Love is blind. Obedience shouldn't be.
When the Vatican reprimands U.S. nuns, citing their "radical feminism," three fearless nuns risk their place in the Church to follow another higher calling: social justice.
A woman — and also a Roman Catholic priest
by Will Chabun
Regina Leader Post, Saskatchewan Canada
Published on: September 16, 2016
Jane Kryzanowski remembers the day she got The Call.
Here’s a picture from the August 6th Ordination of Kathy Rolenc in Oaklawn Illinois:
Back row: Revs. Mary Grace Crowley-Koch (Chicago), Lillian Lewis (Three Oaks, MI), Mary Keldermans (Springfield, IL), Marty Meyer-Gad (Mankato, MN), Ann Klonowski (Cleveland, OH), Paula Hoeffer (Cincinnati, OH), Susan Vaickauski (ordained 6-11-16, Chicago).
Front row: Revs. Elsie McGrath (St. Louis, MO), Kathy Rolenc (ordained 8-6-16, Chicago), Bishop Joan Houk (South Bend, IN), candidate Catie Shinn (St. Louis, MO).
From: The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader
Port Townsend, WA
Ordination of a renegade priest: 'I am ready’
By: Ross Anderson Contributing Writer Aug 10, 2016
As a devout Catholic schoolgirl in the 1950s, Judy Dahl was certain that she had been called to become a priest.
Questions from an Ewe discusses “Irregularity” in an essay dated July 14th:
Last week Philadelphia’s Archbishop Chaput said remarried divorced Catholics shouldn’t receive Communion unless they abstain from sex…likewise for same sex couples. Furthermore, he said those same people shouldn’t be allowed to serve on parish councils, instruct the faithful, serve as lectors or dispense Communion. (I think they can still operate heavy machinery and definitely can contribute financially.) He feels such people are in “irregular” relationships that offer “a serious counter-witness to Catholic belief, which can only produce moral confusion in the community.” ‘
Published June 29, 2016
Womenpriests Ordain First Orinda Woman Catholic Priest
By Sora O'Doherty
CALIFORNIA: Joanna Truelson took a big step in her spirituality when the Orinda resident was ordained a Roman Catholic womanpriest at a ceremony at the Orinda Community Church June 25.
From National Catholic Reporter - Francis: Christians must apologize to gay people for marginalizing them by Joshua J. McElwee
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO ROME The Catholic church and other Christian communities must apologize to gay people and to many groups they have let down or offended throughout history, Pope Francis has said.
Really Francis? The Church should ask forgiveness from gay people and women?
NO. We do not forgive the church - we can not and will not - until you put an end to the ongoing abuse and injustice which the Roman Catholic Church continues to pile on women and gay people.
You think that we should “forgive the church" when it has done nothing to stop the very practices which you now ask to be forgiven for? NO NO NO.
These odd comments from the Pope are NOT progress. Francis - you seem inclined towards wisdom. Examine your heart and do the right thing.
ORDAIN WOMEN, MARRY GAY COUPLES.
Then maybe you can come to us and ask for forgiveness.
Also, Francis you should know that when the RCC clings to ancient bigotries against Women and LGBT people, you are also offending many many straight heterosexual men who - surprise - support the women and LGBT people in their lives. You need to seek forgiveness from EVERYBODY, not just women and gay people.
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
From the Washington Post - Florida Catholic bishop: ‘It is religion, including our own,’ that targets LGBT people By Robert Lynch bishop of St. Petersburg
…Sadly it is religion, including our own, that targets, mostly verbally, and often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Attacks today on LGBT men and women often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence.
However, ZACK FORD writing in a Think Progress article No, We Cannot Weep Together makes this important point…
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has dedicated millions of dollars to opposing LGBT equality over the years. Bishop Lynch may be the first actively serving member of that organization to admit that these efforts may have had consequences for LGBT people. read full essay
From the New York Times - 50 ARE SHOT DEAD AT GAY NIGHTCLUB IN FLORIDA; ATTACK IS WORST MASS SHOOTING IN U.S. HISTORY
We deplore the murderous anti-gay violence seen in Orlando this past weekend. All those impacted by this tragedy, you are in our hearts and our prayers.
The shooter may have had bipolar disorder, from reports he definitely had anger management issues. Certainly, we must do everything humanly possible to keep military style assault weapons out of the hands of mentally ill persons.
This particular man was a Muslim. He could just as easily been Christian. Or, indeed, of ANY faith - or no faith at all.
That being said, we must remind ourselves that leaders, at the highest levels of many religious traditions including Christianity, create, support and encourage the anti-gay bigotry that we saw expressed in such an extreme and murderous fashion in Orlando this past weekend.
Personally, we re-dedicate ourselves to NEVER using religious rhetoric as a spiritual weapon to demean or diminish any person - regardless of race, religious faith, nationality, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation or any other factor.
For us, ALL people are created in the image of God and deserve lives of dignity, respect and love.
We call on religious leaders - especially those in our tradition, the Roman Catholic Church - to examine and acknowledge their own complicity in creating the environment in which extreme anti-gay violence thrives.
The Roman Catholic Church must end all rhetoric that brands LGBT people as defective, disordered, sinful or in any way morally-less-than heterosexual people.
The Roman Catholic Church must acknowledge that both its’ anti-gay and anti-woman rhetoric have caused grave harm and vow to make amends by taking action to bring all people together in equality and love.
The Roman Catholic Church must end and repudiate all discriminatory dogma, rhetoric and actions which demean and diminish Women and LGBT people.
For a start - ORDAIN WOMEN, MARRY GAY COUPLES
If the Roman Catholic Church wishes to retain any shred of moral leadership and relevancy in the years ahead, these are non-negotiable changes which must be implemented immediately.
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks about feminism, role-models and raising children.
That’s where we want to get to. If your a progressive, you really should be a feminist because it’s about equality, it’s about respect, it’s about making the best of the world we have.
From the Chicago Tribune Northbrook woman to be ordained by Womenpriests group By Phil Rockrohr
Despite the disapproval of some fellow Catholics and her likely excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church, Susan Vaickauski says she must answer the "call."
Our Community Priest Ann Klonowski has shared some photos of the Wisteria which she and Al are growing in their back yard. The pictures are so gorgeous we couldn't resist publishing them as a slide shoe here. Enjoy...
From NCR - It's time to be honest about Pope Francis and women by Jamie Manson
Several years ago, I asked in this column, "When does our hope for Pope Francis become denial?"
We agree with the conclusions that Jamie comes to in her essay. It is now abundantly clear that Francis does not understand what justice, dignity and full equality mean with respect to the function of Catholic Women within the Roman Catholic Church. Francis is not constrained by Roman bureaucracy. He is constrained by his own lack of understanding and vision.
Pope Francis believes that women cannot assume these leadership roles in the church because of our bodies. He believes the God simply cannot work through the female body in the way in which God works through the male body. He believes that, when it comes to consecrating the Eucharist, the female anatomy somehow renders God powerless.
It is increasingly clear that we will not see justice for women in the Catholic Church under this pope.
From MS Magazine - Flying in the Face of Catholic Law, These Women Are Claiming the Priesthood ~by Allison Shapiro
In the rest of the city, people are trudging through the rain and struggling to keep their umbrellas from flipping inside out. But inside Chicago’s Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, it’s warm and bright. A small choir and a guitarist are warming up, the sound of their hymn barely filling the open space of the nave. Soon they’ll have the voices of the congregation to bolster them.
Iglesia Descalza has published an update on the Women's Ordinations celebrated during March and April. They provide brief bios of the Women Priests and Deacons along with some Ordination pictures. We extend our congratulations to these women and pray that their ministries will bring compassion, love and healing into a broken world.
From the Fresno Bee - Stanislaus County woman defies ban on Catholic women priests By Razi Syed
Donnieau Snyder knew she had to answer the call to priesthood, even though it meant she would be excommunicated from the faith she grew up in.
From Zócalo — God Calls My Name, but the Church Won’t Let Me Answer: The Roman Catholic Ban on Female Priests Is Leaving Women—and Thousands of Parishes—Idle and Powerless
By Jamie L. Manson March 22, 2016
Zócalo AZ: “What do you do when God calls you and the church blocks you from answering?” a journalist once asked me.