Thursday, September 11, 2008

Six experts out of 41 scholars are women for Vatican Synod

Pope Benedict has invited six women experts on the Bible to the upcoming Synod to be held in Rome from Oct. 5-26. Six out of 41 are women and nineteen observers are women.
While it is true that the Vatican has taken a baby step forward, this is far from equity, and represents a failure to incorporate the rich body of scholarship which feminists have contributed over the past twenty-five years in ground-breaking scholarship. However, as Sr. Christine Schenk observes, it is better than nothing!
Roman Catholic Womenpriests will be participating at the Shadow Synod. More about this later...!!!
Bridget Mary Meehan

Praise For Including Female Experts At Vatican Synod
Now Restore Women Leaders To Lectionary Readings
Cleveland, OH
"The Vatican is to be congratulated for including three women biblical scholars and three other women specialists to serve as experts at October's Synod on the Word," said FutureChurch director, Sr. Christine Schenk. "This is especially gratifying since no women experts were included at the 2005 Synod on the Eucharist. We are hopeful that all the international scholars selected (both male and female) are representative of the full spectrum of perspectives about women's biblical leadership.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Three Articles: Vatican may Discipline Maryknoll Catholic Priest and Interview with Janice Sevre-Duszynska

Boston Globe: Articles of Faith
Priest warned after woman's "ordination"
by Michael Paulson August 24, 2008 09:13 AM
"The flap caught my eye for a couple reasons. First, it is the only such ceremony I'm aware of in which a priest in good standing participated openly. Second, the statement from the Maryknoll Fathers is striking for its lack of criticism, and for its description of the role of women in the church as a justice issue..."
"As a Catholic priest- and this is important- I cannot possibly speak out about the injustice of the war in Iraq, about the injustice of the School of the Americas and the suffering it causes, and at the same time be silent about this injustice in my church," he said. "I belong to a huge faith community where women are excluded, and I have a responsibility to address this."

Life on the Edge
by Charlie Pearl
Kentucky State Journal Sept. 7, 2008
Janice Sevre-Duszynska said:
"Jesus was a person who empowered others, liberated others, who gave you a sense of freedom " from whatever the parameters culturally, socially, religiously that you were suffering from. What we're doing in Roman Catholic womenpriests is restoring the church, we're rebuilding the church. We're restoring it to the Gospel vision, what Jesus called it to be, not Canon Law, which discriminates against women and other people. "