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.
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
This is a big step in the right direction...
From the British national morning newspaper The Independent: Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
The theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real and God is not “a magician with a magic wand”, Pope Francis has declared.
From The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio ministers’ sermons to support same-sex marriage By JoAnne Viviano
In her 12 years as an ordained minister, the Rev. Sarah Reed has concentrated on a core message, one that she preaches 50 different ways a year.
We thank these Ohio ministers for supporting the gospel values of love and inclusion.
Roman Catholic Womanpriest (RCWP) is pleased to announce that Kathleen Bean will be ordained to the priesthood Saturday, April 11 at 1:30 pm at Harmony Creek Church, 5280 Bigger Road, Dayton, Ohio 45440. Bishop Joan Clark Houk is the ordaining bishop. All are very welcome!
Read Kathleen’s profile at LGBT Religious Archives Network
From Iglesia Descalza: Colombian woman priest denounces sexism in the Catholic Church
Caracol Radio (English translation by Rebel Girl)
Our love and gratitude to Brecksville United Church of Christ...
It is with much Easter joy that the Community of St. Bridget, an inclusive Catholic community, expresses much gratitude to you for your open and generous sharing of the Paschal mysteries with us. Our shared Holy Week celebrations were especially meaningful to us precisely because they were shared. This sort of cooperation demands extra effort that some folks may not be aware of, but the generosity of a few makes for a deeper experience for all. Thank you!
May Easter blessings rain upon you throughout this holy season!
In gratitude, Mary Collingwood and Ann Klonowski and the Community of St. Bridget
The Community of St. Bridget will be celebrating Holy Week and sharing the celebration with the Brecksville UCC. As usual, all liturgies are open to all so please invite friends and family!
Palm (Passion) Sunday: Saturday, March 28 at 5 pm
Holy Thursday: April 2, soup supper at 6:30. At 7 pm, a shared service with the BUCC community
Good Friday: April 3 services at 7 pm
The Great Vigil/Easter will be celebrated on Saturday April 4 at 8:30 pm.
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From CBS Philly: Annual Vigil Outside Philadelphia Cathedral Demands Ordination of Women as Catholic Priests:
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A group of Catholic women stood witness today outside the home of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, calling once again for the ordination of women as priests in the Catholic Church.