Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fr. Jerry Zawada Says Excommunication Has Yet to Be Discussed/NCR Online

Association of Roman Catholic Woman Priest, Janice Sevre-Duszynska and Franciscan Jerry Zawada co-preside at SOA Vigil liturgy at Ft. Benning, GA. 
Nov. 30, 2011
By Brian Roewe
"Despite rumors that Franciscan Fr. Jerry Zawada would be excommunicated and expelled from his order for his participation in a liturgy led by a female priest, Zawada and the leadership of his order say that has yet to be discussed. Zawada participated in the Nov. 19 liturgy while attending the School of Americas Watch in Fort Benning, Ga.Fr. John Puodziunas, provincial minister of the Franciscan Friars of the Assumption BVM Province, told NCR that he has not received any contact from the Vatican on the matter. "There have been no official contacts from anyone," Puodziunas said."
Bridget Mary's Reflection
Let's hope that the Franciscan Order leads the way to a more egalitarian, partnership-centered church in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. Fr. Jerry Zawada deserves their continued support and solidarity no matter what the Vatican does.
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

“For us men and our salvation...” is a terrible translation.

The creed we recite in my (Anglican) church says “for us and our salvation”, but I recently discovered it still contains an important mistranslation. We say “[Jesus] was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man”. When I looked up the Greek of the original Nicene Creed I found that the word translated “was made man” comes from the root “anthropos” (human being) not “aner” (man). We should be saying something like “[Jesus] was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became a human being”.

Perhaps this point seems trivial, but I see it as one more tiny and unwarranted insinuation that only a man can represent Christ at the altar, when in truth the crucial thing is Jesus’s humanity, not his masculinity.