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From NCR: The unique gifts women can bring to the role of pastor by Bill Tammeus:
My congregation has just done something currently impossible for a Catholic congregation to replicate: It has voted to call a woman as our associate pastor. She'll be the fourth woman to serve in that capacity in our congregation's 150-year history.
VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Wednesday backed efforts for equal pay for men and women who perform the same work, saying that continuing disparities in pay for women are a "pure scandal."
It’s interesting to hear Francis promote “radical equality” for women while the vast religious organization he leads discriminates against women in PROFOUND ways. Apparently, Francis has no sense of irony and is blind to the hypocrisy inherent in his statements. We think it's "pure scandal" that the Roman Church refuses to treat women with "radical equality". How long must we wait for justice?
His words will mean something when he insists that women priests be paid the same salary as male priests.
From Huffington Post: Religious Views On Same-Sex Marriage Have Radically Changed by Carol Kuruvilla
When Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2003, America's major religious denominations didn’t offer much support.
This article includes a great graph charting the approval of marriage equality across multiple religious denominations in the US.
In his name
Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP) is please to announce the Ordination of seven new Priests:
Barbara Ann Beadles
Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 26, 2015
For the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Ann was invited to preach at the Brecksville United Church of Christ. She used the gospel from the common lectionary (the Good Shepherd), but chose the first reading and the “Continuing Testament” (a UCC tradition) from other sources as noted.
The First Reading: Ephesians 2:4-10.
The Gospel: John 10:11-18
Continuing Testament: Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi, Richard Rohr, pp. 183-88.
What image comes to mind when we hear “the Good Shepherd”? Lots of us may see some sweet, Sunday school picture of meek and mild Jesus. It’s an image many like to share with children.
continue to full homily
From NYT: It’s Not Gay Marriage vs. the Church Anymore By William N. Eskridge, Jr.
NEW HAVEN — THIS week, committed gay couples seeking the right to marry will take their case to the Supreme Court. The plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges are supported by amicus briefs submitted by a variety of institutions and people, from the former N.F.L. player Chris Kluwe to Ken Mehlman, a past chairman of the Republican National Committee.
The Roman Catholic Church remains solidly opposed to justice with respect to marriage equality. While Rome’s Cardinals cling to a stunted version of morality, a strong majority of Catholic People in the US now support full legal marriage equality. With their position on this issue, the Roman Catholic Church has put themselves out of the main-stream by taking a stand that is seen, by increasing majorities of Catholics, as immoral.
There are only two things that matter in this world,
only these are real — unrelieved suffering and unrelenting compassion.
A holy life is one that suspends itself like a brittle bridge between them,
willingly between the anguish and the awe,
the impermeable shadow and the encompassing light.
--Mary Luti, Village Church UCC pastor, Wellesley, MA
From Common Dreams: Imperative to Abandon Fossil Fuels Called Opportunity 'Too Good to Be Missed
If dramatic action is not taken in Paris later this year, the planet faces a high risk of reaching a 6°C riseand potentially catastrophic climate scenarios
by Jon Queally, staff writer:
Calling 2015 a "critical year for humanity" and setting out what must be achieved at UN climate talks scheduled for Paris in December, a group of scientists and economists from some of the world's top research institutions is marking Earth Day by saying a commitment to "leaving at least three quarters of all known fossil fuel reserves in the ground" must be met in order to save the world from the most devastating impacts of climate change. continue reading
Coal, the No. 1 cause of climate change, is dying. Last year saw a record number of coal plant retirements in the United States, and a study last week from Duke University found that since 2008, the coal industry shed nearly 50,000 jobs, while natural gas and renewable energy added four times that number.
CLEVELAND -- City Council passed a resolution supporting gay marriage (Marriage equality) in the state of Ohio Monday evening. The resolution passed by a vote of 14 to two.
We thank Cleveland for joining the other large Ohio cities in their support of this major social justice issue. The US Supreme Court will hear oral argument next Tuesday in a case which is widely expected to guarantee marriage equality rights nationwide. Thirty-seven US States currently have legal marriage equality.
From the NYT: Pope Stops Investigating the Good Sisters
The Vatican’s misguided investigation of American Catholic nuns seemed thoroughly steeped in chauvinism from its inception three years ago by the church’s male-dominated bureaucracy. Rome’s move against widely respected churchwomen was puzzling and provocative in an era of scandal by male priests committing child rape and being repeatedly shielded by their male superiors. continue reading
From the San Francisco Chronicle: Prominent Catholics call on pope to oust S.F. archbishop by Matier & Ross
In an unprecedented move, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members signed a full-page ad running Thursday in The Chronicle that calls on Pope Francis to replace San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance.”
We agree completely. Sal Cordileone has proven himself entirely incapable of being a good pastor to the San Francisco Archdiocese. He should be demoted to a position in which he can do less harm.
(RNS) The Vatican on Thursday (April 16) officially ended a controversial investigation of American nuns with a face-saving compromise that allows Pope Francis to close the book on one of the more troubled episodes from the pontificate of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. continue reading
From Religion News Services (RNS): Vatican ends controversial investigation of U.S. nuns with olive branch by David Gibson
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