Friday, June 1, 2018

Women's Ordination Conference Responds to CDF, Catholic Women Called Video with Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP

Catholic Women Called: Bridget Mary Meehan

This week, the prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Luis Ladaria, suggested that the movement for women's ordination creates "serious confusion" among the Catholic faithful. To this we say...  

There is no confusion that God continues to call women to renewed priesthood. 

There is no confusion that the hierarchy is struggling to hold an increasingly untenable position that is against the will of the People of God. 

There is no confusion that living out God's realm on earth means full equality and dignity for all people.

In this week's Catholic Women Called video, Bridget Mary Meehan, a bishop with the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, reminds us that we are already making what some have called "impossible," possible. 

The bravery of the women of Catholic Women Called directly contradicts Archbishop Ladaria's assertion that the ban on women's ordination is doctrine definitively held. Catholic women hear and respond to God's call, no matter the cost. This, we know, is crystal clear. 

The only "serious confusion" among the faithful is just how long the Vatican will continue to parade indefensible arguments that attempt to limit the reaches of God's call.
For Equality,

Kate McElwee
Executive Director 

P.S. We are still seeking submissions for Catholic Women Called. Fill out this form to receive more information on how to participate. Please share your story!
WOC Responds to Archbishop Ladaria

"Matters of doctrine must be created and accepted with the consultation of the sensus fidelium, the sense of the faithful, as a body of people who through their baptism and the movement of the Spirit can identify what is true to the heart of the Gospel. The continued presence of a strong movement clamoring for the ordination of women shows that Ordinatio Sacerdotalis is far from definitively held as doctrine by the faithful of the Church."
Reinterpreting Religion: art exhibition in Chicago

Reinterpreting Religion is a group exhibition featuring seven artists from the U.S., the U.K., and Italy, including Giulia Bianchi, whose work was featured in WOW's Jubilee for Women Priests poster project throughout the streets of Rome.

The exhibition at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago opens June 1 and runs through July 29th.  "Reinterpreting Religion" artists employ photography, installation, painting, sculpture, and video to highlight the ways feminism, religion, and perspectives shaped by life experiences coalesce to cultivate individualized systems of belief that move away from stringent guidelines outlined by the conservative structures of worship. 

Find out more about the exhibition here. Or let us know if you'd like to be part of a Chicago WOC outing to the gallery! 

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