Saturday, April 21, 2012

"Hindus Urge Pope to Reconsider Ordination of Women Priests"

"Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that women could disseminate God’s message as skillfully as men and deserved equal and full participation and access in religion

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that as women were equal partners in the society, so they should be equal partners in the religion also. He urged Vatican to be more kind to Roman Catholic women as exclusion of women from religious services, just because they were female, was very unfair and ungodly.

Quoting Hindu scriptures, Rajan Zed says: Where women are honored, there the gods are pleased. Men and women are equal in the eyes of God and religions should respect that, Zed stresses and adds that time has now come for the women priests and bishops.
Zed suggested that theologians and canonists of the Church needed to address this issue urgently; re-evaluate Church doctrine, theology, male hierarchy and history; and give women a chance. Women should be ordained to priesthood and should perform the same functions as male priests. Treating women as not equal to men was clearly a case of discrimination promoting gender inequality.
Church’s Cannon Law 1024 says—Only a baptized man validly receives sacred ordination.
Rajan Zed noted that there had been, however, some positive signs regarding status of women in Roman Catholic Church as Vatican invited women to participate in the Synod of Bishops in 2010 and 2008 and girls outnumbered boys for the first time at the altar servers gathering in Vatican in 2010, where about 60 percent of young pilgrims were reportedly female. Holy See being the largest religious organization in the world should show exemplary leadership in women equality to the rest of the planet, Zed pointed out.
Zed argued that reprimanding of the US Catholic nuns’ group, Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), founded in 1956, by Vatican for reportedly raising the subject of ordination of women and other issues was unfortunate. Mission of LCWR, an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in USA, included “fostering dialogue and collaboration among religious congregations”, “developing models for initiating and strengthening relationships with groups concerned with the needs of society”, etc.
Roman Catholic Church, largest of the Christian denominations with about 1.2 billion adherents, is headed by Pope and headquartered in Vatican. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal."
Bridget Mary's Reflection:
Let's hear it for Hindu Leader Rajan Zed for affirming gender equality in religion including the Catholic Church. Women are created as equal images of God. The Vatican cannot continue to discriminate against women and blame God for it.  Zed gently, but firmly, reproved the Vatican for its reprimand of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Hopefully, millions of believers will join in to resist the Vatican's move to burn the nuns.
 It is my prayer that the LCWR and the women's religious orders will declare their independence from the Vatican, and affirm their Sisters' call to ordination.  Can you imagine what it would be like to have nun-priests serving God's people in inclusive communities of faith.
The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests will ordain women religious who have served God's people for decades. It is time for all of us to stand in solidarity with the nuns and for the women religious to declare that they will not participate in their oppression by the Vatican. Then they will be "free at last!" 
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests


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