Synod on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment
Catholic Church Reform Int'l | January 15, 2017
To young people, their parents, grandparents, and friends:
you have moved on from the Church believing it to be outdated and out
of touch with your needs, you have an unprecedented opportunity to turn
this around. We have just sent out this press release and invite you to
join in the movement for all people of all ages - and especially the
younger generation - to speak up for the good of our church.
To remain silent is to be complicit with whatever wrongs you see in
Church teachings.To ignore the positions of the church that differ from
your beliefs is to be complicit. To live your lives as if the church
doesn't concern you is to be complicit.
Pope Francis has opened the door and sent a letter to young people inviting
you to speak up so that he can "listen to your voice, your
sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism." All
of this will culminate at the Synod on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment scheduled for October 2018 where young people will be invited to participate.
Catholic Action vs. Neo-Conservatism: An Invitation to an Alternative Weekly Mass in a small Christian community
Mike Rivage-Seul, January 11, 2017
As indicated in earlier postings the ascension of Donald Trump and his
group of billionaire confidants to national leadership calls people of
faith in general and Catholics in particular to adopt extraordinary and
vigorous responses to the grave threat their ascent signifies.
This posting represents one such response. Its call is especially
urgent in the light of the fact that the Trump administration and
Republicans in general embody what Noam Chomsky has termed “the most
dangerous organization in the history of the world.” Their unanimous
climate-change denial accords them the title. In fact, they not only
deny the human causality of climate chaos, they plan to proceed full
speed ahead with the practices (oil and gas drilling and fracking) that
our planet’s finest minds identify as its causes. The Republicans (with
the Democrats not far behind) are leading us all like lemmings to the
precipice of planetary destruction and the end of human life as we know
This is no exaggeration. As Pope Francis has written so eloquently:
"Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain. We
may well be leaving to coming generations debris, desolation and filth.
The pace of consumption, waste and environmental change has so
stretched the planet’s capacity that our contemporary lifestyle,
unsustainable as it is, can only precipitate catastrophes, such as
those which even now periodically occur in different areas of the
world. The effects of the present imbalance can only be reduced by our
decisive action here and now. We need to reflect on our accountability
before those who will have to endure the dire consequences." (Laudato
It is clear that despite Francis’ strong words, “decisive action” in
the face of Trumpism’s climate-change denial and other destructive
policies has no chance of issuing from the diocesan Catholic Church nor
from our local Catholic community in Berea. So the invitation here is
to Catholics and other people of faith to create an alternative (or, if
you will, a complementary) community of faith to celebrate a
house-church Mass each week. Its liturgy will be characterized by sharp
awareness of the unique political context we are now entering. Each
will be followed by discussions planning direct action against Trumpism
in all of its forms.
The Mass will be simple and prayerful. It will take place on Saturday
evenings in a home (Peggy’s and mine to begin with). Together we will
sing some inspiring songs, reflect on the week’s liturgical readings in
the light of the Church’s rich social justice tradition, and break
bread eucharistically before sharing a pot-luck supper. Each meeting
will incorporate planning for specific acts of resistance.
The first convening of this alternative community will take place on
Saturday, January 21st, the day after Mr. Trump’s inauguration which is
scheduled for January 20th. Here are the details:
Berea’s Weekly Alternative Home-Church Mass
Place: 404 Jackson St.
Singing, opening prayers, & Liturgy of the Word (5:00-5:45)
Eucharist (around the dining room table) & Pot Luck (5:45-6:45)
Planning the week’s direct action (6:45-7:00)
7:00 (promptly): Dismissal
Beginnings, no doubt, will be small and modest. But we should not be
discouraged. Ideas about how to proceed more inspiringly will surely
develop as all group members share their suggestions.
 Starting next Tuesday, I will start a 4-part series here explaining
the history and theology behind home liturgies including an explanation
of current theologies of the Eucharist and “Real Presence.”
 For those who remember: The faith community envisioned here might
be thought of as a more spiritually-focused Berea Inter-Faith Task
Force for Peace.
Mike Rivage-Seul's Blog | January 11, 2017 at 1:32 PM
(Permission received to print the above article in its entirety.)
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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'I have to do this': Why some Catholic women are defying Church rules and becoming priests
CBC-TV National Documentary
Article and Video
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
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
"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."
Video of Documentary: Click here
Mulling the practical pros and cons of married priests
are plenty of historical and theological arguments for and against
married priests, but few stop to consider the practical pros and cons.
Yet Catholicism already has married priests, and here one of them
shares his experience.
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.
Does Catholic Church praise for Mary Magdalene show progress towards women priests?
Trevor Timpson | January 12. 2017
The emotional scene in John's Gospel in which Jesus calls to the
grieving Mary Magdalene by name and she tries to touch him has inspired
The gospels depict Mary Magdalene as one of Jesus' closest companions.
Her emotional encounter with the risen Jesus and her supposed sinful
past have fascinated Christians for centuries.
The latest of many films about her is released shortly. Its heroine,
played by Rooney Mara, is billed as a young woman who joins "a radical
new social movement" and "must confront the reality of Jesus' destiny
and her own place within it".
Meanwhile, the Roman Catholic Church has enhanced the saint's status.
Last year her Saint's Day (22 July) was promoted to a Feast, equal to
those of most of the male Disciples. Explaining the decision,
Archbishop Arthur Roche pointed out that she had long been known as
"apostle to the apostles, as she announces to the apostles what they in
turn will announce to all the world."
German priests: open the priesthood to women, make priestly celibacy voluntary
Christa Pongratz-Lippitt | Jan. 13, 2017
In an open
letter on the state of the church and priestly ministry in Germany, a
group of 11 German priests from the Cologne archdiocese have urged the
church to open the priesthood to both men and women and to make
priestly celibacy voluntary.
They underline seven essential points for the future of the church, including the following:
my studies of the Bible I came across the following and It brought to
mind the arguments of the Church's objections to women priests.
This could be used in your answer to those who oppose your movement.
Jesus And the Traditions of The Elders
some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and
asked, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They
don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
3 Jesus replied, “And why
do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For
God said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses
his father or mother must be put to death.’ 5 But you say that if a man
says to his father and mother, ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have
received from me is a gift devoted to God,’ 6 he is not to ‘honor his
father’ with it. Thus, you nullify the word of God for the sake of your
7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about
8 ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men’.”
Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you not know that the
Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” 13 He replied, “Every
plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the
roots. 14 Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a
blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
I PRAY ND HOPE THAT SOMEDAY THESE BLIND MEN SEE THE ERROR OF THERE WAYS.
A concerned Catholic, New Brunswick
I watched ordination and interviews on CBC TV.
It was very beautifully done and the hymn was uplifting. Best
wishes to all of you as you quietly carry on in your mission.
A concerned Catholic, British Columbia
Just watched The National. Thank you for openly being a champion for all Roman Catholic women.
A concerned Catholic, Alberta