...."Describing her as a devout Catholic who loved doing ministry in the Big Apple, O’Malley explained that Dyer was someone who wasn’t afraid to help people that the Catholic Church would often turn a blind eye to. “She’s a very compassionate person, who works with people who the institutional church may exclude for any reason,” she said. “She often administers to those who might feel marginalized or turned away from the church.”
..Dyer has worked extensively with AIDS victims and the city’s homeless community, according to her LinkedIn profile page.
From 2005 to 2011, she served as the SVP and CFO of The Greyston Foundation, which is a self-sufficiency program in New York aimed to provide housing, employment, skills and resources to lift people out of poverty.
She then spent two years working as the executive director and CEO of the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center, which is described on its website as a non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, HCV and other drug related harm among injection drug users and the community.
But O’Malley feels that all the good work in the world can’t change the horrible fact that some people can’t stomach seeing a woman in the priesthood.
“There’s certainly people that are very orthodox Catholics that are certainly unhappy with what we’re doing,” she said. “We are breaking Canon Law 1024, which says only a baptized male can be a priest.”
Rather than go along with the church, though, O’Malley says the Womenpriests movement believes the law is oppressive and deserves to be abolished.
“If (Dyer’s attack) was related to her being a woman priest, it fully emphasizes the need for the church to allow and accept women who are called to ordination. As long as they continue to exclude us from the church, and the longer they continue to say that women are not fully capable to be priests or to hold other positions, than it will be much easier for people like this man or anyone else to say that women don’t have to be treated equally.” Bridget Mary's Reflection Our hearts and prayers go out to Dr. Dyer for complete healing. We give thanks for her courage and witness to love, and justice. The full equality of women is the will of God in our times. While Pope John Paul 11 and Pope Francis have promoted equal pay for equal work, the Roman Catholic Church treats women as subordinates in its own house. Inequality is the norm. Women are excluded from priestly ministry, they are excluded as leaders or decision makers in the church's internal life: liturgies, canon laws, doctrines and governing offices. In the church, sexism is the norm as s men lead and women obey. The hierarchy must make the connections between its sexism and abuse and violence toward women. According to the Bible, women are equal images of God, it is time for the church to behave as if this is a reality by changing its teachings, practices and policies. Our international women priests movement is helping to heal the wound of sexism in the church's soul. It is leading the way into a new day of justice and equality for women. . In our inclusive communities, we celebrate sacraments and invite all to the Banquet of God's love In the Gospels Jesus called women and men to be disciples and equals. Today, women priests, are saying yes to God's call to serve the church as priests. Like Dr. Dyer, we are living God's compassionate love in diverse ministries in the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe and Africa. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP