Yesterday, Archbishop Cordileone proposed that teachers and staff at Bay Area high schools within the Archdiocese accept “morality clauses” that condemn homosexuality as contrary to “natural law,” contraception as “intrinsically evil,” ordination of female priests as impossible, and use of assisted reproductive technology as a “grave evil.” Every staff member is expected to “conduct their lives so as to not visibly contradict, undermine or deny these truths.” continue
Cordileone is single-mindedly with great vigor leading the church backwards. Is he trying to drive people away from the Catholic Church? That's what it looks like. He just called almost EVERYBODY evil. Offend women. Offend LGBT people. Offend people who use contraceptives. That doesn't leave very many people left who might agree with Cordileone's stunted version of morality. Maybe, like Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Cordileone should be "promoted" to a new job where he can do less harm.
From NCR we have: What happens when religion becomes devoid of spirit and awe? by Bill Tammeus
Perhaps something like fundamentalism has infected faith ever since humans first felt the religious impulse. By fundamentalism, I mean a false certitude about eternal things and no space where humility might dwell.
"Indisputable credal formulations." That's a perfect description of the Roman Catholic Church's position on the Ordination of Women. Some of you will say that it is not "Credal" for the church to limit the roles of women. In fact, the Vatican has stated their position in a rather "credal" way - there shall be no debate - no discussion of ever ordaining women. The current management team at the Vatican has made it crystal clear. Women are not welcome to lead in the Roman Catholic Church.
Church leaders hide behind Canon Law when they want to put a veneer of justice on their policies. These man made church laws have little to do with justice and nothing at all to do with love. We ask you, church leaders, don't be fundamentalists, don't be religious but not spiritual, drop the fixation on Canon Law, lead with love. ORDAIN WOMEN.
The Toledo Blade is a great newspaper with highly respected journalists. Their religion editor TK Barger has published supportive articles with respect to Roman Catholic Women Priests in general and our friend RCWP priest Beverly Bingle in particular.
Barger recently referred to Beverly as a Roman Catholic Priest. Naturally the Toledo Diocese takes exception to this. They sent out the Rev. Monte Hoyles, along with his advanced degree in Canon Law, to make sure that Barger understood who can and can not be a Roman Catholic Priest. No surprises, in order to be “licit and valid, church law requires the ordained person to be male”. Therefor, Beverly, being female, doesn’t qualify.
In his commentary The many forms of excommunication, Barger does an excellent job of explaining the position of the Roman Catholic Church Canon Law legal team regarding Women Priests. He’s also clearly sympathetic to the position of those of us who support the Ordination of Women. We love this line...
As a Roman Catholic WomanPriest, Rev. Bingle will live her vision of what the Roman Catholic Church could be. full article
We look forward to the day when the Roman Catholic Church will treat women as fully equal spiritual beings. Vatican, stop hiding behind man made "Canon Law". Do the right thing. ORDAIN WOMEN.
Vatican assembly on women equality without priesthood talk 'a joke': Universal Society of Hinduism
Vatican assembly on women's equality in Rome from February 4-7 despite big fanfare seemed like a joke as there was no discussion proposed on women priesthood, distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed stated in Nevada (USA) today.
Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan agrees...
Bridget Mary's Response: I agree with Hindu Leader Rajan Zed that it is time for the Vatican to affirm a renewed priestly ministry with women priests The good news is that the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests is serving inclusive communities where all are welcome to receive sacraments. The image illustrating Vatican equality is disturbing. The Vatican image reflects a patriarchal, dysfunctional church that holds women in spiritual bondage. This image denigrates women's bodies and souls and reflects a deep misogyny in need of healing and transformation. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP
Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan (ARCWP) has issued a brief statement concerning Fr. Illo, the San Francisco priest who has decided to reverse his parish's longstanding policy and bar the use of altar-girls.
The barring of altar girls by a priest in San Francisco California is another example of blatent sexism in the Catholic Church. I believe that altar Girls today will become vibrant future priests! The God who calls is calling women to be priests today! Contrary to Fr. Illo, the catholic priesthood is not a male charism as there are over 200 women in the global Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement.
Today is the Feast Day of Bridget of Kildare. Nearly 1500 years after her death, she serves as the inspiration for our community today.