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My Response: I never thought that I'd see the day when a priest in Ireland would urge Catholics not to attend the Chrism Mass celebrating priesthood! Kudos to Fr. Kevin Hegarty in County Mayo. His clarion call is in solidarity not only with Mary McAleese but with with the call of Spirit to live the full equality of women in the Catholic Church. As more and more priests and people advocate women priests in an inclusive, just church of equals, in Ireland and elsewhere we will reach a tipping point, and change will happen. Jesus called women to be disciples and apostles. It is time the Vatican follows his example! Bridget Mary Meehan #TimesUp, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org
Priest urges Catholics not to attend Holy Thursday Mass
Misogyny very strong in the Church despite the PR words involved, says Fr Kevin Hegarty
My Response: I agree. This is the reason the Vatican excommunicated women priests and still have not lifted it. Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, www.arcwp.org
A Catholic priest has urged fellow clergy and members of the faithful not to take part in the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass because it is a celebration of the male-only priesthood.
He has urged the action also in solidarity with recent remarks in Rome by former president Mary McAleese.
On Holy Thursday the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper is celebrtated in Cathedrals around the world and bishops and priests also celebrate the beginnings of priesthood.
Last week, in a keynote address at a Voices of Faith conference in Rome to mark International Women’s Day, Mary McAleese described Vatican opposition to women priests as “misogynist codology dressed up as theology” and criticised “the patronising platitudes that women have heard from a succession of popes and cardinals”.
The Catholic Church, she said, “has long since been a primary global carrier of the virus of misogyny,” adding that “it has never sought a cure though a cure is freely available. Its name is ‘equality.”
What the former president said in Rome about misogyny in the Church “was totally on the button,” Fr Hegarty said.
“Misogyny is very strong in the Church, despite all the PR words involved. Mary McAleese is utterly right,” he said.
He emphasised however that he was not calling for a boycott of Chrism Masses on Holy Thursday. “There’s something intimidatory about that word ‘boycott’,” he said.