In Sexism: The Original Sin Of The Church Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, executive editor of HuffPost Religion, talks with four prominent religious leaders:
From Huffington Post: Altar Server Scandal Is Reminder Of How Far The Catholic Church Has To Go With Women by Lydia O’Connor
While Pope Francis has been widely hailed as a champion of social progress, when it comes to elevating women’s roles, critics say the Catholic Church still has a long way to go. continue
Women's Ordination Conference (WOC) responds to Misogynist Ban on Altar Girls in San Francisco Archdiocese with an action alert calling on its members to voice their concerns by calling the San Francisco archdiocese at 415-614-5500.
The damaging message that girls do not have a place on the altar has lasting repercussions on the minds and faith all children, and for the many families trying to keep the Church relevant in their lives. ~ WOC representative Kate McElwee.
Please read the full WOC action alert and then call the San Francisco Diocese.
OH MY GOD — you’ve just got to read this: San Francisco priest bars altar girls, sparks another controversy by David Gibson. This article is full of one ignorant, tone-deaf comment after another - both from Fr. Joseph Illo and from Cardinal Burke.
Illo’s reasoning for the no girls need apply policy…
The first, he said, is that "boys usually end up losing interest [in altar service] because girls generally do a better job."
His solution? Get rid of the girls - even though they are doing a better job than the boys.
From Cardinal Burke…
"It requires a certain manly discipline to serve as an altar boy in service at the side of [a] priest, and most priests have their first deep experiences of the liturgy as altar boys," said the former archbishop of St. Louis. He added that "the sanctuary has become full of women" and that has discouraged men from taking part in church life.
One hardly knows what to say about that! Except that many parents are understandably hesitant for their children to have “deep experiences” anywhere near Rome’s male-only clergy. How can Burke not understand that a major factor in the steady decline in the Roman Church is their old boys club management team and the anti-woman attitudes they cling to?
Take your tums and then read this article. It’s revealing.
LONDON (AP) — Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England ended Monday, as the 500-year-old institution consecrated its first female bishop.
Coverage in The Guardian includes great photos: First female Church of England bishop consecrated in York
We're still waiting for justice within the Roman led Catholic Church. Rome, how long will you persist in your views that women are second-class christians? How long will it be before we read this headline - "Male domination in the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church ended Monday"? Listen up Vatican. Justice Delayed is Justice Denied. ORDAIN WOMEN.
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A Bay Area church is now under fire over a controversial new policy saying only boys can be altar servers.
The retrograde Archbishop of San Francisco supports this discriminatory policy. A seventh grader at the parish school has better pastoral instincts than either Fr. Illo or the Archbishop. One day SHE will make and excellent Catholic Priest.
“It just kind of makes me feel that I’m not good enough because I’m a girl,” said a 7th grader at the school who wishes to stay anonymous.
In Two "rebels" ordained - Iglesia Descalza covers the recent ordinations of Georgia Walker and Rita Lucey.
Rev. Lucey told the Orlando Sentinel that she doesn't accept the institutional Church's arguments against women's ordination. "I see that as a man-made thing rather than a revealed truth. It's a patriarchal interpretation of the Scriptures that definitely has sexual bias."
Faith Doesn’t Need Walls: A Conversation with Kate Kelly by Kate Stoltzfus
"One thing I’ve learned through this journey is that men do not control my happiness or my connection to God,” Kelly said. “When men tried to tell me that I don’t get to go to heaven because they disagree with something I said, I think that was revolutionary for me to say, ‘Nope! That’s not true. You don’t get to decide that." full story
One of the world's great biblical scholars has died: Marcus Borg, leading liberal theologian and historical Jesus expert, dies at 72
(RNS) Marcus J. Borg, a prominent liberal theologian and Bible scholar who for a generation helped popularize the intense debates about the historical Jesus and the veracity and meaning of the New Testament, died on Wednesday (Jan. 21). He was 72 and had been suffering from a prolonged illness, friends said. continue
Did Pope Francis Just Break New Ground On Birth Control?
The quick answer is NO. In fact, the pope has re-affirmed the odd church teaching which bans the use of contraceptives. Really! The All male run Roman Church has lost a tremendous amount of moral capital because of it perverse teaching against birth control. It’s time to change this. Catholic People everywhere have already soundly rejected this teaching. It’s time for the men in the Vatican to catch up - and admit that they made a mistake on this issue.
Francis will soon release a major Encyclical on the subject of Human Caused Global Warming. We are in the process of destroying the Earth’s capacity to sustain human life. If we don’t change course very soon human populations on this planet will shrink violently and disruptively due to rising sea levels, disruptive loss of food production capacity, heat waves and violent catastrophic weather events. If we are to maintain a livable and sustainable planet Earth, one of the things we MUST be able to do is control the size of our families and therefor the use or our limited resources. Please Church. Please Francis. You see what’s going on. It’s time to be part of the solution. article
NBC News coverage of Rita Lucey Ordination: Wife, Grandma, Catholic Priest? Rebel Women Defy Church Ban:
Eighty-year-old Rita Lucey has been a military wife, a foster parent and a great-grandmother. But one title she coveted was off-limits because she's a woman: Roman Catholic priest.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. The court’s announcement made it likely that it would resolve one of the great civil rights questions of the age before its current term ends in June. full story
Currently 36 US Sates representing 71% of the US population have Marriage Equality. We encourage the US Supreme Court to enforce the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution and recognize the nationwide constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
NBC will run an interview of Rita Lucey of Orlando and Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP) as Rita is ordained a priest Jan. 17, 2 p.m. at Christ Church Unity, 771 Holden Ave. in Orlando.
The clips will be shown on NBC Today on Sunday, Jan. 18, 8-9 a.m.EST.
The Real Enemy Is Fundamentalism and It Doesn't Belong Exclusively to Islam by Nayomi Munaweera
What does it mean to live in a world where medieval debates about what is blasphemy and what is not still result in bloodshed? And yet I have to say that the enemy of free expression, of everything that is sacred to me as writer is not Islam, but fundamentalism of any kind. continue
From NCR: The church is more than just the pope by Thomas Reese
When conversation turns to the priest shortage, I sometimes joke, "Maybe God knows what she is doing. Maybe this is the only way to end clericalism in the church."
Ordain Women's New Campaign Imagines A Future Where Women Can Give Blessings.
Ordain Women is the Mormon group advocating the Ordination of Mormon women to the Priesthood. They've produced a very moving series of photos designed to envision a future when women can extend the traditional Mormon blessings on other Mormons. Please take a look.
From Huffington Post: Only men are allowed to become priests within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. That means men are the only ones allowed to confer formal blessings on other Mormons, offering them healing, comfort, and encouragement.
We fully support or Mormon sisters and brother as they seek greater justice within their religious traditions.
This is definitely worth a read...
From PewResearch Social & Demographic Trends
Women and Leadership: Public Says Women are Equally Qualified, but Barriers Persist
According to the majority of Americans, women are every bit as capable of being good political leaders as men. The same can be said of their ability to dominate the corporate boardroom. And according to a new Pew Research Center survey on women and leadership, most Americans find women indistinguishable from men on key leadership traits such as intelligence and capacity for innovation, with many saying they’re stronger than men in terms of being compassionate and organized leaders.