Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Vatican's delay of US bishops' abuse measures leaves even some prelates confused, National Catholic Reporter

The prelates had been set to vote Nov. 14 on two specific proposals

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Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, center, leads the opening prayer Nov. 12 during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. Also pictured are Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, general secretary. (CNS/Bob Roller)
BALTIMORE — A surprise Vatican request that the annual gathering of U.S. Catholic bishops delay planned votes on proposals to address clergy sexual abuse has evoked outcry, even leaving some of the prelates at the meeting confused.
"Our lethargic way of maneuvering and getting things done is problematic."Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the bishops' conference, announced the request at the opening of the gathering Nov. 12. He told the some 250 prelates taking part that he was "disappointed" but said the Vatican asked for the delay because of Pope Francis' upcoming February summit on child protection with the heads of all the global conferences.
The U.S. bishops are facing intense scrutiny over their handling of abuse allegations after revelations this year about the conduct of now ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the release of the shocking Pennsylvania grand jury report.
The prelates had been set to vote Nov. 14 on two specific proposals: a new code of conduct for bishops and creation of a "special commission" to review complaints made against bishops.
Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich spoke on the floor of the meeting after DiNardo's announcement. He suggested that instead of voting on the proposals, the prelates take non-binding votes on them, so DiNardo would at least have their input when he attends the February meeting.
"We need to be very clear with you where we stand, and we need to tell our people where we stand," Cupich said. He also proposed that the bishops hold a special session in March to confront the abuse issue, rather than waiting for their regularly scheduled June meeting.
As the bishops moved from the brief morning meeting to a day of prayer, some prelates expressed confusion over the announcement. Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington, Vermont, told a mid-day press conference the request "has thrown many of us a little bit sideways because it was completely unexpected."
W. Shawn McKnight, bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, suggested to NCR that the request might indicate that the Vatican does not understand the seriousness of the situation in the United States.
—Bishop W. Shawn McKnight
Referencing listening sessions he has had with people in his diocese, McKnight said: "There's a lot of righteous anger."
"What I perceive … is that they need to see actions from the conference of bishops and their individual bishop that manifest a true and firm purpose of amendment," he said.
"There are many, many bishops that are trying," said McKnight. "But our lethargic way of maneuvering and getting things done is problematic."
"I think there might be a cultural issue at play between the Holy See and the church in the United States," he said. "Their lack of responsiveness and immediacy is what's aggravating the situation here in the United States. And we're trying to respond as quickly as we can."
Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, said in a brief interview that while he wasn't privy to the Holy See's reasons for the delay, "they must have their reason why they're asking for it."
"It is what it is," he said. "It's very important to be in communion. We have to do this together. The successor of Peter is the successor of Peter."
Outside the hotel where the meeting is being held, survivors and advocates said they were "stunned" by the news from inside.
"The timing would suggest that the Vatican was sending a message, not only to the U.S. bishops but also to American Catholics, that they are in charge," said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of the abuse tracking website BishopAccountability.org.
"I think this is a disaster, and it's a dark day for Catholics and mostly for victims and survivors, that this feckless and cowardly group cannot act on its own to do the right thing for American children and the People of God in the United States," she said.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community Liturgy - November 11, 2018

Kathleen Ryan, ARCWP, Diane Geary and Jonathan Gradess led the Upper Room liturgy on Sunday with the theme: Every act of love is a step in living the most important mandate “Love your God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength and Love your neighbor as yourself”. Kathleen's homily starter is printed below the readings.

Opening Song: Blessed is She by Colleen Fulmer

The first reading is from the Book of First Kings
So Elijah went to Zarephath. When he arrived at the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Could you bring me a little water in a jar for me to drink?” As she was going to get the water, he called out, “And please bring me a piece of bread.”

“As YHWH lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a couple of sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my child. We will eat it—and then we will die.”

Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go home and do what you said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me; and then make something for yourself and your child. For YHWH, the God of Israel, says: The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day YHWH makes it rain on the land.”

She went away and did what Elijah told her to do. And there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her child. The jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of God spoken by Elijah.

These are the inspired words from the Book of Kings. The community affirms these words by saying AMEN!

A Reading from the Gospel of Mark

Jesus sat down opposite the collection box, and watched the people putting money in it, and many of the rich put in a great deal. A poor widow came and put in two small coins, the equivalent of a penny.

Then Jesus calling his disciples to himself said to them, “The truth is this woman has put in more than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have put in money from their surplus, but she has put in everything she possessed from the little she had—all she had to live on.

These are the inspired words of Mark a disciple of Jesus.
The community affirms these words by saying AMEN!

Kathleen’s homily starter:

There are over 70 verses about widows in the Hebrew and New Testament Scriptures. We know the Holy One gave a protective mandate to the community “care for widows and orphans”. Back then- no husband, no adult child meant an early death.

In the first reading we have Elijah asking the widow to take care of him. Elijah says “do not be afraid”-do as I ask. In reality, she has no choice-she does what he asks and she shares her last bit of food. At the end of this story though we know Elijah obeyed the mandate of the Holy One. The widow and her child have an unending supply of oil and flour.

In the gospel-it’s important to hear this story in context-in the verses just before this passage Jesus is telling the disciples to “Beware of the scribes and Pharisees. They devour the houses of widows”, and then offer up prayers instead of taking care of them.

Then Jesus says take a look at what is happening. This widow just gave her last cent to the temple coffers. Jesus is not really saying wow isn’t that great, this poor widow just handed over her last cent. Instead Jesus is actually condemning the law that is requiring the widow to hand over her last cent. Jesus is reminding his disciples that the person, the widow is important.

Jesus always challenges the status quo, the establishment, our way of thinking and seeing. He reminds us of the true mandate “take care of orphans and widows”. How do we actualize this mandate today? We take care of the marginalized, the homeless, the immigrants, our neighbor, friends and family. We take care of each other and our environment. Every act of love is a step in living the most important mandate “Love your God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength and Love your neighbor as yourself”.

What did you hear? Please share your reflection.

Closing Song: Companions on the Journey by Carey Landry

Karen Kerrigan ARCWP Ordained a Roman Catholic Woman Priest in Detroit, MI

Congratulations to Rev. Karen Kerrigan who was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest on November 10 in Detroit, Michigan. Bishop Michele Birch-Conery was the ordaining Bishop and Bishop Mary Eileen Collingwood presided at the ordination liturgy. For more information about the woman priest movement, visit the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priest's website at: https://arcwp.org.

   We had a beautiful weekend in Detroit. Several ARCWP priests were here!
   In this picture, I am standing with my Westland Council Woman Tasha Green who enjoyed the ordination liturgy.
   What a great way to start our Thanksgiving season.
   If you use facebook, please find links to videos on my page.  Find a link below.
   Thanks again!  Karen

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests Elena Garcia's First Home Mass/Liturgy in Brandon, Florida on November 7, 2018

Elena Garcia ARCWP and Frank Fuchs, Co-Presiders at Home Liturgy

Note from Elena Garcia ARCWP about Home Liturgy
We had our first home church liturgy at 4:00 pm  Wednesday, November 7,2018. there were seven in attendance, the one missing is the photographer. Ie songs were as follows: "We are marching in the Light of God”;  "We are many parts”; “Peace-Instrumental”; “Let Your light shine on us”. Two of those songs were accompanied with maracas and tambourines.  The shared homily addressed Pope Francis’ call to holiness in Gaudate et Exsultate.   All agreed to meet again  on Tuesday, December 11,2018 at 2:00 pm. 

Home Church Welcome

I wish to extend a warm welcome to all who have joined us for our first gathering at our home in celebration and praise to our loving God.
Let me begin with a brief explanation of who we are and how we preside at liturgy in a slightly different manner than perhaps you are accustomed.

We are an inclusive catholic community where all are welcomed. Our liturgical style is highly inclusive and our language of prayer uses both the male and female metaphors for God. You are invited to participate in the ordinary of the liturgy and in the eucharistic prayer and consecration.
We invite sharing at the homily and prayers of intercession. Everyone prays the words of consecration in the eucharistic prayer. You may notice the word VOICE in various parts of the liturgy. Anyone person who wishes to read that part please feel free to do so.  We are not assigned parts.
 We use non-alcoholic wine so all may receive if you wish. You will notice that presiders eat last.
We begin in November—the month for all saints, all souls, thanksgiving and elections. Thus the theme of Mystical oneness and awareness of our need for justice, peace, and equality as we give thanks for all our blessings. We give thanks also for all those who are among us as well as those who have transitioned and are examples of how to be true disciples of Jesus the Christ.


Celebration of Our Mystical Oneness

Gathering Song

All: In the name of God our creator, and of Jesus our brother, and of the Holy Spirit our wisdom. Amen
Presider: God is with you.      All: And also with you.

Opening Prayer: Loving God make our hearts places of peace and our minds harbors of tranquility. Sow in our souls true love for you and for one another. May we become deeply rooted in friendship, unity and reverend harmony and may we sincerely give peace to each other and receive it beautifully. Amen

General Absolution by Community: (with hand extended in prayer)
All: O God of all mercy, throughout his life Jesus revealed that nothing can separate us from your love. Loving God, grant us pardon and peace, and the desire to forgive each other our failures to care for one another and for our earth. We ask this in the name of our brother Jesus and of Holy Spirit Sophia. Amen

Gloria (Sung) All: Glory to God, glory, O praise God Alleluia.
Glory to God glory, O Praise the name of our God   3x

First Reading:                                   All Respond: Thanks be to God
Psalm: 25                                          Response: To you O God I lift up my soul
Second reading:                              All Respond: Thanks be to God
Gospel Acclamation:                      Celtic Alleluia
Gospel Reading:                              All Respond: Glory and Praise to Jesus the Christ
Shared Homily

Profession of Faith:      All: We believe in God, creator of all and fountain of life, whose divinity flows through every being. We believe in Jesus the Christ who reflects the face of God and leads us to the fullness of humanity. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of God in the Cosmos, who calls us to serve without counting the cost. We believe in our global communion with all in the circle of life. Amen to courage, to hope, to the spirit of truth, to wholeness, to the partnership and equality of women and men in God’s plan. We believe in justice and peace for all. We surely believe in all this.

Community Petitions:
 Presider: Always mindful of God’s love and care for us, we bring the needs of the people to our Holy One.
(after each petition we respond: God of Love, hear our prayer.)
Presider: Energize us in our works for justice, equality and peace. We offer this prayer through Jesus, our brother, in union with the Holy Spirit.                        All: Amen
(Procession with gifts—Instrumental music)
Offertory Procession Song: “We are Many Parts

Preparation of the Gifts:
Presider: Blessed are you God of Creation, through your goodness we have this bread to offer- this grain of the earth that human hands have prepared for our use. It will become for us the bread of life. 
All: Blessed be God forever.
Presider: Blessed are you God of Creation, through your goodness we have this wine to offer—this fruit of the vine that human hands have prepared for our use. It will become for us our spiritual drink.
All:  Blessed be God forever.

Eucharistic Prayer
Presider: (invitation to all) Jesus who has often sat at our tables, now invites all of us to join him at his. Everyone is welcome to share in this meal. Please join us around our family table.
Presider: Let us give thanks to the creator of all that exists.
All: With hearts full of love we give God thanks and praise.
Presider: Let us acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit among us gathered at the family table.
All: We will develop our respect and reverence for you, for one another and for all creation.
Presider: Let us lift up our hearts.
All: We lift them up to the One who lives in us- and loves others through us.
Presider: Christ lives in each one of us.
All: Namaste!
All Sing: We are holy, holy, holy 3x- We are whole.
                You are holy, holy, holy 3x – You are whole.
               I am holy, holy, holy 3x—I am whole
               We are holy, holy, holy 3x We are whole
Presider: Come Holy Spirit and settle on this bread and wine. Fill them with the wholeness of our living Cosmic Christ.
(All extend hand in blessing)
All: Invoking the memory of tradition, on the night before he died, while at supper with his friends Jesus took bread, broke it, and shared it with those present, saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat. This is my body which will be broken for you.”  Pause
After the meal Jesus took a cup filled with wine and share it with those present saying, “Take this all of you and drink. This is the cup of my life-blood. The life of the new and everlasting covenant. In prophetic solidarity it is poured out for you and for all. Sustain one another in the power of sacred memory.”
Presider: Come Holy Spirit to rest on us. Make us open to receive all believers. In union with all people may we strive to create a world where suffering is diminished and where all people can live in health and wholeness. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, all Glory is yours, gracious God.      All: SING Amen
Prayer of Jesus (Sing: Our Father and Mother)
Sign of Peace: All Sing: Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.
With God as creator, family all are we, let us walk all together in perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now. With every step I take let this be my solemn vow, to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

Litany for breaking of bread   
Presider: Loving God,    All: You call us to speak truth to power. We will do so.
Presider: Loving God,     All:  You call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice. We will do so.
Presider: Loving God,      All:  You call us to be your presence in the world. We will do so.
All: When we share this meal, we who have always been worthy, commit to living your teachings, dear Jesus and to tell your stories that allow Spirit to rise up within us and empower us to bring the kindom of God to this world. This is the good news of salvation. We are the body of Christ. Amen

(Share the Body and Blood with the Body and Blood of Christ      Communion Instrumental)

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Voice: For the Thanksgiving give thanks this way; First for the cup. We thank you Abba God for the sacred vine of David your son whose meaning you made clear to us through our brother Jesus, yours ever be the splendor.
Voice: And for the bread fragment:  We thank you Abba God for the life and wisdom whose meaning you made clear to us through Jesus, yours ever be the splendor.
All: As this fragment was scattered high on hills, but by gathering was united into one, so let your people from earth’s ends be united into your single reign, for yours are splendor and might through Jesus Christ down the ages.

Prayers of Gratitude from Community

Final Blessing
All: (extend handover community)
May God’s Light encircle you.
May God’s Love enfold you.
May God’s Peace encourage you.
May God’s Hope fill your heart and soul.
May God’s Presence enrich you.
Presider: Let us go in the peace, faith and hope of Christ, and let our service continue as we walk with the saints.   All: Thanks be to God!

Closing Song:   We Are Marching In the Light of God