuvent avoir accès au sacerdoce, puisque Jésus n’a pas choisi de femmes comme apôtres ».En corollaire de cette soi-disant argumentation, le Vatican devra soutenir que : « Tous les évêques du monde devraient être des hommes juifs et circoncis, puisque tous les apôtres choisis par Jésus étaient des hommes juifs et circoncis »

Dans le passé, vos prédécesseurs se sont ardemment battus en faveur des ministères ordonnés pour les femmes et, encore récemment au synode sur la famille, votre collègue Mgr Paul-André Durocher a réclamé le diaconat permanent pour les femmes dans notre Église.

Nous aimerions rappeler qu’au début de sa prédication, l’apôtre Paul soutenait : « Ni homme, ni femme…car vous êtes tous un en Jésus-Christ ». Pourtant, dans les années subséquentes, Saint Paul, par souci de respect de la culture de l’époque, a opté pour ralentir sa réclamation de l’égalité homme-femme. Comme le disent les spécialistes des Écritures, cela s’appelle de l’inculturation.Or, dans la société québécoise, les femmes d’ici ont acquis une quasi-égalité avec les hommes. Nous pensons donc qu’il est prioritaire que l’Église sache maintenant vivre l’inculturation mais dans un sens inverse aux premiers temps de l’Église puisque le souci de respect pour la culture de notre époque va dans le sens de l’égalité entre les hommes et les femmes.

On se souviendra que les documents du Concile Vatican II donnent beaucoup de place aux Conférences épiscopales nationales. Peut-on vous suggérer que, lors de votre visite « ad limina », vous portiez au Pape François une proposition pour que le Saint-Siège autorise notre Église du Québec à vivre les premières expériences de l’accès des femmes aux ministères ordonnés? Jésus, selon nous, nous demande de vivre la justice dans tous les domaines y compris l’égalité homme-femme dans notre Église.

Les autres conférences nationales feront leur propre choix  sur ce thème, car, pour nous l’unité de l’Église ne signifie pas  l’uniformité. 

Nous espérons que vous prendrez ce dossier à cœur, car  selon nous il en va de la crédibilité de l’Église.

Bien vôtre

Le Parvis de Québec

Voici les noms des membres du Comité de coordination du Parvis de Québec : Hélène Anctil, Grégoire  Bissonnette, Jean-Marc Blondeau, Claude Cantin, Rita Gagné, Michel Laberge, Michelle Larochelle,  Annine Parent, Jacques Racine

Nous invitons toute personne qui  est d’accord avec le  contenu de cette lettre à  nous  envoyer un courriel  d’appui   à l’adresse suivante : 

(cliquer) :  droitsdelafemme@parvisquebec.com    ainsi que vos commentaires si désirés Ne pas oublier de mettre votre adresse physique. 

P.S. : Il est de notre intention de rendre publique cette  missive.




Lettre de soutien de l'évêque des Femmes prêtres catholiques (RCWP) du Canada

15 février 2017

Bonjour M. Bissonnette,
 
Certaines d'entre nous, les Femmes prêtres catholiques du Canada, ont déjà signé votre lettre aux évêques. Mais, au nom des quinze membres  de Roman Catholic Women Priests Canada, dont la plupart sont anglophones et vivent en dehors du Québec, je viens vous redire notre appui à l'initiative de Parvis de Québec.

L'importance de faire connaître le sensus fidelium à la hiérarchie de l'Église ne peut être suffisamment soulignée . Merci d'aller de l'avant.
 
Je ne crois pas qu'on doive vous reprocher la 'faiblesse' de votre argumentation. Nous connaissons celle de Rome et savons à quel point elle est circulaire et fausse. Ce que vous dites résume suffisamment les milliers de page d'argumentation théologique en faveur de l'admission des femmes comme membres à  part entière de l'Église.
 
Comptez sur notre soutien,
 
Marie Evans Bouclin, évêque
Femmes prêtres catholiques romaines (RCWP) Canada
Sudbury, Ontario





Latest From Santa Marta:
 Open Doors For Women
 Priests


Giancarlo Pani, S.J. | February 7, 2017

On August 2, 2016, Pope Francis instituted a commission to study the history of the female diaconate, for the purpose of its possible restoration. And some have seen this as a first step toward priesthood for women, in spite of the fact that Francis himself seems to have ruled it out absolutely, responding as follows to a question on the return flight from his journey to Sweden last November 1:

"For the ordination of women in the Catholic Church, the last clear word was given by Saint John Paul II, and this holds."

But to read the latest issue of “La Civiltà Cattolica,” the question of women priests appears to be anything but closed. On the contrary, wide open.

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'I have to do this': Why some Catholic women are defying Church rules and becoming priests

Nick Purdon and Leonardo Palleja, January 11, 2017

The curtains are drawn as Marie Bouclin transforms the wooden coffee table in her modest living room in Sudbury, Ont., into an altar, lighting candles and filling a chalice with red wine.

A dozen of her parishioners sit in a semicircle around her. One woman is so worried she might be identified, she asks CBC to blur her face in any photos.

Bouclin, one of only two Canadian bishops in a small movement of Roman Catholic women being ordained outside the official Church, leads the room in a service that goes against 2,000 years of Catholic tradition and doctrine.

"In the early Church, people gathered in their homes," Bouclin says. "Who can say that what we're doing is not valid? Sometimes, we have to obey God and not men. And as much as some Catholics don't want to hear this, the Pope is not God."

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Video of Documentary:  Click here






CBC Radio Sudbury interview with Bishop Marie Bouclin

CBC Sudbury Radio, January 12, 2017

The priest is a lot like any religious leader in the Catholic church. The only difference is she's a woman. Marie Bouclin of Sudbury, ON spoke on radio to a genuinely interested and engaged CBC interviewer, inviting of her personal story.  She was able to present the wider contemporary and historical context of the RCWP Canada movement.

Click here to listen to the radio interview.





    Comments to the Editor

What a great edition! I truly enjoyed the article “No Priests” Is the Remedy for the Priest Shortage: Notes for a Home Church; A Short History of the Catholic Priesthood and the Eucharist.

Where do you find this stuff? You must spend hours on the computer.
 
I’m convinced you are a modern prophet.

You are doing more good toward world peace and the reform of the Catholic Church than a hundred preachers that put our people to sleep with their out-dated theology and pious platitudes.
 
I really mean that!
 
Emil Kutarna, Regina, SK





I am so very glad to have received this newsletter!  The history information alone explains very well why my soul longs for change in the Catholic church, including a re-balancing of importance of the rituals vs spiritual education and support, the use of common, understandable language and the acceptance of women and married priests.
 
It is most encouraging to see these efforts and anticipate the remolding that truly must come about.  I will participate in whatever way God calls me to, beginning with prayer.
 
This made my day!!!  May God bless yours.
 
Barbara Wrishko, Regina, SK




Here is an other quote from the bible these blind men should read.

Mark 9:38-40

38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.

39 But Jesus said, Forbid them not: for there is no one which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.

40 For he that is not against us is on our part.

Just food for thought.

A concerned Catholic, New Brunswick





Three scholarly articles relating to complementarity

Women priests or not, gendered theology is hurting the church
 by Natalia Imperatori-Lee

Joys and Hopes, Griefs and Anxieties:

Catholic Women Since Vatican II

 by Susan A. Ross


Pope Francis brings nuance to notion of complementarity
 by Michael G. Lawler  Todd A. Salzman








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by Pat Marrin | January 24, 2017
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