Olga Lucia Álvarez Benjumea ARCWP*
This is a question I have been asking myself. When I was studying in a Catholic school, I remember that in religion classes what they taught us was "One Hundred Lessons of Sacred History".
And the Gospel? Humm
I was fortunate to attend the classes of Fr. Carlos Bravo sj. (r.i.p.d.) in the Ecclesiastical Faculties of the Jesuits, -Bogotá- to whom I owe much of my spiritual formation.
Carlos' classes have left an open world for me to continue investigating, to grow in my formation and above all in the search for the Divinity and most important thing, to learn to share, from my ministry to make known the Tenderness, care, and love with which the Divinity protects us.
With him, I learned the true value of my Baptism! "I am God's daughter, created in his image and likeness" (Genesis 1:26).
With much pain and sadness, I later found a decree that ignores the text of Genesis, known as the Gratian Decree (jurist) of the year 1140 that says: "Women are not the image of God" and must go with their heads covered when they are in front of a man. This Decree influences and transcends the Canons of the Roman Catholic Church, at present, until today, such as Canon 1024 which says: "Only the baptized male receives the sacred ordination validly".
Both the Gratian Decree and Canon 1024 are the fundamental bases for the Roman Catholic Church to deny women the right to announce the Good News through the presbyterial ministry. Message delivered to us: Matthew 28:5-10
We, Roman Catholic Presbyterian Women, reject, protest, and request that these norms, which seek to marginalize and marginalize us, be abolished, discarded, and annulled.
We, Roman Catholic women priests, do not pretend to imitate the men, in their clothing, in their celebrations, or in building temples, which today we see closed.
Our priestly ministry is different, it is a service in Community, announcing the Good News with the participation of women, men, the elderly, and children. The Good News is not exclusive to men.
We thank the Bishop of Rome for his kind and delicate words of a gentleman towards us women. We are not asking him to give us jobs in offices. It is urgent to announce the Good News, realizing the miracle of the Eucharist: "I have come to bring life, and that they may have it more abundantly" John 10:10. These are strong words inviting us to be human.
We want more Gospel and fewer rules, sanctions, inhuman disciplines, scorn, and marginalization. We want a Gospel of justice, peace, tenderness, welcome, and protection, not to seek fame and be overbearing.
Women, the time has come to announce the Good News, let us unite, let us close ranks, and let us fight until the announcement of the Good News is today and always.
*Roman Catholic Presbyterian
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