Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pope Francis Speaks Out for Peace and Justice ARCWP Promotes Gender Equality in a Church of Inclusion

“Spending on nuclear weapons squanders the wealth of nations,” Pope Francis wrote to the Vienna Humanitarian Conference in December. “To prioritize such spending is a mistake and a misallocation of resources which would be far better invested in the areas of integral human development, education, health and the fight against extreme poverty. When these resources are squandered, the poor and the weak living on the margins of society pay the price.”
According to Italian news agency ANSA, the message spoke of the unequal distribution of goods as a source of conflict in the Americas and the shortcomings of trickle-down economics.

Jubilee Year of Mercy
In the document, Pope Francis says the Holy Year is “dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy” which God “constantly extends to all of us.”He explains the year will begin on December 8 to commemorate both the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, which called the Church to proclaim the Gospel to the world in new ways, bringing God’s mercy to everyone..“The mercy of God is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality through which he reveals his love as that of a father or a mother, moved to the very depths out of love for their child,” the Pope writes.

Bridget Mary's Response:
Pope Francis challenges global inequality and promotes an economy of inclusion and global peace, but until women are treated as equals in the church and in society, we will not have a just and equal world.  Two-thirds of the world's poor are women and their dependent children.  Church teaching banning artificial birth control contributes to poverty and environmental degradation. Like Pope Francis who promotes an economy of inclusion, the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests promotes gender equality in a church of inclusion.
 Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP,
Martha Aida Soto, ARCWP  on right with 

Dra. Aida Abella at peace march in Colombia, South America


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