Sunday, May 11, 2014

"With Malice Toward Nuns" by Maureen Dowd/New York Times
..."Vallely said that the pope was allowing the liberal German Cardinal Walter Kasper to make speeches on changing the rules to allow divorced Catholics to take Communion at the same time he’s allowing conservatives to oppose the same thing. He chose a liberal pope for sainthood to balance the conservative, pedophile-shielding pope.
“The thing he really hates is the way the papacy used to work like a medieval monarchy,” Vallely said. “He wants the church to reach decisions slowly, by conversations within the church. He wants to hear all the different voices. He’s letting a thousand flowers bloom.”
Or not. Women, gays and dissident Catholics who had fresh hope are going to have to face the reality that while this pope is a huge improvement on the last, the intolerance is still there.
We are still going to be discriminated against, but with a smile instead of a frown. Maybe a frown is more honest."
Bridget Mary's Response:
 Pope Francis should reign in the CDF, specifically the Cardinal Mueller whose his oppressive tactics reflect a modern day Inquisition! Mueller's attack on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is another example of patriarchy run amok in the institutional church. Catholics are fed up with sexism in our church. While Cardinal Kasper supports feminist theologians and the U.S. nuns group, Cardinal Mueller condemns both. Which way, dear Francis are you going here? We are getting mixed signals.  It is my prayer and hope that you clearly affirm the full equality of women in the church, take positive steps to appoint women in top leadership roles in the Vatican and open a path of dialogue with Roman Catholic Women Priests and our supporters.
A first step  of good will would be the removal of the extreme punishment of excommunication. Pedophiles have not been excommunicated, why are women serving God's people in a renewed priestly ministry? May we see a new face of Christ's inclusive love in your papacy, Pope Francis! Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP,

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