Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Roman Catholic Womenpriests: "Time For The Faithful To Choose Our Own Bishops" article in Irish Times
The Irish Times
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Time for the faithful to choose our own bishops
This was a real dream that I had about ten years ago. I wrote it down immediately because I never wanted to forget how I felt when I woke up. I had this dream.
I was dancing in a country garden with lush green grass. Tulips and daffodils and hyacinths bloomed against a low stone wall. Magnolia, cherry, and dogwood trees draped their branches over the top of the wall. The sun shone in a blue sky with soft edges and the wind was the sweet breeze of late spring. I recall wondering in my dream why I was dancing in the middle of the day when I should be at work, and went right on dancing. There were, I think, three other women with me. Two, I recognized as my friends. Mary danced with her book bag over her shoulder, Monica carried her paint brush. I held my pen. The third one, who stood next to me, had a round, pleasant face and wore her blonde hair in braids coiled around her head. She was dressed in a frilly white dress dotted with small flowers while the three of us wore business clothes. All of us were barefoot. My first thought when I saw the woman in the white dress was that she was grotesquely fat from the waist down. Never in my life had I ever seen a woman with hips that large. I immediately felt guilty for thinking that she was fat. We all did some kind of dance. We kicked out our legs and waved our arms up at the sky. The woman next to me moved agilely in spite of her great girth. And then we all began to sing. The words we sang over and over were snippets of hymns we might sing at church although there was a lot more. I just don't remember it. While we were singing and dancing in that garden I asked myself again with more joy than I could ever remember, I began to wonder. Who is this strange woman with the golden crown of braids want from me, from us?
At the conclusion of our dance, the large woman began hugging all of us, one at a time. When she hugged me, I realized that she was not made of flesh and blood. Her body felt like the aluminum poles we use to give shape to our tent. I looked up at her face in wonderment. She drew me to her in a closer embrace and then I saw that inside Her was the earth, and that She was giving shape to it with her Body. "All of the earth," She told me, "Is my Body and My Blood. Rejoice and be glad.” Her human Face smiled this very loving smile. Her golden braids sparkled in the sunlight. She lifted Her Hands in blessing and the three of us danced out of the garden, waving streamers.Then I then realized that there were hundreds of other people in the garden behind us, lining up. They, too were going to be given the rules of the universe and to get their chance to dance with God.
Eileen DiFranco, RCWP
Roman Catholic Womanpriests: Cardinal Sean Brady criticized the Vatican for not responding to Murphy Commission-Irish Times Article
Speaking to The Irish Times in Dundalk yesterday he said “it was unfortunate that requests from the [Murphy] commission didn’t get the courtesy of a reply” from the Vatican. “They should have,” he said."
Roman Catholic Womanpriests: Radio Free Eireann Report on Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests in Ireland
Report on the sexual abuse and assault of children by priests in Ireland. Their overseas call/interview is to a Sean Whalen. The links below are for the programs on Saturday 11/28/09 and 12/5/09. The radio station is WBAI, a listener sponsored station, part of the Pacifica network. The interview is a third to a half way into it.
If you can't get it through the links, go to WBAI.org, on the right side of the page there is a tab call archives. Click on it. Then click on See All Shows and scroll down to 11/28 at 1 PM and to 12/5 at 1 PM, Radio Free Eireann
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Roman Catholic Womenpriests: Video Clips of Historic Ordinations of Deacons Dena O'Callaghan and Katy Zatsick in Florida on Dec. 5, 2009
Presentation of Katy Zatsick by Eleonora Marinaro
Prostration/Litany of Saints
Laying on of Hands/Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan
Laying on of Hands by married priest John O'Callaghan
at ordination of Dena, his wife.
Laying on of Hands/Community
Prayer of Consecration in Ordination Rite
Investiture with Stoles
Dena and Katy prepare the Altar for Liturg y of the Eucharist
Hank Tessadori, from Good Shepherd Inclusive
administrator of the Southern Region is seated
Recessional Hymn: Notice RCWP bows before altar
Information on ordinations in Southern Region and liturgies: http://www.marymotherofjesus.org/
email: Bridget Mary Meehan at firstname.lastname@example.org