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On behalf of all men in the Church: Sorry, women, for how we’ve mistreated you. Here’s how we plan to change

Cameron Doody, novenanews.com | March 12, 2020

“Femaphobia,” or a fear of females, seems to flow from a perceived threat harbored by some men in that they feel or seem to feel that their status within a community or a church is built largely upon rendering females as being of lesser importance, with the omnipresent claim that the female, by virtue of her supposedly more limited abilities and talents, must be contained within a diminished set of roles.

Although the twelve step program was originally designed decades ago to aid those addicted to alcohol, the author herein contends that an appreciation for substance addiction has long since come to include what has come to be known as “process addiction.”

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  • Coronavirus Tracker: New ways of being church
  • On behalf of all men in the Church: Sorry, women, for how we’ve mistreated you. Here’s how we plan to change
  • Roman Catholic Women Bishops respond to Querida Amazonia
  • Timeline of Catholic Women’s Ordination in the Context of Work by Women’s Ordination Worldwide
  • New German Bishops’ chair says place of women “most urgent question” for Church
  • World Day of Prayer for Women's Ordination
  • Featured homily source
  • Comments to the Editor
  • RCWP Canada Bishop's Message:   Holy Chaos -- Live with the compassion of Jesus
  • Marguerite Porete, though she wrote around 700 years ago, has a completely different way of looking at the nuptial metaphor
  • General absolution allowed during coronavirus contagion
  • RCWP Canada Youth
  • Rotterdam's Philharmonisch Orkest -- Ode to Joy to you from each of her or his own home
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 RCWP Canada Bishop's Message

Holy Chaos -- Live with the compassion of Jesus

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How quickly our world has changed!  In the past two weeks the the COVID -19 virus has invaded North America.  Before that is was a problem “over there” – in China, on cruise ships, then Italy and Europe.  It has come to embrace the world wreaking havoc in many ways.  The rapid spread of the virus and the death toll among the elderly and those with underlying conditions are cause for great concern.  However, this need not paralyze us.
As people of faith we are challenged with the question of how do we respond to this new reality and live with the compassion of Jesus?  We have a place in this beautiful image of Jesus wrapping the world in a blanket made of flags from countries around the world.
Discipleship calls us to be the hands and feet of Christ, even – especially - in places we may not want to go.  Careful observation and prudent judgement are the foundation for responsible action.  Remember the maxim: see, judge, act. In this light, we can reach out in the name of Christ without undue fear, knowing that is the Jesus way.  This allows us to accept our vulnerability in order to meet the needs of others.  We can take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones but still reach out in love to others in need. We can live in faith, not fear. 

We are coming into Holy Week and the solemn commemoration of the climax of our faith – the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, the Christ.  Our experience this year will be different.  Churches are closed and family gatherings limited.  The COVID-19 virus has the grace to bring us into an awareness that in the “holy chaos” of life we are called to embrace our own suffering and that of others. The Cross of Christ reveals the Heart of God in solidarity with all of creation that suffers.  It is the icon of the transformational power of unbounded love in which we share by our daily self-giving and surrender to the God of Everlasting Life.  There is nothing – nothing - that can keep us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39).

In solidarity and with blessing,

+ Jane

[Jane Kryzanowski, Regina, SK is bishop for RCWP Canada]

Marguerite Porete, though she wrote around 700 years ago, has a completely different way of looking at the nuptial metaphor

Sarah Fariash, womensordination.org | March 7, 2020

Marguerite Porete, 14th-century heretic and author of The Mirror of Simple Souls, lived a rather enigmatic life. Little is known about her except that she wrote a work that is dizzying in its refusal to abide by dualistic ways of knowing and that she was burned at the stake for it.

She refused to speak at her trials, neither defending nor recanting a work that in many ways prefigured the then considered orthodox work of St. John of the Cross two centuries later.

So what has a medieval heretic to say to modern day women fighting for equality in the Church? I think quite a lot.

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General absolution allowed during coronavirus contagion

Joshua J. McElwee,  ncronline.org | March 20, 2020

Addressing the difficulty Catholic priests globally are having in hearing confessions of individual persons affected by the highly contagious coronavirus, the Vatican made clear March 20th that it is acceptable for bishops to offer general absolution to groups of people as deemed necessary.

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Roman Catholic Women Bishops respond to Querida Amazonia

Recently, Pope Francis issued his Apostolic Exhortation, Querida Amazonia.  This document accompanied the final report on the Synod on the Amazonian Region, thereby endorsing the report and, in effect, making it a part of the magisterium.  Both documents speak eloquently about concern for the environment and the people of the Amazon Region.
Pope Francis sets forth his dreams in four areas: social, cultural, ecological and ecclesial.  The dream for the church is: “Christian communities capable of generous commitment, incarnate in the region, and giving the Church new faces with Amazonian features.” (7) 

His vision is for the church to journey alongside the people and growing in a culture of encounter.  The people have a right to hear the Gospel and the church should not become just another NGO.  By the presence of her ministers and their service, the church will foster “a holiness born of encounter and engagement, contemplation and service, receptive solitude and life in community, and the struggle for justice.” (77)
What is of concern to us bishops is that while the Pope acknowledges the great work that women do in the Church to achieve this vision, his statement reinforces the tradition of the Church's designation of a “special” place for women, which suggests their role is in some way exceptional and set apart from or above and beyond the human norm. Yet, while women play such an important role, they are deemed inadequate to serve as priests or deacons to meet the “pressing need to provide the sacraments of the church to accompany God’s children, to heal and strengthen them." (84)  The Church, which is to be a Mother called to show the people God’s mercy through the sacraments, denies that the maternal face of God can be shown through the sacramental ministry of such dedicated women.

Reinforcing the theology of Pope John Paul II, Pope Francis assigns a complementary role to women when he writes, “God has shown God’s power and love through two human faces: Christ and Mary.” (101) By putting them side by side, he is suggesting that men are similar to the former (Christ) and, therefore, can be ordained, while women are similar to the latter (Mary), and, therefore, cannot be ordained. This takes away from the teaching that both woman and man are created in the image of God and thus both are, can and should be acting in persona Christi.  

Fundamental to the Christian faith is the conviction that Christ adopted human nature inclusively, thus every human being, male and female, can be saved and is indeed divinized in Christ.  Women and men are baptized into Christ is the same way to share in Christ’s own priestly, prophetic and servant ministry. The Letter to the Galatians 3:28 states clearly that in Christ there is no distinction – “neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, slave nor free, for we are all one in Christ.”

Unfortunately, throughout the history of the church, men with power and authority have defined women as deficient to represent Christ because they do not possess the male physiology of Jesus.  This is the thesis of the Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacrdotalis (1994) which has been shown to contain many theological and historical mistakes. Failure to use historic critical exegesis of the Bible perpetuates such errors and dismisses the findings of the Pontifical Biblical Commission (1976) that there is no scriptural basis for exclusion of women from ordination.

Roman Catholic Women Priests are called by God to live the fullness of their Baptism as priests and are ordained according to the Rite of the Roman Catholic Church.  We no longer abide by the unjust laws of the institution that denies the equality of women and men baptized in Christ.  By our prophetic witness the ever renewing and reenergizing Spirit of God gives voice to women in order to bring the light of truth regarding their role in the church from the earliest days and to create ways to enrich the mission and ministry of the Church. Thus, we hope to meet “the pressing need to provide the sacraments of the church to accompany God’s children, to heal and strengthen them." (84)  Only with equality and justice for women in the church throughout the world can the dream Pope Francis has for the church be realized: “Christian communities capable of generous commitment, incarnate in the region, and giving the Church new faces with [local cultural] features.” (7)

The International Bishops of Roman Catholic Women Priests:
+Jane Kryzanowski, Bishop, RCWP Canada – Regina, Saskatchewan
+Jean Marie Marchant, Bishop, RCWP–USA Eastern Region – Framingham, Massachusetts
+Nancy L. Meyer, Bishop, RCWP-USA Midwest Region – Brownsburg, Indiana
+Suzanne Thiel, Bishop, RCWP-USA Western Region – Portland, Oregon
+Jane Via, Bishop, RCWP-USA Western Region - San Diego, California
+Patricia Fresen, Bishop, RCWP South Africa –Johannesburg
+Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, Bishop, RCWP Europe - Pettenbach, Austria
+Ida Raming, Bishop, RCWP Europe—Stuttgart, Germany
+Marie Evans Bouclin, Bishop Emerita, RCWP Canada – Sudbury, Ontario
+Merlene Olivia Doko, Bishop Emerita, RCWP-USA Western Region - Pismo Beach, California
+Andrea M. Johnson, Bishop Emerita, RCWP-USA Eastern Region – Annapolis, Maryland
+Joan M. Houk, Bishop retired, RCWP-USA Great Waters Region – South Bend, Indiana

March 16, 2020
Contact:  +Jane Kryzanowski – photina61@gmail.com

Timeline of Catholic Women’s Ordination in the Context of Work by Women’s Ordination Worldwide

Timeline 3
  • 1347 - 1380:  St. Catherine of Siena discerns a call to priesthood.  This is clear from passages of her biography written by  her spiritiual director, Raymond of Capua  (The Life of St Catherine of Siena). Catherine is one of the first two women proclaimed as Doctors of the Church.  She and Teresa of Avila were elevated to this honour by Pope Paul VI on October 4, 1970.

    1779 - 1865: Saint Magdalena Sofia Barat - founder of the Nuns of the Sacred Heart shares with her nephew, ‘I envy you because you men can become priests.’ She expresses her calling to priesthood.

    1825 - 1887: French Sister Caroline Clement:  her writings declare her calling to priesthood.

    1880 - 1906 - Spanish mystic Sister Isabelle of Trinidad writes of her calling to priesthood.

    1889 - 1943 - Mother Ignacia Nazaria,  foundress of Missionaries of the Papal Crusade, discerns a calling to priesthood.  She wants to  be a Jesuit Missionary.

    1896:  St. Therese of Lisieux, later recognised as third of now four women doctors of the Catholic Church writes in her diary about her struggles to manage her calling to priesthood that she knows will not be received by the Church.

    1911: St. Joan's International Alliance, the first Catholic group to work for women’s ordination, is founded in 1911.

[This is the second excerpt of a timeline we hope to serialize here.  For the full timeline, see the Women's Ordination Worldwide website.]

New German Bishops’ chair says place of women “most urgent question” for Church

Mada Jurado, novenanews.com | March 6, 2020

The new German Bishops’ chair has said the place of women in the Church is the “most urgent question” for the future of the institution.

Key points of the article:
– “We can’t wait any longer for women to have equal rights”
– “Complete and utter” support for ‘synodal path’ reforms
– Yet to win over abuse survivors, despite higher compensations

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       Comments to the Editor

Your readers may be interested in two recent posts to my blog, "What am I doing here?" about my experiences and reflections about being a member of a Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Edmonton. I have been reflecting on whether St Paul is a friend or enemy of women, especially in light of 1 Cor and Galatians. https://www.myrnakostash.com/blog/

Also the Orthodox Church has a hymn (troparion) dedicated to St Patrick - we do remember the undivided Church - commemorated March 30 (Old Calendar).
Holy Bishop Patrick,
Faithful shepherd of Christ's royal flock,
You filled Ireland with the radiance of the Gospel:
The mighty strength of the Trinity!
Now that you stand before the Savior,
Pray that He may preserve us in faith and love!

[Myrna Kostash, Edmonton, AB]

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by Pat Marrin March 24, 2020
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