Friday, March 26, 2010

"The Time is Now for Restructuring the Roman Catholic Church" by Alice Iaquinta

The Time is Now for restructuring the RC Church by Alice Iaquinta
What’s wrong with this picture?
Father Lombardi (NY Times article, 25 March) in discussing the handling of pedophile priests, said that “the Code of Canon Law does not envision automatic penalties.”
Why then are “automatic penalties” of ex-communication imposed on women who are ordained as Roman Catholic Womenpriests, and those Catholics who support them?

The Church is saying that it is far worse for a woman to answer her call to be a priest than it is for male priests to rape the most vulnerable and to betray the trust of the faithful.

Liberation theologians and priests are censured and silenced.
Women religious are persecuted and investigated because of their independence and commitment to social justice.
People are denied the sacrament of communion for their political views.
Old, unmarried males declare what is acceptable regarding sexual reproduction. Gays and Lesbians are declared disordered.
The divorced are marginalized unless granted an annulment.
These are the positions of the pope and the hierarchy.

BUT they are not the pastoral positions of the great majority of priests today. Nor are they the positions of most Catholics.

Catholics are Christian who have Jesus Christ at the center of their faith lives, not a fallible man in the role of pope. Our faith is in God, not the pope or those who have held the reins of power in the political structure of the church. Catholics believe that the Church is the people of God, not the Vatican hierarchy.

We are the people of God. We are the Church. We cannot leave ourselves.

But we can demand an end to the medieval, dysfunctional and atavistic structures and rules that remain in the ecclesial infrastructure. We can dismantle and reconstruct our church according to the model of a discipleship of equals, not an absolute monarchy. Many faithful Catholics are working to do just that. Roman Catholic Womenpriests, Corpus, Voice of the Faithful, Call to Action, Dignity, Future Church, to name just a few. These organizations have been working tirelessly for such restructuring for decades within the church.

It is time for Catholics to demand an end to the long-outdated, dictatorial, absolutist, discriminatory ways of the church. Vatican II laid the groundwork for this reconstructing and it is time to fully implement its teachings. Sex abuse by clergy is abhorrent; all the forms of discrimination and control that exist are as well. It is time for the new springtime, called for by John XXIII.

Those of us who have been ordained in Roman Catholic Womenpriests say to dismayed, discouraged, disgusted, and dissed Roman Catholics,
"Here we are! We are ready to serve the Catholic Church, the people of God." If you are looking for an inclusive Roman Catholic faith community in your area, check out htpp:// We are all over the country, Canada and Europe.
Rev. Alice Iaquinta,M.Div. Roman Catholic Womenpriests - Midwest Region.
2006 Honors Graduate, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Seminary, Milwaukee, WI
Ordained August 28, 2007 in Minneapolis, MN by Bishop Patricia Fresen.

Rev. Alice M. Iaquinta, M.Div.


The Catholic Apologist said...

Let me translate this whole post:

Take the Church as we know it and turn it into a democracy whereby people vote on what the Church should teach and believe.

A Church where by the priests go from being Spiritual "Fathers" to their people, and being a true shepherd to their people to being the "Collaboraters in Chief" who are lead by the people they are supposed to be leading, and dare not do anything that egad, might "offend" someone, unless said offense is in the name of the goddess of "Social Justice."

A Church that preaches a gospel of "Social Justice" (read: redistribution of the wealth and government control) rather then the Gospel of Christ.

A Church whereby man is at the center of worship rather then God.

A Church whose Gospel is the gospel of humanism, liberalism, modernism, and atheism. (read: Deism, or Paganism)

A Church that believes nothing, yet everything at the same time and in the same sense. A Church which does not recognize a Universal Truth, but rather a subjective, evolving, changing truth that depends upon the consent of the people.

Bridget Mary, why do you want a Church like this? Why even HAVE a Church like this? What is the point?

Ravensbarque said...

Antagonist --

You clearly have a problem with Church history. In the early church, the VOTE was critically important. Check it out and prove me wrong. But, please, DOCUMENT what you are saying. I am not interested in sweeping generalities or in believing anything you say just because you say it.

You speak of priests being "Spiritual Fathers" and what that means, etc. Please give me a time frame. And please DOCUMENT what you are saying.

You discount social justice. How then do you interpret the Sermon on the Mount and the Sermon on the Plain? We could throw in John 13 just for fun. That is where the summation of the gospel can be found.

BTW -- social justice does NOT equal a redistribution of wealth and control. Check it out! Get your definitions and your history straight.

No one is putting man (HUMAN) at the center of worship -- rather than God. I have no idea where you came up with that idiotic idea! It simply does not make sense. If I am missing something, please DOCUMENT where I have gone wrong.

Your last two paragraphs appear to be dillusional. Please clarify -- with DOCUMENTATION.

Hope you are having a nice evening!

The Catholic Apologist said...


Again, here is my blogspot:


Yes, indeed I have having a fine evening. Hope you did too! Hope you are having a nice day for that matter!

Ravensbarque said...

Thank you for listing your blogspot. I will visit it.

I had a fine evening. Watched some TV and then read a novel until after midnight. And now, the dogs are asleep and I am devoting the next few hours to theological concerns -- including writing arguments and mini-treatises. And tonight I hope to get a large chunk of that novel finished by switching from one realm of the imagination to another.