Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pope Francis Demands Just Distribution of World's Resources

ROME (AP) — "Pope Francis demanded a more just distribution of the world's bounty for the poor and hungry Thursday, telling a U.N. conference on nutrition that access to food is a basic human right that shouldn't be subject to market speculation and quests for profit.
"We ask for dignity, not for charity," Francis told the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
His speech came a day after more than 170 countries at the conference adopted new voluntary guidelines to prevent malnutrition, promote healthy diets and reduce levels of obesity around the globe.
Currently, one-third of the world's population suffers from nutritional deficiencies of the sort that caused 45 percent of all child deaths in 2013, according to U.N. data. At the same time, 42 million children under age 5 are overweight and some 500 million adults were obese in 2010."

Joan Chittister: You can lose everything, but win in the end by simply going on

"By Margery Eagan
This column appeared in Crux Nov. 14, 2014
"The day before Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley went on “60 Minutes” to declare the Vatican investigation of American nuns “a disaster,” the woman who once led those nuns, Joan Chittister, knocked it out of the park before 600 rapt fans who packed the Wellesley College chapel Saturday."...
“The rising comes when we are able to commit our lives to something worth being condemned for,” said Chittister, a Benedictine nun....
Chittister told the women there: no matter how old or tired or sick you are, decide what you can do in the time you have left, and do it. “Choose what’s best in life over what is comfortable. Chose witness in life over the country club scene … Find a purpose large enough on which to spend yourselves. Torture, climate change, something that says, ‘my life isn’t over. This is yet to be done.’ What will they remember about you when you’re gone? What are you doing now that will not be forgotten? You can say, ‘Oh, I don’t go to those rally things.’ Honey, I hope you remember that explanation when your own property is under water.”
...Remember, she said as she ended to a prolonged standing ovation, “These 14 stations are not about suffering, but about how to live through suffering. They’re not about the death of Jesus, but about Jesus’ life born in us to support us through our own death and resurrection.

“We are not meant to be the people of the cross. We are people of the empty tomb. We are alleluia people … And He is here, with us. Emmanuel, Emmanuel.”

Open Letter to Cardinal O'Malley by Erin Saiz Hanna and Kate McElwee ,Women's Ordination Conference, November 20, 2014

Dear Cardinal Sean O’Malley:
In what has already become an infamous “60 Minutes” interview, you stated
to Norah O’Donnell: “If I were founding a church, I’d love to have women priests. But Christ founded it, and what he has given us is something different.”
As women born well after Vatican II, we are constantly asked: “Why would any young, educated woman choose to stay in a Church that purposefully denies her equality?” We stay because we believe that Jesus did give us “something different.” Jesus gave us the Gospel message of equality and social justice, where all people are made in God’s image and welcomed at the table.
Unfortunately, the Catholic hierarchy has given the Church only misguided, theologically dubious doctrines that have been refuted time and time again. You may not have founded our faith, but in today’s Church you do have a voice, authority, and a vote, which is something denied to women.
Thanks to the work of historians and theologians, including the Vatican’s own Pontifical Biblical Commission in 1976 that concluded there is no theological basis to exclude women from the priesthood, we believe that Jesus did not ordain anyone, male or female, but actively sought out the companionship, conversation, and witness of women.
In all four gospels, Mary Magdalene was the primary witness to the central event of Christianity — Christ’s resurrection. In John’s Gospel, Jesus called on Mary Magdalene — a woman — to preach the good news of his resurrection to the other disciples. The Scriptures also mention eight women who led small house churches, including Phoebe, Priscilla, and Prisca. And, not least of all, Mary of Nazareth, who answered her vocational call from God and first brought Jesus, body and flesh, into our world.

Cardinal Sean, please stop making Jesus your partner in gender discrimination. As Catholics, we believe “every type of discrimination … based on sex … is to be overcome and eradicated as contrary to God’s intent” (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, #29). By perpetuating a system that excludes women from sacramental ministry, and denies women their baptismal equality, the Catholic Church implicitly gives permission to the rest of the world to oppress and dominate women.
As you mentioned in your interview, women do have important roles within the Church: the majority of lay ministers and church administrators are women. However, until the vocations of women are not just valued in our Church, but recognized and empowered at every level, as equals to men, the hierarchy will remain of place of painful discrimination.
We implore you to stop endorsing the tragic message that the Roman Catholic Church, the world’s largest organized faith community, chooses to oppress women because it’s what Jesus wanted. Furthermore, we would welcome a personal meeting with you in order to have a conversation about women’s ordination, and the true poverty of a Church that excludes the theology, leadership, and vocations of half its members.
Erin Saiz Hanna and Kate McElwee
Co-directors of the Women’s Ordination Conference
Founded in 1975, the Women’s Ordination Conference is the oldest and largest national organization that is working to ordain women as priests, deacons, and bishops into an inclusive and accountable Roman Catholic Church. Erin resides in the Greater Boston area; Kate lives in Rome.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ARCWP Priests and Deacon Celebrate Liturgy in Home in Lexington, KY.

Left to right,  ARCWP- Deacon Annie Watson,
ARCWPPriests Olga Lucia Alvarez, Janice Sevre-Duszynska, and Donna Rougeux
ARCWP Priests, Deacon and Family Celebrate Liturgy in Kentucky
This past weekend Olga Lucia Alvarez from Colombia presided at  a liturgy at Janice Sevre-Duszynska's home in Lexington, Kentucky. Donna Rougeux, Annie Watson, and some of Annie's family members were present. We then shared a wonderful meal together prepared by Janice. Annie's son, Andrew, spent an hour or so speaking to Olga about life in Columbia.  It was so wonderful to see a young man so excited about our movement!


Annie Watson

Please Don't Blame Your Sexism on Jesus/Bridget Mary -Cardinal O'Mallley looked like a deer caught in the headlights defending the indefensible, sexism, in the Catholic Church/interview with Norah O'Donnell on 60 Minutes!
Bridget Mary's Response:
Cardinal Sean O'Malley looked like a deer caught in the headlights, defending the indefensible, sexism in the Catholic Church in the 60 Minutes interview with Norah O'Donnell on Nov. 16,2 014.
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP,,

Quesstions from a Ewe
"You see, Sean tells us it's not him and the rest of the clergy who are sexist; evidently it's Jesus who is.  Sean really, really, really and I mean a million times really wishes he could ordain a woman but gosh darn it, even though Jesus said Peter could hold whatever he wanted loosed or bound....there was a disclaimer written in invisible ink only discernible by clergy eyes that says something like this, "except when it comes to ordaining women, approving of homosexuals or using birth control...there I draw the line guys...and I mean the 'guys' part literally..."

Monday, November 17, 2014

Church of England Officially Accepts Women Bishops, Pope Francis and Women Priests- a Path Forward

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Twenty years after women were ordained as priests, the Church of England is set to appoint its first woman bishop by year’s end or at the start of 2015.
On Monday (Nov. 17), the church’s two most senior leaders, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of York John Sentamu, signed the change into church, or canon, law after asking the General Synod, made up of bishops, clergy and laity, to signal their approval by a show of hands.
The shattering of what’s called “the Church of England’s stained-glass window” marks the culmination of years of campaigning for reform.
Bridget Mary's Response:

Newly Ordained ARCWP  Priest on left: Judith Bautista, from Colombia, , Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan,, Deacon Janet Blakeley,
on right, Deacon Sally Brochu and Olga Lucia Alvarez from Colombia, Nov. 1, 2014, Sarasota, Florida
From left to right, newly ordained  ARCWPdeacons: Sally Brochu, Bridget Mary Meehan, and Janet Blakeley at Nov. 1, 2014 ordination in Sarasota, Fl. 
Now it is time for  Pope Francis to change official teaching on women priests and support gender equality in all areas of the church's life. The international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement is living Gospel equality in inclusive Catholic communities. Pope Francis could begin this journey to justice for women in the church by lifting the excommunications and punishments against women priests and our supporters and declare a new day of welcome for all who are live and minister on the margins as witnesses for justice. In the Gospels we encounter Jesus with lepers, tax collectors, prostitutes, the poor and sick. He ministers on the margins with the marginalized. So do women priests. We are on the margins of our church. We invite all those who are not welcome in the mainstream church, the divorced and remarried, LGBT, women, and many others who are alienated from Catholicism to come to the Banquet of God's boundless love. We are one with the community of the baptized rising up for justice for all of God's people, especially the most vulnerable and rejected. 
We welcome dialogue with Pope Francis who said that" inequality is the root of social sin."
We agree! This includes sexism in the Catholic Church.  So let us move forward to a new day of healing and welcome for women as spiritual equals in the Catholic family. 
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP
Bishops, Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests

Archbishop Dolan Plans to Close 31 Parishes in New York City, Women Priests Offer Sacramental Ministries in Inclusive Communities by Denise Menard Davis, ARCWP

Recently, Archbishop Dolan has presented the plan that will close 31 parishes in a process that will leave NYC with only 55 Catholic Churches, compared to an original 112. He has stressed this is necessary for the Church’s future.  I disagree. This action has resulted only because the Church remains firmly entrenched in the past.

The archbishop referred to churches that were once filled on Sunday morning being now almost empty as one reason. Usually the challenges of modern life are blamed for the absences. I wonder if he’s ever thought that people may not want to attend a church where….

    men and their designated leaders make key decisions with only token consultation of those most affected.
    love, if not shared within specific contexts, may be a source of sin, or even worse, the reason to label someone as being “disordered.”
    its most treasured possession - Eucharist - is withheld not from people who cheat the poor or libel the stranger. Rather the Eucharist is denied those who commit their lives to others in the wrong ways or who use birth control even to protect women’s health.
    a person who seeks only to give her fullest self in ordained ministry to God and creation is not only refused the opportunity, but kicked out of the Church itself if she dares to speak or act.
I suspect that many have left the Church with such reasons in mind, and now those who have remained will feel ever more acutely what happens as this Church refuses to budge from the past.

Rather than accepting with gratitude the gifts of all willing to offer their lives to ordained ministry, the Church prefers to make parishes not only larger but more impersonal as handfuls of men seek to meet the sacramental needs of hundreds of parishioners. Furthermore, priests who do show support for women’s ordination  are deemed to be so dangerous that they are  severely punished or even kicked out, regardless of their  age or years of service.

How tragic this all is! In having seen such closures before in Louisville, KY, I ache, knowing that as these parishes close, some of our most vulnerable people, especially in neighborhoods such as East Harlem, will become incapable of attending weekly Mass. Within merged parishes, another problem arises. Many people, especially our children today, will never know what it is to celebrate a sacrament with a priest who is also a beloved friend. With so many people to serve, at best these priests may know their parishioners’ names. At worst, they’ll be walking into baptisms, weddings, even funerals, having never even talked to those they will serve.

Fortunately, another part of the Catholic Church is moving forward, embracing the ordinations not only of women, but married men as well. Still small, but ever so vibrant and growing, it comprises several communities scattered about the world, welcoming all to our Eucharistic table, knowing God would never deny love in any expression, any offering.

Already ordained as a deacon into one branch of this Church, the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, I will be soon ordained a priest here in NYC. I would love to serve this Archdiocese even now as deacon; but, alas, having been created in God’s image, I am woman. I am here… trusting that as the Holy Spirit moves, we who seek to embrace the future will find each other.

Denise Menard Davis, ARCWP

Sunday, November 16, 2014

"U.S..Bishops' Meeting Lacks Pssiion, Leadership" by Thomas Reese S.J./Not on Pope's Agenda, Use of Sexist Language, Rubrics Emphasized!/National Catholic Reporter

"A lack of passion and leadership marked the meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week in Baltimore. Their agenda was stale and did not reflect the excitement that Pope Francis' papacy has generated.
The pope has caught the imagination of the world with his emphasis on God's love, compassion, and mercy toward us and our ne ed to respond by loving one another, especially the poor. But most of the bishops' meeting was devoted to mind-numbing housekeeping actions and reports.
The action items dealt with minor liturgical translations, which got some of the bishops excited, but no one else. Should it be "children of Adam," as the committee recommended, or "children of men," or "sons of men"? The committee won. And does the bishop really have to preach while seated with a miter on his head and crosier in hand at the dedication of a church as required by the rubrics?
Meanwhile, nothing was said about the economic plight of the American people, gridlock in Washington, or the wars in which America is engaged. They practically ignored immigration and only gave a few minutes to the topic because the media kept asking why the bishops were silent on the hottest political issue of the day.
There is a significant faction among the bishops and the USCCB staff who do not want these issues emphasized lest they distract from their core agenda -- opposition to gay marriage, abortion, and the contraceptive mandate...

...The final gem at the meeting was the Mass on Monday evening celebrating the 225th anniversary of the founding of the Baltimore archdiocese. The choir was spectacular, even if the music would have been more appropriate in the 1950s. The bishops concelebrating took up almost half of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which has been beautifully restored.
But the high point of the Mass was the first reading from the letter to Titus (1:1-9), which told the assembled bishops to "appoint presbyters in every town, as I directed you, on condition that a man be blameless, married only once, with believing children, who are not accused of licentiousness or rebellious."
Now there is an agenda item for the next meeting. 

[Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese is a senior analyst for NCR and author of Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church. His email address is . Follow him on Twitter: @ThomasReeseSJ.]

"The Parable of the Big Money" Homily for Sunday Nov. 16, 2014 by Rev. Judy Lee, RCWP

Followers of Jesus then and now earnestly seek to know God, and what God wants of us. All that Jesus said and did revealed answers to these age old questions and spoke to the need to experience the presence of the living God who wants love and justice to reign especially for the poor and the outcast.  Jesus was a highly popular rabbi/teacher and a supreme parabolist. Many teachers of his time taught in parables and Semitic teachers and others, even businessmen and politicians in the Near East and elsewhere continue to do this. It is a poetic, mystical and social way to speak. The word parable comes from a Greek word meaning “to put parallel or cast alongside”. Jesus told many stories to illuminate what the reign of God is like for ordinary and not highly educated people. The workers and the peasants flocked around him even as the most well trained in the Hebrew religion also sought him out.  Jesus’ parables illuminated what God is like and what God wants of God’s people.  Many would begin with “The kingdom of God is like, the kingdom of heaven is like (heaven is a word for God) or the reign of God is like….” Jesus’ parables were  short and simple stories and one liners and longer and complex parables that included wit and humor, irony and enlightenment. They often challenged temporal powers and values. They could be offensive as well as moving, exhilarating and hopeful.  In Aramaic and Hebrew the words are pelatha and mashal, each carrying the root of “it is like” or “it is similar to”. ( I am indebted to Rocco Errico, Aramaic Scholar and author, for “…And There Was Light”, Noohra Foundation, 1998:42-52, Noohra foundation for his thoughts on parables).  One of the difficulties in understanding Jesus’ parables is that we are centuries, cultures and languages away from the original telling and meanings. Later centuries have interpreted meanings which we accept as “the” meaning until we take a closer look. Later  meanings can also be significant, but it also helps in our search to consider the original meanings as best we can in such long retrospect.

This week  we have another complex parable of Jesus to consider. This one is often called the “parable of the talents” (Matthew 25:14-30). While many people know that talents were large sums of money in Jesus’ time the meaning of the parable has often been boiled down to “use your God-given gifts”,”don’t bury your talents in the ground”, “Use it or lose it”,  “don’t be afraid to use your gifts and talents for the kingdom”.  All of these are good admonitions but, as we read the whole parable closely and consider it in time and cultural context it might more appropriately be called the parable of Big Money.
Jesus begins this parable with “Again it is like a wealthy landowner who was going on a journey and…” This follows parables that start “the kingdom of heaven is or will be like” so the “it” is to explain or illuminate what the reign of God is and will be like.  As we read to the end of the parable this wealthy landowner is also “ruthless” and one who “reaps where he did not sow, and gathers where he did not scatter”(reminds us of a Ponzi scheme in another time and place) and “wrathful”. Clearly the wealthy landowner is not the hero here, he is not God nor the Christ figure, he is not the representative of God’s reign. He gives what may now be seen as millions of dollars to three “servants” so they can make some more money for him in his absence. He also expects usury or interest which is against the Mosaic Law. The first two do what he asks and he is pleased with them. The third may be afraid of him but he steps forward and essentially says” you are a cheat and a ruthless wrathful man, here is your money back”. He did not do what the dishonest wealthy landowner asked and he is brave enough to tell him off. If there is a Christ figure in this parable, it is this man. He did not buy into the big money scheme and he risked his life to tell his boss off. So when the cheating billionaire boss says ” Those who have will get more until they grow rich, while those who have not will lose even the little they have…” this is not virtue speaking but evil/sin itself.  It is not virtue to become rich making money into a god and “reaping where one does not sow”. It is not virtue for the rich to become richer and the poor poorer-it is sin/evil. The virtuous one is the one who does NOT buy into this system of thinking and getting money any way possible, and valuing money above all. It is the one who sees the system for what it is-dishonest and unjust- and who blows the cover of the richest and most powerful in the land who is the hero in this parable. Jesus’ followers who were just ordinary folks and poor folks, and women, strangers and the outcast, would have identified with and cheered for this hero.    Finally, in understanding the meaning of giving talents away and expecting unfair return on them, we get the true meaning Jesus is trying to convey.  This is a covert parable about the rich  who Jesus earlier said were like the rope (the Aramaic gamla in context meaning rope not camel) trying to pass through the eye of a needle- only with great difficulty will they become a part of the kingdom of heaven or positive actors in the reign of God on earth (Mt.19:23). Jesus’ hearers may well have also heard of him telling “the rich young man” of Matthew 19, who did follow the Law to go the second and third mile and give away his possessions to put his “treasure in heaven” and follow Christ. Jesus offends the rich and embraces the poor. Jesus asks the rich to put their riches into the service of the poor and to eradicating poverty. Jesus message is revolutionary-it turns things upside down. He will be punished for this and once again in almost hidden ways (to some) he is making clear what will happen to him-and indeed to those who offend the rich and the powerful.
The rest of Matthew  25 (25:31-46), in the very next teaching about the sheep and the goats where Jesus shows that when we feed the hungry, clothe the unclothed, give drink to the thirsty, care for the sick and the imprisoned, and invite the stranger in, when we serve the “least of these brothers and sisters” we do it for Jesus.  Now the parable of the big money makes sense, all of us, but especially those with big money need to invest it in the poor and hungry in order to build the reign of justice and love, the reign of God on earth. This is what God wants of us. this is what the “perfect love” of Proverbs 31:10-31 does, she “holds out a hand to the poor, greeting the needy with open arms”. And this is what children of light DO, the opposite of the darkness described in the letter of Paul to the Thessalonians(1Thess 5:1-6)-this is what the light does, it illuminates the darkness of our souls when we live for ourselves, for material things, and not for building God’s reign of justice and love. This is the “darkness, where there is wailing and grinding of teeth” (and this phrase in Aramaic means to be in” deep anguish and regret”).  And it is not the servant who bravely did not follow the corrupt billionaire’s orders,who did not invest his bosses one talent( a LOT of money)  who is in deep anguish and regret, it is those who mindlessly buy into the system of building riches however you can, and then building their lives around the riches and not around God’s dream of love and justice for all, especially for the poor and outcast.
Among the top one percent who own over 85 percent of the world’s riches there are some few who do give it all away and live justice. There are foundations and individuals who find ways to make sure the playing field gets leveled. Thank God for them. This is what God asks of us.  And according to each of our abilities to give  money and time, skills  and treasures God wants this of each of us. Let us pray that we  will learn how to give ourselves away to those who need us most. Amen.

Cardinal Sean O' Malley on Sixty Minutes/ Bridget Mary Meehan says: Don't Blame God for the Sin of Sexism in the Catholic Church!

Like a deer caught in the headlights, Cardinal Sean O' Malley defended the indefensible, sexism in the Catholic Church, in the 60 Minutes Interview with Norah O'Donnell. From both his body language and his words, you could tell that he was uncomfortable. In the end, Cardinal Sean, trying to avoid further alienating Catholic women who make up at least half of the church,  caved and said if he, not Christ, had founded the church, then he'd love to have women priests!..."if I were founding a church, you know, I'd love to have women priests. But Christ founded it and what he he has given us is something different."
According to O'Malley, gender discrimination is all Christ's fault! Yet, we know that the Jesus of history  called both women and men to be his  disciples and in the Christ of faith, there is radical spiritual equality."In Christ, there is no Jew or Greek, slave or citizen, male or female. All are one in Christ Jesus." Galations 3:28  
How can Pope Francis say that" inequality is the root of social equality," when the Catholic Church continues to  treat women as second class citizens  by their official teaching prohibiting women's ordination? The Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement is calling the church to live prophetic obedience to the Spirit. In our inclusive communities, all are welcome to receive the sacraments.  The hierarchy cannot continue to discriminate against women and blame God for it like Cardinal Sean O'Malley did on Sixty Minutes. It is a sin and a failure to follow Jesus' example of Gospel equality. Pope Francis and his friend, Cardinal O' Malley need to put this on the Pope's  to do list of needed reforms! 
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP,,

Historical Perspective on the Development of Priestly Ministry:
In the early Christian community, the entire community celebrated Eucharist in the house churches as there is no evidence that anyone was ordained in that historic period. The ministry of bishop and deacon preceded the ministry of priest.  In the first centuries of Christianity, Christians gathered to break bread in remembrance of Jesus in each other's own homes.  The one who presided was most likely the man or woman who hosted the gathering.  Priests as the cultic role that the church teaches today started in the second century and blossomed in the third century. Jesus was not a Jewish priest who served in the temple offering sacrifice. In 1 Peter we read, "But you are a chosen race , a royal priesthood, a holy people, God's own people in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of God who called you out of darkness into God's marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9. 
 Thus, according to this passage, the entire Christian community are priests.  Later the RC church referred to this as the priesthood of the laity.
  It was not until Cyprian that  we have the concept of the bishop presiding at Eucharist in the place of Jesus. But even Augustine refuses to call bishops "priests" in the sense of  being mediators between God and the community. This also raises the issue of the importance of eliminating atonement theology from our liturgies.
The ministry of priest as assistant to the bishop only emerged after the church grew and the bishop needed additional help in celebrating Eucharist. . So, in light of Cardinal O' Malley's interview on Sixty Minutes blaming Jesus for discriminating against women in the current official church teaching on women priests, I think it is important to keep in mind as Margaret Ralph from Lexington, KY, concludes "So although, the New Testament authors are familiar with the concept of priesthood, they say not a word about there being any ordained Christian priests who had a specific, sacral cultic role in the first hundred plus years of Christianity.  We have no evidence to support that Jesus ordained anyone. Neither Jesus himself, the twelve, nor the apostles were priests in either a Jewish or Christian context."  Margaret Nutting Ralph,  Why the Catholic Church Must Change, p. 85

Bridget Mary's Response to Cardinal O'Malley's Interview by Nora O'Donnell on 60 Minutes
* My responses in blue to interview. 

Norah O' Donnell doesn't let up in the discussion:

Norah O'Donnell: The church says it's not open to the discussion about ordaining women. Why not? 
BMM:  Pope Francis once said that inequality is the root of social sin. Women are being called by God to serve as priests. So, how can the church  negate God's  call and treat women as subordinate? Jesus ,women to serve as disciples, they were first witnesses to encounter Risen Christ. So , the church should follow Christ's example and treat women as disciples and equals.  Jesus did not ordain anyone at the Last Supper. 
Cardinal Seán O'Malley: Not everyone needs to be ordained to have an important role in the life of the church. Women run the Catholic charities, the Catholic schools, the development office for the archdiocese. 
BMM:Women are excluded from decision making in the institutional church because according to canon law decision making power is linked to ordination. So, until women are ordained they will not be equals in the Catholic Church. 
Norah O'Donnell: Some would say women do a lot of the work but have very little power.
Cardinal Seán O'Malley: Well "power" is not a word that we like to use in the church. It's more service. 
BMM: If it's not a problem for men to have power and to serve. why is it an issue for women?  
Norah O'Donnell: But they can't preach. They can't administer the sacraments.
Cardinal Seán O'Malley: Well...  
BMM: Roman Catholic Women Priests are leading the church into its future now by ordaining women in apostolic succession. We serve inclusive, empowered communities of equals. 
Norah O'Donnell: I mean, some women feel like they're second class Catholics because they can't do those things that are very important.
Cardinal Seán O'Malley: Well, they, but they're, they have other very important roles that, you know, a priest cannot be a mother, either. The tradition of the church is that we have always ordained men. And that the priesthood reflects the incarnation of Christ, who in his humanity is a man. 
BMM:How Sexist! Women cannot be priests because they do not have the right body parts!
Norah O'Donnell: But in spite of that, does the exclusion of women seem at all immoral?
Cardinal Seán O'Malley: Well, Christ would never ask us to do something immoral. And I know that women in... 
BMM: Women apostles, women disciples and women priests are not immoral. Jesus stood on the edge with the marginalized of his time and the Gospels describe important encounters with women disciples and apostle Mary of Magdala. The church leaders cannot continue to discriminate against women and blame God for it. 
Norah O'Donnell: The sense of equality. I mean, just the sense of sort of the fairness of it, you know. You wouldn't exclude someone based on race. But yet you do exclude people based on gender. 
BMM: Until women are ordained by the institutional church amd treated as spiritual equals, women will be second class citizens in the church.  
Cardinal Seán O'Malley: Well, it's a matter of vocation. And what God has given to us. And this is, you know, if I were founding a church, you know, I'd love to have women priests. But Christ founded it and what he he has given us is something different. 
BMM: Stop blaming Jesus for the church's gender discrimination  Jesus treats women as disciples and equals in the Gospels and that is how the church should act today!
By Michael O'Loughlin
National reporter November 14, 2014
"Speaking out on the most important clergy sexual abuse issue in the United States, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley said the Vatican must do something quickly about Bishop Robert Finn, the Kansas City prelate convicted of failing to report child abuse by one of his priests.
Finn, convicted two years ago, was sentenced to two years of probation for waiting six months before telling police that diocesan officials had found pornographic images of young girls on the computer of the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, one of his parish priests.
Ratigan pleaded guilty to child pornography charges and was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison; Finn has remained the bishop of the diocese.

Speaking to CBS News, O’Malley agreed that under the Catholic Church’s zero-tolerance policy, he wouldn’t let Finn even teach Sunday school in Boston, let alone head a diocese.
“It’s a question the Holy See needs to address urgently …. There’s a recognition of that from Pope Francis,” O’Malley told 60 Minutes reporter Norah O’Donnell in an interview scheduled to air Sunday..."

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community Blesses Members Who are Going to SOA Watch Vigil for Peace at Ft. Benning, GA. Nov. 21-23, 2014

Loving God, we gather there in the Spirit of your won Jesus who revealed to us our intimate connection to him.  Jesus said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. Without me you can do nothing."  We are united in our effort, as Mary Mother of Jesus (MMOJ) community of faith, to shine your light on the School of the Americas and its training of police and military of Central and South America. we remember that six Jesuits and their housekieepers, the four women maryred in El Salvador, Bishop Oscar Romero and countless others tortured and murdered by graduates of this school. Bless these MMOJ members representing us as we stand in solidarity with the peoples of Central and South America for justice and peace in their countries. May these members representing all of MMOJ stand in solidarity wth Fr. Roy Bourgeois and his sacrifice to openly support Roman Catholic Women Priests for justice in the Catholic Church. We ask to bless their travels and their witness for justice and peace at the gates of Ft. Benning. May the doors of the School of the Americas be closed forever. Amen. 

From left to right Melo, Russ, Terry, Don, Katy Zatsick, members of MMOJ  going to 
SOA Vigil Watch at Ft. Benning, GA. Nov. 21-23,2014


Doctor Eleonora V. Marinaro, ARCWP, "Dreams, Spirituality and Jung"

From Left to right: Marilyn Jenai, Katy Zatsick, Bridget Mary Meehan, , Dr. Elly Marinaro
Sherry Robertson
Dr.. Elly Marinaro, a Roman Catholic Woman Priest, Pastoral Counselor, Jungian Psycholtherapist, Spiritual Director,
educator and author gave a two day workshop to Jung Society in Sarasota on Nov. 14th-15th
at Unitarian Universalist Church.

Dr. Elly Marinaro gave a two hour overview of the relationship between spirituality and Jungian pyschology.
She compared the stages of mysticism with Jung's process of individualtion.
She pointed out the common ground of psychotherapy and spiritual direction as soul making and saint making.
In the Saturday workshop she did work on dreams with the groups who attended the workshop.
Dr. Elly, who specializes in working with individual s and groups on  dream analysis,
shared 8 types of dreams:

1. compensatory
2. reactive
3. reductive
4. prospective
5. somatic
7. archetypal
8. prophetic

The title of her book is The Life of the Spirit in the Convergent Points of Dreams, Spirituality and Psychology.
For more information, contact her at

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Catholic Priest who Save Muslims in Afirca


Latin American Catholics
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) —" Latin Americans born into Roman Catholic families have increasingly left the faith for Protestant churches, while many others have dropped organized religion altogether in a major shift in the region's religious identity, according to a survey released Thursday.
While 84 percent of Latin American adults report they were raised Catholic, only 69 percent currently identify as such, said the Pew Research Center in Washington.  At the same time, Protestants have gained members. About one in 10 Latin Americans were raised Protestant, but nearly one in five now call themselves Protestant. About 4 percent of Latin Americans report they were raised with no religion, but 8 percent say they have no tie to any faith.
The survey, conducted between October 2013 and February 2014, outlines the challenge for Catholic leaders in a region that was once a stronghold for the faith. Latin America still has about 425 million Catholics, or 40 percent of adherents worldwide, according to the poll. But the exodus from the church continues.
The losses were part of the reason for the 2013 election of Pope Francis, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who is the first Latin American pontiff. In most countries of the region, two-thirds or more respondents held positive views of Francis. But the authors of the Pew report said former Catholics are more skeptical of the pope than those still in the church, with only a majority of ex-Catholics in Argentina and Uruguay viewing him favorably.
According to Pew, the percentage of Catholic-born people flocking to Protestant churches has steadily grown in recent decades in nearly all 18 countries and Puerto Rico where the poll was conducted. "In most of the countries surveyed, at least a third of current Protestants were raised in the Catholic Church, and half or more say they were baptized as Catholics," the authors of the report said.
Former Catholics who have embraced Protestantism most frequently cited a desire for a personal connection with God for leaving their original faith. Others said they wanted a different style of worship or a church that helps its members more.
The most Catholic countries were Mexico, with 81 percent Catholics and 9 percent Protestants, and Paraguay, with 89 percent Catholics and 7 percent Protestants.
Uruguay emerged as Latin America's most secular country, with 37 percent of people saying they were atheist or agnostic or had no religious affiliation. Just 42 percent of people from Uruguay say they're Catholic. 
The more than 30,000 face-to-face interviews were conducted in all of Latin America's Spanish-speaking countries except Cuba.  The margin of error varies by country, ranging from plus or minus three percentage points to four points."


10 Countries with Larges

Play About Domestic Violence/ Victoria Rue, RCWP in India

I am in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India working on a new play with indigenous
women about domestic violence. 

"Small Faith Group" by John Chuchman /.CTA Talk

If you are interested in understanding, starting, improving, or growing a Small Faith Group (Intentional Eucharistic Community/Home Church) my workshop for Call to Action may be of interest/value.

Go to and scroll down to CTA1418CD

"Catholic"by John Chuchman

I strive to be Catholic
in the oldest and deepest sense of the term
with a sensibility grounded in mystical spirituality,
not parochial Roman Catholicism.

I try to be engaged in the pressing issues of the day
with a loving intelligence, freedom, and boldness,
self-confidently Catholic in its truest sense.

I treasure a heritage that traces all the way back
 to the greatest of early Christian theologians
who combined an unswerving embrace of Love and Faith
with a willingness to subject obscure or undefined elements of that faith
to critical examination.

I strive to dedicate my mind to follow the path of truth
wherever it might lead.

I am convinced that the tension between intelligence
and a heart committed to love
is a creative tension.

I appreciate both the necessity for truth embodied in specific forms and words
and the reality that truth transcends all such specific embodiment.

That this heritage is so imperiled in todays church
makes it all the more precious.

The space I seek to occupy is a tight one,
difficult to maintain in a world
that insists I either mindlessly adhere to hierarchical teachings
or recklessly reject the wisdom of the past in the name of enlightenment.

In such a world, the notion that I can be liberal in some ways
while conservative in others
seems too difficult for many to grasp.

I find myself split between fundamentalists and modernists.

On issues such as the religious leadership of women
or the inclusion of homosexuals,
many invoke the unswerving authority
of fundamentalist Scripture or the hierarchical magisterium,
while I mistrust mindless obedience.

Meanwhile, the distance between liberals and conservatives
—an inadequate but unavoidable distinction—
inexorably grows,
deepened by chronic misunderstanding and distrust.

If the religiously liberal regard traditionalists as dumb sheep,
the latter regard the former as wolves out to ravage the flock.

Mutual acceptance remains difficult to find
and almost impossible to sustain,
and so the two groups drift ever further
into a kind of ghettoized separation.

I espouse liberal convictions,
increasingly finding myself at the margins of a tradition
many wish to freeze,
while I take refuge in a healthy growing conscience.

I feel more at home in a Small Faith Group
(Intentional Eucharistic Community)
than at the local parish.

The flight of Catholic intellectuals from the clergy and the parish
has led to a dismaying split
between a loving intellect
and the church as the repository of rite and ritual.

This loss of the loving mind
has had sorry consequences across the board,
as the church has severed the link
between critical thinking and faith.

In Catholicism, the tradition of the learned pastor is virtually dead.

Rare is the bishop or parish priest
who can hazard a critical reflection in a sermon
or other public setting.

The protectors of Catholic orthodoxy are vigilant,
ever ready to identify and judge me a heretic
for simply living and speaking my conscience.

Hiding my true faith, or abandoning it altogether,
is increasingly the price of friendship
with family and friends
who are willing to simply
pay, pray, obey,

a price I am unwilling or unable to pay.

I strive to be a Fundamental Catholic,
not a Catholic Fundamentalist.

I can
and must
my head AND my heart
Catholic evermore,
Roman never again.

I view the Creator,
Both noun and verb,
As BEING-in-Love
being closest to God
Being in Love.