Roman Catholic Women Priests are leading the church into a new era of inclusivity and hospitality where everyone has a place at the Table. Everyone is welcome to receive sacraments, no exceptions. As Tony Flannery writes, the Church is called to embrace the spirit of radical equality that Jesus demonstrated in the Gospels and treat everyone as a beloved image of the Divine in our midst.
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, https://arcwp.org
Will LGBT families be represented at world meeting in August? by Tony Flannery, Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/will-lgbt-families-be-represented-at-world-meeting-in-august-1.3527003
"Radical hospitality will always... reach beyond current boundaries, always put stress on the system in place. This is why Jesus’ meals with “sinners” were so disconcerting to the religious folks: they could sense that things were shifting, and that they would need to shift too. And when Jesus says, “The tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Matt. 21:31), he is telling the elitists that they are missing what he is doing, that the table is expanding despite them, and that they’d better make room in their community and in their hearts. Because they were so unwilling to welcome those they believed to be inferior to them, they never saw Jesus fully in their midst...This makes Jesus’ act of service all the more radical in its counterintuitive kindness; he extends hospitality to one who had essentially become his enemy. The gesture is a living parable for us, a reminder that we are to be the washers of feet , not only for those whom we deem worthy or with whom we have affinity, but also for those we are offended by, angered by, or disagree with—those we are least inclined to welcome. It means that whatever caveat we would add as a condition to welcoming or serving another (race, sexual orientation, gender, political affiliation) will need to be removed. This kind of lavish acceptance is something people are craving but experiencing less and less in the Church these days, and they’re rightly going elsewhere for it." John Pavolitz, The Bigger Table