Pope Francis' message to the new cardinals is clear serve God in the marginalized. In the Roman Catholic Church, women priests are one of the groups marginalized and persecuted by the Vatican and the hierarchy. Perhaps, Pope Francis is preparing the minds and hearts of the hierarchy for a change of heart. I suggest that Pope Francis open a dialogue with the international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement about our mutual love for Christ and drop the excommunication against our members and supporters.
Let us pray to our loving God... .Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org
..."Dear new Cardinals, my brothers, as we look to Jesus and our Mother, I urge you to serve the Church in such a way that Christians - edified by our witness - will not be tempted to turn to Jesus without turning to the outcast, to become a closed caste with nothing authentically ecclesial about it. I urge you to serve Jesus crucified in every person who is emarginated, for whatever reason; to see the Lord in every excluded person who is hungry, thirsty, naked; to see the Lord present even in those who have lost their faith, or turned away from the practice of their faith, or say that they are atheists; to see the Lord who is imprisoned, sick, unemployed, persecuted; to see the Lord in the leper – whether in body or soul - who encounters discrimination! We will not find the Lord unless we truly accept the marginalized! May we always have before us the image of Saint Francis, who was unafraid to embrace the leper and to accept every kind of outcast. Truly, dear brothers, the Gospel of the marginalized is where our credibility is at stake, is discovered and is revealed!"