Friday, June 27, 2014

Pope Francis Excommunicates Mafia/Time to lift Excommunication of Roman Catholic Women Priests

"Pope's takes bold step by condemning Mafia"

PITTSBURGH -- "When Pope Francis declared last week that organized crime figures are "excommunicated" from the Catholic Church, he wasn't making a formal legal declaration against any individuals by name...When instead of adoring the Lord, one substitutes the adoration of money, one opens the path to sin, personal interests and exploitation," Pope Francis said in a homily at an outdoor Mass to the estimated crowd of about 250,000 near the town of Sibari. "When one does not adore the Lord God, one becomes an adorer of evil, like those who live lives of crime and violence. Your land, which is so beautiful, knows the signs and consequences of this sin. This is what the 'Ndrangheta is: the adoration of evil and contempt for the common good."He added: "Those who follow the path of evil, like the mafiosi do, are not in communion with God; they are excommunicated!"Past popes have also spoken out against organized crime, but Francis is the first to use the word "excommunicated," according to Vatican watchers. He has previously prayed with victims of mob violence and formally beatified a priest killed in 1993 by the Mafia..."
Bridget Mary's Response: It is time for Pope Francis to lift the excommunication of Roman Catholic Women Priests. We are faithful followers of Christ who dedicate our lives to service of God's people. We do not belong in the same category as the Mafia. Women priests lead inclusive, egalitarian Catholic communities  in 10 countries where all are invited to receive sacraments in the spirit of Jesus' example in the Gospels. Bridget Mary Meehan,
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests gather for ordination of four women in Jan. 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Catholic Diocese Meets in Venice Over Allegations Against Bishop

Martha Aida Soto, a Roman Catholic Woman Priest from Colombia visits her ARCWP Community in Ft. Myers and Sarasota, Florida

Today  Martha Aida Soto visited our ARCWP Sisters, Judy Lee and Judy Beaumont from Ft. Myers, Katy Zatsick from Sun City and Bridget Mary Meehan from  Sarasota!  Martha presented Bridget Mary with a beautiful hand woven stole of Mary Mother of Jesus! See stunning stole below. It is a work of art, loving blessing and affirmation from her Sisters in a co-op of artists in Colombia. Muchas Gracias, Hermanas y Hermana Martha Aida Soto!

left to right: ARCWP Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan and Priest Martha Aida Soto.

ARCWP priests Judy Lee and Judy Beaumont drove Martha's family from Ft. Myers to Sarasota.  Katy Zatsick, ARCWP joined us for a meal at Der Dutchman in Sarasota. What a joy to be together and celebrate justice rising up for women in South America and around the globe in the Roman Catholic Church!

"What is Conscious Evolution All About?" by Diarmuid O'Murchu

..."It requires a quality of spiritual focus, largely unknown to mainline religions, and therefore, a resource we must also co-create at this time. Barbara Marx Hubbard expresses it well in these words:
“Conscious Evolution is a new worldview that is now emerging rapidly and garnering worldwide interest and support. It acknowledges that humankind has attained unprecedented powers to affect, control and change the evolution of life on Earth. . . Conscious Evolution is at the core a spiritually motivated endeavor. Its precepts reside at the heart of every great faith, affirming that humans have the potential of being co- creators with Spirit, with the deeper patterns of nature and universal design.”
Humankind is now in the process of shifting our normal state of awareness from an individual/ego point of view to a global/spiritual point of view, and our basic choice is to cooperate with that process and help it along. We must let go of all the patriarchal domination, still so endemic to our politics and religions. Empowered by the wisdom of the great mystics, we must learn to submit to where the Great Spirit leads, and make the many adjustments evolution is asking of us at this time. From here on we are called to be a participatory and discerning species, not a dominating and controlling one.
As we shift away from the old, self-destructive patterns of competing for energy and towards a higher spiritual potential, we evolve collectively towards a culture that is oriented to co-creative growth and less focused on outer technologies, as a means for survival. By being in harmony with the universal flow, we begin to “vibrate” at a frequency that brings us into unifying alignment with the Source and also with one another. In that way we move towards the new freedom, the deepest aspiration of all the great religions, and central truth of the great mystical traditions known to humankind."
Some recommended reading:
Hubbard, Barbara Marx. 1998. Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential.
Robert E. Ornstein, Robert E. & Paul R. Ehrlich. 2000. New World New Mind: Moving Toward Conscious Evolution.
Brumet, Robert. 2010. Birthing a Greater Reality: A Guide to Conscious Evolution.
Laszlo, Ervin & Kingsley L. Dennis. 2012. New Science and Spirituality Reader: Leading Thinkers on Conscious Evolution.
Christi, Nicolya. 2013. Contemporary Spirituality For An Evolving World: A Handbook for Conscious Evolution.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Women's Ordination Statement: "On the Excommunication of Kate Kelly, founder of Ordain Women"

On the excommunication of Kate Kelly, founder of Ordain Women
For immediate release:
(202) 675-1006
Statement from WOC Executive Director, Erin Saiz Hanna

The Women's Ordination Conference (WOC) is deeply saddened by yesterday's announcement that human rights lawyer and founder of the Mormon organization Ordain Women, Kate Kelly, was excommunicated by her church.

WOC stands in solidarity with Kate, the members of Ordain Women, and all those who bravely challenge sexism in religion. This excommunication affects us all. 
Kate followed her conscience and heart when she started Ordain Women, building a groundswell of feminist voices within the Mormon Church. She created a safe space for Mormons to speak freely about gender inequality in their religion and to challenge the sexist traditions that exclude women from ordination simply because of their biology.

As an organization that works for the ordination of women in the Roman Catholic Church, we understand our sisters' pain and longing for dignity, equality and justice in their faith community. We know from experience that the inappropriate use of excommunication as a means to punish those who challenge sexism cannot and will not stop the call for women's equality in our religious institutions.

Only when our religious leaders stop clinging to a culture of male privilege and dialogue with women as equal partners, will they begin to model Jesus' gospel message of justice. Communication, not excommunication, is long overdue.

In closing, Kate, know your Catholic sisters are standing in solidarity beside you.  We are confident that despite this attempt to silence you, the movement you started is unstoppable and on the right side of history. You are in our constant prayers. And in words of the Carolyn McDade song we sang together at our joint 
Equal in Faith gathering, "it may be rocky and it may be rough, but sister, carry on." 

International RCWP Bishops' Meeting in Indianapolis on June 23, 2014

Bishops: left to right bottom row, Olivia Doko, Bridget Mary Meehan, Regina Nicolosi, Joan Houk
top row, Nancy Meyer, Christine Mayr Lumetzberger, Andrea Johnson, Maria Bouclin

A Playful God of Surprises Disrupts Excessive Order, Is that your Experience?

I think this quote sums up the playfulness of the God of Surprises. Is this your experience? It is mine! "Religion degenerates into religiousity when God is absolutized...when fixed structures cannot adapt to changing circumstances. Excessive order paradoxically drifts towards chaos. which unexpectedly creates the conditions for the creative emergence of new patterns of order. The livingness of God disrupts and disfigures every stablizing structure, thereby keeping the playful whole in movement. Just when we think we have certainty of God, divinity will slip out from our evolutionary feet, and like the speed of light elude our grasp to become for us the power of the future." Sister Illia Delio in The Unbearable Wholeness of Being

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Prayer for Victims of Drones by Janice Sevre-Duszynska, ARCWP

Gaia ( Mother Earth) Book Club Meets to Discuss Praying with Celtic Holy Women

Erika Woods, Judy Hayes, Millie Brady, Bridget Mary Meehan, Lauren Basile, Mary Weber

Members  of Gaia Book Club meet for dinner and discussion of Bridget Mary Meehan's Praying with Celtic Holy Women.  Members are Millie Brady, Erika Woods, Judy Hayes, Lauren Basile, Peggy Alderman and Mary Weber.

"Roman Catholic Womenpriests ordains first bishop from Indiana" /National Catholic Reporter/ Photos from RCWP

"As a girl, Nancy Louise Meyer knew she was called to priestly ministry. Growing up in 1960s Ohio, her first thought was to become a Franciscan sister, which she did, serving as a secondary school teacher and associate vocation director for the Cincinnati archdiocese. But the call to priesthood stayed with her, and in 2010, she was ordained as a Roman Catholic Womanpriest."
"Sunday, Meyer became the first Roman Catholic Womenpriests bishop from the state of Indiana, where she has lived for 25 years and now pastors a home church community.
"The importance is never being the first," she said in an interview before her ordination. "I think the importance is living out my vocation with God's grace. It is a privilege to respond to my region's call to me by selecting me as bishop."

Meyer, who will serve as bishop of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests' Midwest region, is succeeding Bishop Regina Nicolosi, who is retiring.
Organizers said about 150 attended Sunday's ordination, which took place at Calvary United Methodist Church in Brownsburg with seven female bishops presiding, including Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, one of the Danube Seven, the first seven women ordained in the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement in 2002.Mayr-Lumetzberger, the self-proclaimed grandmother of the movement, traveled to Brownsburg from Austria for the ordination and said she was proud of how far they had come in the 12 years since her ordination. Yet she also said she hoped women priests would one day gain more acceptance, especially from other Catholic women, who she said have a tendency to cut down women who take a stand within the church.

"They should accept that calls are different," she said. "In every life are different calls, and every woman and every man has different calls. Say thank you for every call you have. This is what I wish for the other women. I wish they would support us and go hand-in-hand with us. That would be nice..."
[Dawn Cherie Araujo is a staff writer for Global Sisters Report, a project of National Catholic Reporter. Her email address is]

Monday, June 23, 2014

Rev. Chava Reflects on the Children of the Body of Christ/ May we weep for the suffering and rise up to help!

Alumnos, maestros y Padres de Familia de la Institución Educativa Navarro

Oscar Romero Inclusive Catholic Church
Bulletin for Sunday, June 22, 2014
Feast of Corpus Christi
Dear friends,
Central America is bleeding children.
As many as 60,000 children have entered the United States across our
southern border in 2014, and there must be more on the way. They come
fleeing violence, sometimes running from gangs that told them, “join or
die.” They come believing that the United States will take care of them.
How desperate do you have to be to let your child go on such a dangerous
In all the immigration debate in this country, I have heard much about
whether people ought to be allowed to stay, but little about why they come
here in the first place. – and almost nothing about United States policies
that help to create and maintain the poverty and violence in their home
The first time I visited El Salvador in 2005 there were many surprises. The
first was the realization as we got off the plane, that we could have
walked there. It would have taken an awful long time, but it we could have.
And millions have walked that journey, heading north instead of south.
The second was the ubiquitous presence of the United States in this Central
American country. You cannot walk down a street in El Salvador without
being aware of the existence of the most powerful country in the world. I
began to understand what it means to be part of an empire as I looked at
the familiar corporate logos on streets in El Salvador. One day we climbed
a steep dirt path to visit a community clinging to life on the side of a
mountain. All the houses were made of sticks and found materials, some
without roofs, with curtains for doors. And there among some of the poorest
people in the world, stuck to a wall I saw an advertisement for a Disney
Our presence is in the air they breathe. I visited a little town that had
experienced earth tremors which they believed to have been caused by some
deep drilling being done by a North American company in the hills nearby.
Those tremors knocked down about half the town. Another time, we heard
about the companies mining for gold, using chemicals to leach gold from the
earth, destroying the very land. And I heard about the gangs that were
forming. Then, as now, El Salvador was losing hundreds of people daily to
the trek to the north – and the ones that came back were usually criminals,
jailed in the US and then deported – returning to El Salvador to form
gangs, using knowledge they’d gained in prison. And not only El Salvador,
but Guatemala and Honduras, the countries from which those children are
fleeing, now.
On my second visit to El Salvador, my friend Ruth Orantes took me on a tour
of the Baptist High School in Santa Ana. As we stood together looking at a
map of El Salvador, she asked me, “So what do people in the United States
say about El Salvador?”
It hurt to have to tell her the truth. “They don’t,” I said. “I’m not sure
most people even know it exists.”
We need to know that those countries exist, and that they are full of
people, people who need the same things that you and I do – food and
shelter, education and health care, the opportunity to grow and live and
learn. They are not there for us to exploit. Their countries are not
America’s trash can, where we throw what we do not need or want. But that
is how we treat them.
I do not know the solution to the current crisis. But I know that a country
that bleeds its children is a country screaming in pain. We have got to
realize that we are part of what is causing that pain.
Jesuit Jon Sobrino once wrote from El Salvador of the “scandalous
profligacy of the North.” Perhaps there is also the scandalous ignorant
blindness of the North.
Let us be the country these children believe us to be, when they risk their
lives to come here.
Love to all
Oscar Romero Church
An Inclusive Community of Liberation, Justice and Joy
Worshiping in the Catholic Tradition
Mass: Sundays, 11 am
St Joseph’s House of Hospitality, 402 South Ave, Rochester NY 14620



Photos from Ordination of Nancy Meyer, Bishop of Midwest Region, RCWP USA on June 22, 2014/First RCWP Bishop from Indiana

Bishop Regina Nicolosi, presiding bishop at ordination of Nancy Meyer of Midwestern Region/RCWP USA
left to right front row: Bishops of RCWP: Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, Joan Hou,k, Great Waters,
middle row, Regina Nicolosi, Midwest, Nancy Meyer, newly ordained Marie Bouclin, Canada
back row, Andrea Johnson, East, Olivia Doko, West, Christin Mayr-Lumetzberger, Europe East

Bridget Mary Meehan lays hands on Nancy Meyer

Final Blessing of Ordination Liturgy

Joan Houk/Final blessing

RCWP Priests and Bishops
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP and Mary Weber, ARCWP
Joan Houk and Bridget Mary Meehan after Ordination of Nancy Meyer
Bishop Andrea Johnson hugs Nancy Meyer at Sign of Peace
Ordination Rite
Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP

"First Female Hossier Ordained Bishop of Reform Group"/Bishop Nancy Meyer Ordained by Roman Catholic Womenpriests USA on June 22, 2014
Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan lays hands on Nancy Meyer

In a joyful celebration Nancy Meyer became Indiana's first female bishop on June 22, 2014.

Brownsburg's Nancy Louise Meyer said she was first called to the Roman Catholic priesthood as a young girl growing up in Dayton, Ohio.
But because the church does not recognize the ordination of women, she believed her call would forever go unanswered.
"As we did in those days, we always went to Mass daily," she said. "It was sixth grade when ... I had the total sense of God calling me to the priestly ministry, which wasn't even an option for a Catholic girl in the 1950s..."

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Homily Reflections for/Sunday: Feast of the Body of Christ by Judy Lee, ARCWP
On this Sunday we remember Jesus’ gift of himself . Jesus gave himself in radical love. This meant long exhausting days surrounded and pursued by people in need of teaching and healing, challenging the shortcomings of  established religion, and spending short nights with not enough sleep, body broken, blood poured out for all of humanity in the way he lived his life and in his death. Compassion for the poor and outcast especially moved him. He was on fire for them and against injustice. He asked the same of those who would follow him (Matthew 25). He gave it all so we could know and feel to the core of our very beings the meaning of “love one another”. Indeed on this special Sunday we are filled with thanksgiving and love for Jesus the Christ who gave it all.
In the Eucharist, the feast of thanksgiving and Holy Communion, we partake of the Body of Christ in all of its forms. We believe in the mystery of Christ- on the Table in the bread and wine, at the Table and all around the Table. Our readings of the day say that God nourished his people in the wilderness by providing a special substance called manna (Deuteronomy 8). God  feeds God’s people on the finest wheat (Psalm 47). The Epistle reading says: “The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we , though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf” (I Cor. 10-16-170.)   We are nourished by his real presence in the bread and wine and in the people of God. The Sacrament is on the altar, yes, but in every one of us as we are the Body of Christ-we are the Sacrament of Christ’s love in the world.  Most especially as we serve the poor and broken we know exhaustion and challenge as Jesus did, and we also see the face of Christ everywhere, being served and serving with us. We know a little of what it meant to be bread for the world as Jesus was (John 6:51-58). We know how this Bread gives us life now and forever and how we can leave no one behind as we share this life giving Bread.
Some of these thoughts are from my book Come By Here: Church with the Poor,,2010,now available in Spanish as well.    The reason I include this citation is that the stories of the lives of those served and serving with us as we ministered to the homeless and poor outside in the streets and inside in our church house illuminate the essence of the body of Christ broken, yet whole.
Here is the Corpus Christi reflection of another street minister, Rev. James Patrick Hall an Episcopal priest serving the homeless in Tulsa, Oklahoma:
” Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, and I would dearly love to join a Procession in the streets, attend a High Mass, with clouds of incense and deep throated choirs intoning “Humbly I adore thee, Verity unseen”….but…
Today is also the day we have our Church on the street here in Tulsa, Thursday Night Light, and as much as I love the ancient worship of our Church, I love being with my street Church even more.
So, as I thought about this, I realized there will be no conflict; Christ is most truly Present in the people gathered tonight. I will see as Colossians 1:27 says, a great mystery; Christ Present in His people gathered.
In this great Communion of the Street, I can bow before Christ and confess Ave Verum Corpus Christi (Hail True Body of Christ) !
Colossians 1:27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
‘Humbly I adore Thee, Verity unseen,
Who Thy glory hiddest ’neath these shadows mean;
Lo, to Thee surrendered, my whole heart is bowed…’”
Precious Body, Precious Blood, Precious Jesus, we, your people love you and remember. Grant us the strength to follow you and to be nourished by your love as we bring the Bread of Life to the world. Amen
Pastor Judy Lee, ARCWP
Good Shepherd Inclusive Catholic Community
Fort Myers, Florida