Q: What kind of training do women priests get? Are they at the seminary?
A: As a rule, women priests have the same level of education as men priests. (Several have more.) For some, that has meant study at seminaries. In addition to their formal education, many women priests have worked for years as catechists, members of pastoral teams, religious educators, and other positions in the institutional church. There is additional formation through the leadership in the women priest movement. In addition, they go through a rigorous psychological screening (through outside, independent agencies), background checks, and scrutiny regarding their spiritual well-being. Women priests are very well trained and eager to minister with and to the people of God!
Last week, we spoke of how to go about forgiving others. This week we discuss how many times one forgives, and who deserves forgiveness. This week is also what some have dubbed “Forgiveness Sunday.”
What kind of world do we really want to live in?
Q: I would love to come to mass at the Community of St. Bridget, but Saturdays at 5 don't work for me. Is there a tiny chance that you could come to me? --Hopeful
A: There isn't a tiny chance; there is a HUGE chance! Nothing supports women priests like putting them to work! It is soooo easy to host a mass. We bring everything needed. All you need to do is have enough room for your family and/or friends to gather and we're set! (If you want to invite more people than will fit in your house, public libraries are very accommodating for private meetings. Call your local branch and arrange a time. It's that simple. But call us first to make sure we can be there, too!)
From Huffington Post:
Pope Francis On Climate Change Denial: ‘Man Is Stupid’
By Chris D’Angelo
WASHINGTON — Climate change denials amid catastrophic hurricanes are a reminder that humans are not a particularly smart species, Pope Francis said Sunday while flying over areas in the Caribbean decimated by Hurricane Irma.
From Huffington Post:
Hundreds Of Christian Leaders Denounce Anti-LGBTQ ‘Nashville Statement’
By Antonia Blumberg
A day after evangelical leaders released a manifesto railing against same-sex marriage and the LGBTQ community, hundreds of Christian leaders and thousands of other concerned citizens have come forward with strong messages of inclusion. continue reading
Also, here is the text of the full statement issued by Christians United. It’s well worth the read.
Want to help Texans suffering from hurricane Harvey, but not sure what to do? Here is one suggestion: the Houston Food Bank. Whether or not you are able to send money, let's remember them and the victims of Irma in our prayers. These are interesting--and terribly challenging--times.
(This is merely one suggestion. We have worked with the Cleveland Food Bank for our community meal in Lakewood and know that food banks are effective and efficient. If you would like another suggestion for victims of Harvey and Irma, please consider checking out Charity Navigator. They do a wonderful job of evaluating charities for efficiency and efficacy.)
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