"We are the workers, not the master builders, ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own."
|St. Priscilla's Catacomb in Rome: Woman Deacon depicted in center, on far left, woman priest, and on right Mary Mother of Jesus.|
See work of Dorothy Irvin, theologian and archaeologist
Read The Hidden History of Women's Ordination by Gary Macy
|Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community in Albany, New York|
While the international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement may not experience the transformation of patriarchy to gender equality in the church in the lifetime of its members, we have begun a prophetic journey toward justice by ordaining women deacons, priests and bishops in the church that will flourish in inclusive faith communities of disciples and equals for years to come. We celebrate the words of the prophet Isaiah each day in our relationships and ministries. "Observe what is right, do what is just, for my salvation is about to come, my justice about to be revealed. Isaiah 56"1
The good news is - no matter what our beloved Pope Francis says- women priests are here to stay and we are committed to gender justice in our church and world!
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, www.arcwp.org