|Upper Room Inclusive Community, Albany, New York|
|St. Bridget's Inclusive Community, Cleveland|
|Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community |
Anointing of the Sick
St. Paul reminds us that baptism makes us all equal and one in Christ.
"For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Galations 3:27-28 .
|Baptism of Enzo at Upper Room Community|
Therefore, baptism, not male gender, is the gateway to all the sacraments, including ordination to the priesthood.
By our baptism, each of us is called to and empowered to reflect the Christ Presence equally in our world. No one is a second class citizen in our church.
|Baptism of Brodhi at MMOJ in Sarasota, Florida|
The Vatican's prohibition against women's ordination which states that a priest must bear a physical resemblance to Jesus in order to represent Christ at the altar is sexist and contradicts our baptismal equality.
The good news is that both the international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement and Pope Francis' study of the restoration of the diaconate for women is a new opportunity to heal sexism and embark on a journey toward baptismal equality and empowerment.