Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Pope Francis: Women Priests Are Ministering Now; Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests Media Release

Pope Francis: Women Priests Are Ministering Now

From: The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests www.arcwp.org
Release Date: November 2, 2016

Contact: Janice Sevre-Duszynska, priest (media), 859-684-4247
rhythmsofthedance1@gmail.com
Bridget Mary Meehan, bishop, 703-505-0004, sofiabmm@aol.com
From: The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests www.arcwp.org
Release Date: November 2, 2016

Contact: Janice Sevre-Duszynska, priest (media), 859-684-4247
Bridget Mary Meehan, bishop, 703-505-0004, sofiabmm@aol.com

While Pope Francis says the ban on women priests is likely to endure, our non-clerical and egalitarian international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement that began on the Danube continues to grow. We are 235 strong with 200 priests, including 180 in the U.S. serving more than 65 liturgical communities.

Like Mary of Magdala and Junia who were apostles in the New Testament, Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan, a bishop serving the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests said, 'women priests are ready, we are serving, and we will never give up!” 

Everyone is welcome at our Eucharistic celebrations. We are  living Jesus' example of inclusiveness as we serve the excluded and marginalized and all who are seeking a spiritual home.  Sadly, Pope Francis' statement that women priests will never happen, undermines Jesus who called women as disciples and treated them as equals. 

We women priests have studied theology and have backgrounds as teachers, lawyers, nurses, counselors, chaplains, etc. We are married, we are mothers, single, divorced, nuns or former nuns, straight or GLBTIQ.

Our Church needs the wisdom, experiences and loving service of women as priests to heal and transform our church into a more open, compassionate and just community that makes the connections between discrimination against women at the altar and poverty, abuse and violence toward women in the world. 


Sexism like racism is a sin and, and injustice toward women in the church is connected to injustice toward women in our world. 


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