Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Roman Catholic Womenpriests Challenge Cardinal George, U.S. bishops and Pope Benedict XVI

PRESS RELEASE
Roman Catholic Womenpriests challenge Cardinal George, U.S. bishops and Pope Benedict XVI
Release date: February 15, 2010
Media Contacts: Janice Sevre-Duszynska at 859-684-4247 rhythmsofthedance@ msn.com
Bridget Mary Meehan at 941-955-2313, sofiabmm@aol. com
Visit: http://www.romancat holicwomenpriest s.org/ and http://www.bridgetm arys/blogspot. com/

Roman Catholic Womenpriests challenge Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who said that New Ways Ministry does not provide "an authentic interpretation of Catholic teaching," in a February 5, 2010 statement.Roman Catholic Womenpriests challenge Cardinal George, the USCCB and Pope Benedict XVI to be open to the Christ in all people, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) persons. RCWP also challenges the Vatican to bless and affirm the LGBT community, the New Ways Ministry to them, and to welcome the prophetic witness and challenge of both, as well as their struggles, joys and gifts. RCWP sees Cardinal George’s statement as exclusionary and unacceptable for Catholics who embrace Jesus’ Gospel of inclusivity, equality and justice: a discipleship of equals. New Ways Ministry, co-founded by Sr. Jeannine Gramick and Salvatorian Father Robert Nugent, is based in Mount Rainier, Md. It is a 33-year-old "gay-positive ministry of advocacy and justice for lesbian and gay Catholics and reconciliation within the larger Christian and civil communities. "On May 23, 2000, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, under the leadership of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, issued a document ordering Gramick and Nugent to cease ministry to gays and lesbians because they were not strong in teaching that homosexual acts were intrinsically "disordered" and that the homosexual inclination was objectively "disordered" . The central issue, according to theologian Mary Hunt, was that neither Gramick nor Nugent was willing to agree that homosexual acts were intrinsically evil and that the teaching was virtually infallible and unalterable. Gramick rejected the 2000 order and has continued to provide support to the LGBT community. In the formal document she was informed that she "may not speak or write on homosexuality, on the notification, or on any ecclesiastical processes that led to it..." further, that she "may not encourage the faithful to publicly express their dissent from the official Magisterium, nor protest decisions of the Holy See, nor criticize the Magisterium in any public forum whatsoever." Gramick, however, as a matter of informed conscience, defied the Vatican’s edict and continues to lecture widely on behalf of justice for the LGBT community. She believes that only if all people are treated with dignity and respect will there be peace and harmony in the world. RCWP supports and celebrates her courage.Catholics continue to speak out against prejudice. In 2009, before a Maryland House of Delegates committee, Francis De Bernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, said: "It would be a grave error in judgment – both politically and morally – for government leaders to assume that the Catholic hierarchy reflects the belief of most Catholic people." The hierarchy is not the Catholic Church; the Catholic Church is the People of God. Roman Catholic Womenpriests walk in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the LGBT community. We support New Ways Ministry and their compassionate ministry to the People of God.

5 comments:

PADDY said...

I am Irish and a Catholic living in Florida.
It is my belief that "our Church" should allow Women Priests and Married Priests.
Why then do I feel "guilty" in thinking about going to your Mass ?.
Paddy

The Catholic Apologist said...

Paddy,

Becasue you know in your heart that what these women are doing is wrong. You know in your heart that for all the talk these women give about "following the will of God" the are in fact following the will of themselves, and serving themselves. The truth is, I believe deep down these women know this. That is why they draw so much attention to their movement and brag about how "We are through asking for permission to live out our Baptism" (as if living out their baptismal call to holiness is really what this is all about) They are trying desperately to stifle the voice of God in their hearts that tells them this is wrong.

Married priests are a theoretical possibility. Women Deacons are even possible in theory. That question has not been ruled out, since while the Deaconate is an "Order" it is not connected with the priesthood. Women's ordinantion (Priesthood and Bishop) at least as far the Roman Catholic Church is concerned is a closed issue. It has been decided. The Church does not have the authority to confer ordination upon women.

So Bridget Mary and the women's ordaintion movement have in effect founded their own Church where they can have it their way-- and yet they are still not happy! They are still angry and bitter! If they really thought what they were doing was right, their movement would speak for itself wouldn't it? They wouldn't have to brag about their disobedience, etc.

Linda Monk said...

I find it absolutely AMAZING that neither of these blogger comments before mine are using their identity. Do you all have names or are you just MYSTERY CRITICS ?

I am very entertained !

PADDY said...

Dont feel guilty anymore. I will be attending Mass next Saturday.
Paddy

The Catholic Apologist said...

Hi Paddy,

Oh, well, I am glad it took you all of a day to get over your "guilt." I knew when I read your post that you were either baiting someone and once they replied, you would mysterioulsy and quickly get over your "guilt" or you were being honest and really felt guilty. Either way--it makes no never mind to me. It is your soul, and your salvation. Go to what they call "Mass" and "Ordinations" and enjoy yourself.

Linda,

I do not like to give out my real identity on a public website. Lots of crazy people on the internet don't you think? It is not important who I am. My comments should stand on their own merits, (or demerits) as it is.

Your mystery blogger and critic.