Thursday, March 27, 2014

President Carter sends a message to world religious leaders: Stop using religion to justify violence against women. by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite /Carter will become Catholic when a woman priest invites him!
 An article about Jimmy Carter's new book authored by Susan Thistlethwaite about Carter's new book  - in which he says he will become a Catholic when a woman priest invites him to join her church.

"An extraordinary thing about President Carter, and I speak from personal experience, is that he actually listens to women. When President Carter appeared on The Colbert Report recently, Colbert remarked to the president, “You’re not a Catholic yet.” Carter admitted as much, though allowed he was “thinking about it.” He said he could become a Catholic “[w]hen a female Catholic priest invites me to join her church.”
Note that while President Carter seems to think a lot of Pope Francis, he didn’t say he’d join the Catholic Church if the Pope asked him. No, he said he’s asking the Pope to ordain women, and then when the Catholic Church ordains women to be priests, he’d listen to a woman priest if she asked him to become a Catholic.
That’s pretty much how President Carter understands that last word in the title of his new book: power. There has to be a power shift in the relationship of men to women and a shift in how religion is deployed. Today, the president contends, religion is deployed to justify, even promote, violence against women.  That has to be reversed. Religion must be deployed to promote equal human rights and dignity for women."
Bridget Mary's Response:
President Carter, the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, invite you to attend our liturgies when you are in our areas. Diane Dougherty, a Roman Catholic Woman Priests lives in and ministers in Atlanta. I am sure  Diane will send you an invitation to local celebrations in your area.  The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests appreciate your prophetic stance on behalf of justice and equality for women in the Catholic Church and in religion and society. Your book  makes the important connection between discrimination against women in religion and abuse and violence toward women in society.  Thank you. Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan,

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