Saturday, April 20, 2024

Pope, Council of Cardinals continue discussion of women in the church, National Catholic Reporter

Time to include Roman Catholic Women Priests in discussion on women in ordained ministries. 

We have 20+years of experience- widening Church’s tent by providing sacraments for all not just those who obey the rules.

  Pope Francis has said that the Church has not listened enough to women, so he is conducting listening sessions with women theologians and an Anglican woman bishop. These sessions  could lead to a historic breakthrough  with more women at the table with the Council of Cardinals including Roman Catholic Women Priests. 

We have asked for a meeting with Pope Francis and the Synodal delegates to share our stories of dedicated priestly service to God’s people. Our international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement has been creating a Church for everyone for over 20 years in small ecclesial, inclusive sacramental communities with a wide array of diverse ministries. We look forward to sharing our lived experiences of a renewed priestly ministry in the community of the baptized that fosters equality, empowerment and co-responsibility. 

It is time for us to be included at the table!

Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP,

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community, Sarasota,Florida  discussion  in the church

Women, including an Anglican bishop, were invited to their meeting on April 15 and 16

Assembly of people gathered around conference table

Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals continue their discussion of women's role in the church at the Vatican Feb. 5, 2024. Pictured, clockwise from the left, are: Cardinals Gérald C. Lacroix of Québec; Juan José Omella Omella of Barcelona; Seán P. O'Malley of Boston; Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa, Congo; and Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state. Continuing, to the right of the pope are: Bishop Marco Mellino, council secretary; and Cardinals Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India; Sérgio da Rocha of São Salvador da Bahia, Brazil; Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, president of the commission governing Vatican City State; and Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg. Bishop Jo Bailey Wells, deputy secretary-general of the Anglican Communion, left, Salesian Sister Linda Pocher and Giuliva Di Berardino, a consecrated virgin from the Diocese of Verona, Italy, are the women who addressed the group. (CNS/Vatican Media)

Friday, April 19, 2024

Vocations Sunday- pray for women called to ordained ministry

From Women’s Ordination 

 What is Vocations Sunday? Held the fourth Sunday of Easter on Good Shepherd Sunday, the institutional Catholic church prays for an increase in vocations, particularly to the priesthood. Hmmm. We know that women called to priesthood are not welcomed into their calling by the institutional church at this time. The Women’s Ordination Conference offers prayers for an increase in the recognition of the baptismal equality of women that endows them with the same capacity to be called to ordained ministry.

Same Baptism. Same Spirit. Same Calling.

Same Baptism: We believe in one baptism in Jesus Christ, in which all believers are baptized priest, prophet, and royalty.

Same Spirit: The Holy Spirit gives Her grace freely, abundantly, and fully to all people.

Same Calling: By virtue of our common baptism, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, all people have the capacity to be authentically called to ordained ministry.

This Vocations Sunday, the Women’s Ordination Conference calls the church to recognize the equal dignity and baptism of all God’s people and embrace the splendid reality that God calls people of all genders to ordained ministry.