Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Roman Catholic Women Priests - Theology of Ordination for 21st Century Is a living Reality

 Women priests are offering the Roman Catholic Church a new moment of partnership, empowerment and spiritual renewal as they serve inclusive communities of equals on the margins and live baptismal equality now. 

Upper Room Inclusive Community, Albany, New York
St.  Bridget's Inclusive Community, Cleveland

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community
Anointing of the Sick

St. Paul reminds us that baptism makes us all equal and one in Christ. 

"For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Galations 3:27-28 .

Baptism of Enzo at Upper Room Community

Therefore, baptism, not male gender, is the gateway to all the sacraments, including ordination to the priesthood. 

By our baptism, each of us is called to and empowered to reflect the Christ Presence equally in our world. No one is a second class citizen in our church. 

Baptism of Brodhi at MMOJ in Sarasota, Florida

The Vatican's prohibition against women's ordination which states that  a priest must bear a physical resemblance to Jesus in order to represent Christ at the altar is sexist and contradicts our baptismal equality. 

The good news is that both the international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement and Pope Francis' study of the restoration of the diaconate for women is a new opportunity to heal sexism and embark on a journey toward baptismal equality and empowerment. 

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