|The Passion of Mary of Magdala
Stephanie Molloy, Special to The
Review, July 15, 2021
Sometime ago I wrote about Mary of Magdala for a course I was
taking. It’s very interesting to read something
that you put your heart and soul and mind into so many years before.
|This also took me to
a little village in Spain called Azpeitia where
there is a chapel dedicated to Mary of Magdala and where Ignatius of
Loyola would meet with people and teach. Being at that chapel on
July 22nd is an experience I’ll never forget.
Rereading that paper spoke to me of passion – the passion that I felt
getting to know Mary of Magdala. But what I want to highlight is
In a significant Gospel account about her she’s gone to the tomb, is
weeping, disconsolate. Not only has she suffered a horrendous loss with
his death, but now Jesus’ body is missing. It must have been
gut-wrenching. And then to confuse the issue she sees what maybe seemed
like a mirage, two angels. Then the encounter.
Canada Bishop's Message
Reports provide grounding in history, social, cultural and political background to residential schools
is a plethora of news reporting and social media commentary on the
burial sites at residential schools that have shocked our country and
the world. In some instances the choice of words in reports are
dramatic and even exaggerated. This can add to the trauma that
people feel, which already is a burden heavy to bear.
In our efforts to take in the gravity of what happened, it is helpful
to have a substantial grounding in the history of the schools such as
that provided to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as well as social, cultural, and political background.
In his report, Dr. Scott Hamilton from the Department of Anthropology
at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario addressed the question
of deceased children living in residential schools and buried on school
lands. His report, Where are the Children buried? can be found here.
the report, Dr. Hamilton explains factors that make it difficult to
find answers to what exactly happened to the children: some Indigenous
residential schools were rebuilt in various locations under the same
name, physical evidence was difficult to find since the story extended
over a century in many cases, and archival documentation was not always
available. Using the documents that did survive, his report offers
explanations based on his professional expertise as an anthropologist
about the approximately 100 years of operation of 150 Indian
residential schools in Canada. The search indicates that at least 3,213
children were reported to have died in these residential schools.
Factors addressed in the report include Aboriginal Mortality, the
Residential Schools, and the Burial Policy of the Department of Indian
report is 44 pages, but I find it worth taking time to read. It
is well researched and documented offering a comprehensive view of what
is known beyond what is available to us in the press and social
media. I find that having a substantive source of information as
a grounding is helpful to me as a container to hold the pain of our
Indigenous relatives, listening deeply to their truth with great
tenderness and compassion in this time of immense suffering.
urge a “hermeneutic of suspicion” when reading the latest news report
or social media comment. Before contributing to the conversation
it is wise to do a “fact check” so as not to get drawn into the echo
chamber of disingenuous and untruthful information.
Kryzanowski, Regina, SK
is bishop for RCWP Canada]
What an inspiring issue!
I could not stop reading. To mention a few items of note, I was
especially touched by the NCR interview which featured Archbishop Don
Bolen, who for a long time I have believed is a prophet and a visionary
in the Roman Catholic Church and just a good person all around. Too few
like him, unfortunately. I also really enjoyed Lori's book review, and
have added the book to my list for summer reading. And as I read Bishop
Jane's message, I was reminded once again how grateful I am for the
solid leadership of our RCWP priests and for the work they do for us.
We are truly blessed. Thank you again for this current issue of The Review.
far, the Canadian Bishops have expressed sorrow for the mistreatment of
Aboriginal children at Residential Schools run by the RC Church. That
is simply not good enough! For the church to have any chance of
recovery from this scandal of atrocities, it is vital that the bishops
immediately vow to reveal all records they, or any religious orders
involved in those schools have. To withhold any records they have
approaches criminal obstruction. If any records held by the church have
been lost, or destroyed, they must be clearly named and reparations as
far as possible be made in every case. To claim privacy requirements in
any of those matters is simply not acceptable.
I am hoping against hope that I may get a response from either the
CCCB, or the Calgary Diocese.
Swain, St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Community, Calgary, AB]
bishops propose new fundraising appeal for the support of residential
school survivors and their families and communities
Bishops' letter, archregina.sk.ca
| July 3, 2021
Excerpt from bishops' letter:
We are deeply grateful for the signs and indications of commitment we
have been hearing, and have begun consultations this past week towards
a province-wide fundraising effort, which we would each undertake in
ways discerned in our respective dioceses. To maximize the
effectiveness of such an effort, it is important to plan well and to
coordinate the efforts of various potential participants, and most
importantly, to consult with Indigenous dialogue partners, including
Survivors, Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Chiefs. Those conversations
are already underway and we hope to be able to announce a plan soon.
There is No Stopping
the Spring: Women Priests Are Here to Stay
Bridget Mary Meehan,
| June 29, 2021
Francis missed an opportunity to take a first step toward the inclusion
of women in ordained ministry in the newly revised Canon 1379 of the
Code of Canon Law released on June 1, 2021. This canonical penalty is a
shocking example of the abuse of patriarchal power, because it equates
the ordination of faith-filled women with the clergy sexual abuse of
children. Both are labeled grave crimes that incur excommunication. It
is contradictory that, on one hand, Pope Francis set up a commission to
study the diaconate for women on April 8, 2020, and one year later
promulgated Canon 1379 which continues the denigration of women called
to Sacred Orders.
newly revised law should have removed all punishments against Roman
Catholic women priests who have been serving the people of God in
ecclesial communities and justice ministries around the world for the
past 19 years. We are leading the Church toward a path of partnership
in ministry that challenges the clerical abuse of power, a major factor
in the horrific rape of thousands of children worldwide.
to Canon Law Fail to Correct the “Crime” of Women’s Ordination
July 22, 2021
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means to be a woman apostle in the 1st century & now
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once again celebrate the Feast of Saint Mary of Magdala on Zoom.
Please join us for
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of Magdala Inclusive Catholic Community, Regina, SK -- Activities
Jane Kryzanowski, Special to The Review | July 15,
the time Mary of Magdala Inclusive Catholic Community was formed,
Indigenous justice has been an important part of our mission. Emphasis
has been on listening and learning and on building relationships with
Indigenous people by tapping into programs being offered in Regina and
area through First Nations University, the University of Regina,
KAIROS-Regina Chapter, Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Relations Circle of
the Archdiocese of Regina, and Regina Multi-Faith Forum. We also
write letters and financially support local agencies. Throughout the
Covid-19 period of isolation and limited in-person opportunities,
initiatives have moved to an on-line format. They have not been
following is offered by way of example and is not intended to be an
indication of all that we are involved with. Individual community
members are encouraged and supported to participate in a variety of
opportunities as they are able.
Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community, Vancouver, BC --
Activities Promoting Indigenous Justice
Vikki Marie, Special to The Review | July 15 2021
In response to the
call for information on how we are implementing the Calls to Action I
offer the following.
Vancouver Catholic Worker, the parent community out of which the Our
Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community Society (OLGT) was born, has been
involved with supporting Indigenous rights since its founding in
1998. We put our sense of reconciliation and relationship in the
name of our Community. Our Lady of Guadalupe and Tonantzin both
originate in Mexico. Our name is a marriage between the sacred mother
figure of Christianity and the sacred mother figure of an Indigenous
group, the Aztecs.
Saint Brigid of
Kildare Catholic Community, Calgary, AB -- Activities Promoting
Kilburn-Smith, Special to The Review
| July 15, 2021
Brigid of Kildare Catholic Community newsletter often features various
articles about Indigenous issues. This is something we do regularly -
include articles from all over, many sources, regarding Indigenous (and
other social justice) issues.
include, as others among us do, a land acknowledgement at the beginning
of our Mass and group gatherings, and are in the process of choosing
which version of this we will put on our newsletter and website.
community members are also involved in creating and manifesting special
services, events, attendance at civic events, etc to do with social
justice. Eg. Liturgies with Indigenous prayers (and drumming), inviting
local Indigenous leaders to participate in one liturgy in particular a
couple of years ago,
Personal responses on how Calls to Action of the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission are being implemented
Members of RCWP Canada responded in a variety of ways on how they are
personally responding to the Calls to Action of the Truth and
Ballentyne on Facebook during her Walk of Sorrow, Prince Albert to
A social media
campaign was launched on June 29th to raise awareness of the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. Receive one Call
to Action per day via email.
More and Join the Campaign
Women's and Men's Catholic religious communities appeal to Canadian
Conference of Catholic Bishops to do more regarding justice for
Ministry, marywardcentre.ca |
June 28, 2021
There is a new
collective consciousness about the nature of the colonialism, racism,
and abuse of the
residential school system. This awareness demands a renewed, collective response
from our church that builds on the work each of us has done with our own
Letter to Canadian bishops
Reflections on the
by Susan Roll
Reflection for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time B, August 1 2021
Exodus 16: 2-4, 12-15; Psalm 78; Ephesians 4: 17, 20-24; John 6: 24-35
It‘s hard to think of anyone who actually likes to be told what to do. Do you know of anyone? Probably not.
Little children certainly don’t like it, and will pull a screaming
temper tantrum when their frustration goes out of control. Teenagers,
well, it goes without saying. I’m thinking of a friend, a mother of
five, who was interviewed for a job and was asked if she could deal
with oppositional behaviour. She exclaimed, “Are you kidding? I’m the
mother of five teenagers!”
And it can happen that older people don’t either. I’m smiling thinking
of a now-deceased German woman from my parish, who was expelled from a
nursing home. The frustrated staff told her daughter, “She won’t
cooperate. All she says is ‘Nein, nein, nein!’”
(God help me, there’s a part of me that wants to go into old age just that feisty ;-)
We find both in our readings for this Sunday – stiff-necked
oppositional resistance on the one hand and a cautiously cooperative
“What do you want us to do?” on the other.
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