On Dec. 8, 2021, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Revised Code of Canon Law 1379, which places the ordination of a woman and the sexual abuse of a child in the same grave crime category, goes into effect.
It is ironic that the Vatican hierarchy chose this feast day of Mary for this misogynist law to become official.
As we reflect on toxic misogyny in the updated Canon 1379, and the edicts that preceded it, one can conclude that Vatican officials are making every effort to stop our movement. Perhaps they realize that change is already here. The Holy Spirit and legions of Roman Catholics are calling women to the priesthood and embracing inclusivity and equality now. There is no stopping the spring . Women priests are here to stay! (ARCWP Statement in Response to Canon 1379) https://arcwp.org/there-is-no-stopping-the-spring-women-priests-are-here-to-stay/
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Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
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A Deeper Understanding of the Immaculate Conception as Original Blessing for All Creation
Contemporary theologians, like Matthew Fox and many others, have written extensively about the need to replace fall/redemption theology with an understanding of all creation as original blessing. From the first moment of existence, all beings are reflections of the Creator on earth.
Like Mary, each of us comes into this life as an original blessing, and this feast is a reminder that of the divine presence that is within us, around us, and with us, in the midst of our sufferings and struggles to do good, and overcome wrong.
So today, let's celebrate, Mary, our companion on the journey, who reminds us that we are beloved images of the Holy One, called to be part of the world's healing each day.