Saturday, September 4, 2010
Proposed New English Translation of Mass Uses Non-Inclusive/ Sexist Language//Roman Catholic Womenpriests Use Inclusive Languge
Philip Endean SJ teaches theology at the University of Oxford.
Bridget Mary's Reflection
I think this new proposed translation of the Mass is flawed on a number of fronts, including use of non-inclusive language which provides more evidence of the Vatican's sexist attitude and failure to treat women as equals in the church. Where is women's equal dignity if all we hear in worship is "man" and masculine nouns and pronouns to address or refer to God?
Women are equal images of God and our language in liturgy should be inclusive, including addressing the Holy One in feminine imagery.
It appears the Vatican is heading full speed backwards to medieval times. What's next: Latin as the preferred language, the priests with their backs to the people, the return of altar rails?
But the good news is that Roman Catholic Womenpriests use inclusive language and imagery for God in our liturgies. So, Catholics who do not like this new Vatican-imposed English translations can experience our liturgies where all are welcome and all are included.
Let me make a prediction-- one day- the Vatican will adapt or perhaps even copy our inclusive liturgie . On this day Catholics worldwide will rejoice as people-empowered communities call forth qualified women and men to preside at the altar and conduct diverse liturgies that embrace the entire church---even using Latin from time to time!
Bridget Mary Meehan
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Roman Catholic Womenpriests'
Movement:Historic Ordination of
U.S. Bishops on April 19, 2009
Ordination Ban Central to World’s Oldest Patriarchy
"In a world radically changed by the women’s movement, the Catholic Church stands –- proudly—as one of the last bastions of patriarchy. Led by an unapologetic boys’ club, it has embraced a system of gender apartheid, deeply hostile to women’s agency, power and voice. Central to that system is the absolute ban on women’s ordination. An all-male priesthood deprives women of power by locking them out of the highest levels of leadership and decision-making, including and especially on matters affecting women’s most intimate lives, on maternity and sexuality. It also sends a vivid and visible message that women cannot, must not, are utterly unequipped to represent the Divine."
"Because religion remains an extremely powerful force in the world, religiously countenanced discrimination against women has wide influence. It undergirds laws, policies and cultural practices that keep women in many places on earth silent and subservient, powerless over their reproductive health and lives, in abusive relationships, and in poverty. The Church refuses to endorse the use of condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS, endangering the many women who are powerless to dictate the terms of their sexual relations and at highest risk for the disease; refuses to support birth control, even though spacing births helps reduce the hundreds of thousands of maternal deaths each year, while also increasing the survival of babies; and condemns pregnancy termination even in the most dire circumstances, in Brazil excommunicating the mother and the doctor who ended the pregnancy of a nine-year-old raped by her stepfather."
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Catholics and interfaith communities across the world have reacted with shock and anger to the Vatican's latest demonstration of moral bankruptcy..."
The emperor has no clothes. Catholics in the pews should stop giving until the Vatican starts listening. The church is the people of God, not the hierarchy alone.
It is time for reform and renewal. "
Janice Sevre-Duszynska of Lexington is a peace activist ordained a priest in 2008.
"A woman was ordained as a Catholic priest in the Valley on Saturday in the kind of ceremony the Vatican recently condemned as one of the church's most serious crimes. Elaine Groppenbacher received holy orders from Bishop Peter Hickman of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, one of several liberal Catholic offshoots in the Valley. The ceremony took place at Guardian Angels Catholic Community, which meets in Tempe. "
Groppenbacher is the fourth woman to be ordained as a Catholic priest in the Valley.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Invitation to Press conference
Tuesday 7 September 2010, 11.00-12.00 noon
Saint Andrew’s Church Hall, Short Street, Waterloo, London SE1 8LJ.
Catholic Voices for Reform invite you to a press conference to consider questions that many Catholics would like to ask Pope Benedict during his visit to the UK. Catholic Voices for Reform is a new grouping of concerned Catholics who believe that it is essential that the Church undergoes a process of reform. CV4R brings together representatives of many of the Catholic Reform Groups in Britain and, through these groups, has ecumenical, European and worldwide connections.
Although it is generally believed that Catholics seldom discuss and debate questions about their church, nothing could be further from the truth. Catholics throughout the country, at this time of preparation for the visit of Pope Benedict XXVI, are debating and questioning the future of their church.
Catholic Voices for Reform want to bring into the open a selection of questions typical Catholics would like to ask Pope Benedict. Examples of issues being debated include:
· Mindless obedience
Questions relating to each of these issues will be addressed.
Following the press conference we will deliver a letter, addressed to Pope Benedict, to Archbishop Nichols at Archbishops House Westminster, confident that he will ensure that the Holy Father is made aware of some of the issues concerning the future of their church being discussed by Catholics in England and Wales.
All members of the press and broadcasting media are invited to attend.
We will present many of the questions that Catholics are asking about the current situation and future of their Church. Full details will be presented and questioners will be available for comment and interview.
A press pack will be available.
Please contact in the UK:
Valerie Stroud Tel. +44(0)7904 332201 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernard Wynne Tel. +44(0)20 8850 6458 email: email@example.com
Myra Poole Tel. +44(0)208 874 7364 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Bryden-Brook Tel. +44(0)20 7235 2841 email email@example.com
Excellent questions, from Catholic Voices for Reform! I hope Pope Benedict addresses these questions. It is time for Pope Benedict to affirm the full equality of women in the church including womenpriests, and justice for victims of clergy sex abuse. We need a more transparent, accountable institutional church. No more cover-ups of crimes by priests by the hierarchy. Bridget Mary Meehan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-505-0004
Catholic priest and author of 'The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything'
"Bishop Dowling's blunt address was not only about what he called the "dismantling" of the Second Vatican Council, which reformed the church in the 1960s, but something else: the overwhelming "pressure to conform." Here's an irony: the one speaking out about speaking out apparently did not feel that he could speak out, at least not broadly, or at least not to everyone, or at least not publicly. His desire not to speak more publicly on the topic may have proved his point. "
"None of this is meant to be a slight against Bishop Dowling, whom I've greatly admired for some time. He is a terrific leader, a wonderful teacher and, in many ways, a real prophet. What a bishop should and could be."
"But neither is this surprising. Today in the Catholic Church almost any disagreement to almost any degree with almost any church leader on almost any topic is seen as dissent. And I'm not speaking about the essentials of the faith -- those elements contained in the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed -- but about less essential topics. Even on those topics -- for example, the proper strategy for bishops to deal with Catholic politicians at odds with church teaching, the new translations of the Mass, the best way for priests to address complicated moral issues, and so on -- the slightest whiff of disagreement is confused with disloyalty."
How are we going to grow as a faith community without dissent? Roman Catholic Womenpriests are a gift to an instiutional church that is deeply sexist and fearful of women priests. Needed are courageous prophets, ordinary Catholics to speak truth to power, including to Pope Benedict. Jesus said, "fear not" and this is exactly what we must do. Speaking the truth boldly and in love to our institutional Roman Catholic leaders is not disloyal, it is is faithfulness to the Gospel.
Women, by our baptism, are images of Christ. No natural resemblance to a male Jesus is necessary to serve God's people as servant priests. Let's shout it from the mountain tops. Sexism is wrong. The full equality of women in our church is the call of the Spirit in our times! Let us follow Jesus example of Gospel equality and reclaim the church's twelve hundred year tradition of women in ordained leadership. Bridget Mary Meehan, email@example.com, 703-505-0004
Monday, August 30, 2010
BRUSSELS, Aug. 28, 2010 (Reuters) —
"The former head of Belgium's Catholic Church suggested to a sexual abuse victim it would be better to delay a public statement on the case until the bishop involved resigned in 2011, a Church spokesman said on Saturday."
"Jurgen Mettepenningen confirmed transcripts in Belgium's De Standaard newspaper of a meeting Roman Catholic Cardinal Godfried Danneels held with Bishop Roger Vangheluwe and a sexual abuse victim of the bishop in April 2010."
"It is true this meeting and conversation took place, and that the transcript is correct," Mettepenningen told Reuters.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
"Saying the diocese can take away a parish’s building but not its community, about 350 members of a suppressed Cleveland parish defied their bishop’s orders and celebrated Mass Aug. 15 in a rented space as the legally incorporated Community of St. Peter"...
"The St. Peter situation is somewhat unique among closed-down parishes in the country. In many cases, parishioners have struggled to keep their churches open in defiance of the local bishop, some even occupying the church buildings 24 hours a day. That is not the case here"...
“As the bishop went around the diocese closing parishes,” said Bob Zack, a community leader, “he kept saying a parish is not a piece of real estate. It’s a community of people. We understood that, we got it. If he wants the building, fine, take it. But we refuse to be suppressed as a community.”
This could be a model for parishes facing closing in the future. The community could choose to continue as a community because the people of God are the church. The sacred space is a secondary concern for the Body of Christ. These communities could call forth women and men as servant leaders and as priests. This is an early church model. I bet this is just around the corner for other Catholic communities in this priest-short, parish closing times. Congratulations, St. Peter's Community for this courageous step . Other Catholic parishes may follow your example sooner than later. May the Spirit guide one and all as we work to share our faith in caring, worshiping communities. Bridget Mary Meehan