says Women Can’t Image Christ?
Jane Kryzanowski, Special to The Review | March 1,
Ida Raming, 55 Years of Struggle for
Women’s Ordination in the Catholic Church. 2020 English
Translation: James A. Turner
LIT VERLAG GmbH
& Co. KG Wien, Zweigniederlassung Zurich. 128 pp. $33.68 US.
this accounting of her personal experience over fifty-five years, Ida
Raming provides an insider’s view of the struggle for women’s
ordination in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a succinct
chronological account of the struggle for gender justice in the
church she deeply loves. This alone is enough to recommend it.
the moving testimony by St. Theresa of Lisieux (1873-1897) of her
call to priesthood, the author exposes the deep sense of call felt by
many women. She traces the arduous journey of women to be recognized
as equal members of the Roman Catholic Church, including recognition
of the Divine and community calls to priestly ministry. The reader
is led through the development of the women’s ordination movement
from the time of the Second Vatican Council up to the present.
Second Vatican Council (1962-65) was a catalyst for the voice of
women to be raised in a public forum and be heard, though by proxy,
in the Council halls. Being among the women working in the
background, the author outlines the role they played in getting the
topic of women to be raised at all. They were dismayed at the tepid
response by the Council Fathers and the resistance they faced.
however, a nerve was touched.
Canada Bishop's Message
Commission on the Status of Women
is International Women’s Month. In announcing its theme for
International Women’s Day, March 8, “Women in leadership: Achieving an
equal future in a COVID-19 world” the United Nations recognizes and
celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world
in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UN Commission on the Status of Women
continues its work to promote “Women's full and effective
participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the
elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the
empowerment of all women and girls.” Unfortunately the Vatican or
Holy See, which has an immense position of power at the UN continues to
be a hindrance in achieving UN objectives concerning women. The
Holy See is not a member state but uses its Permanent Observer status
to wield undue influence. As an example, it has refused to sign the Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women,
the fundamental “women’s treaty” in the UN. The sexual abuse
scandal that has rocked the church around the world gives little
credence to any moral authority the Vatican presumes to have,
particularly at the Commission on the Status of Women.
2019 the Women’s Ordination Conference
was granted consultative status to the UN Economic and Social Council
(ECOSOC). From this position WOC has a platform to influence
decision-makers at the highest levels by delivering statements,
participating in negotiations and meetings, and holding side events at
the UN, such as at the Commission on the Status of Women
meetings. Catholic women are an essential voice at the table to
challenge the ingrained complexity of patriarchy and the misogynistic
and sexist views that do nothing to enhance the status of women.
The sixty-fifth session of the UN
Commission on the Status of Women will
take place from 15 to 26 March 2021. In addition to the main session,
side events and parallel sessions will take place to give voice to the
perspectives of women and girls in all of their diversity so that they
can be heard at all stages of pandemic response and recovery. I
am honoured to have been invited by the Baptist World Alliance Women
to participate in a session exploring new visions for women
leaders in faith communities in our COVID-19 – post-COVID-19
You are welcome to participate in this event as an observer. The
session is called "Beyond Stereotypes: Women as Full Participants as
Leaders in Faith Communities". In order to do so you must
register soon with NGO CSW 65. On the date and time of the
session, you are required to access the session through your
Full information on
registering for a free account
and descriptions of
Kryzanowski, Regina, SK
is bishop for RCWP Canada]
really like the Google statistics. Seems to me in terms of the
pace of the Catholic Church on many changes, there is indeed some
progress being made toward Woman Priests. Thanks for the
documentation you provide on this subject and others.
Jackson, Edinburg, TX]
the first time I, a senior, decided to check out the youth page. What a
delight! Really enjoyed reading the articles and watching the videos,
and gaining a wee bit of insight into the "emerging adult" mind and
heart. This will become part of my regular reading of The Review. Good
Cameron, Regina, SK]
women pursue pro-life values at the border
Pauline Hovey, ncronline.org | February 18, 2021
most young adults look to the entertainment industry for models to
emulate, 23-year-old Elyse McMahon turns to a more idyllic model: the
from 16 years of Catholic education, she calls the
her "guiding principles to live by." They form her decisions and led
her to El Paso, Texas, where she's serving as a legal assistant for Las
Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center during a yearlong internship with
the Loretto Volunteer Program.
Francis beatifies suffragette and visits holocaust survivor
Elise Allen, thetablet.org | February 22, 2021
Days after Pope
Francis appointed two women to major Vatican posts, he continued his
female outreach by announcing the beatification of an Italian
suffragette and by visiting an elderly Holocaust survivor.
On Wednesday, March
10th at 2:00PM (EST) / 1:00PM (CST), please join us for a free webinar
titled: Opening Up Chaplaincy Notes: “Best” Practices and
here to register
healing was the key to pursuing ministry in my senior years
Victoria Marie, racebaitr.com | February 18, 2021
the late 1940s and early 50s, downtown Brooklyn, New York was a diverse
place. Puerto Ricans, African Americans, Portuguese and Irish Americans
called our neighbourhood, now known as Cobble Hill, home. All the
families interacted like the proverbial village, looking out for one
another. These families were my first introduction into the importance
of self healing.
Baptist grandmother from North Carolina and my Muslim step-grandfather
from Borneo in Indonesia raised me. It wasn’t until I began school that
the violence of racism and religious intolerance entered my world.
I spent the day in silence wrestling with old wounds. In doing so, I
found a way to write them to you by honoring my self healing path and
also cleanse my heart of some of the anger that I’ve been holding in
for so many years. Here’s my story:
Reverend Dr. Victoria Marie was born (1945) and raised in Brooklyn, NY
and has resided in Canada since 1965. She is currently pastor of
Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community in Vancouver, BC Canada and a
member of RCWP Canada. Victoria is author of Transforming
Addiction: the role of spirituality in learning recovery from addictions,
Saarbrücken: Scholar’s Press (2014)]
Women's Day - March 8, 2021
A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.
So let's all choose
How will you help
forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women's
achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.
Women's Day is celebrated annually on March 8, yet the global campaign
theme continues all year long to encourage action. The International
Women's Day website is the go-to hub for everything IWD and
provides detailed information, guidance and free resources.
There are many
relationship opportunities and project collaborations available.
Support the UN
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
MCC Ottawa Office, mcccanada.ca | 2021
people of faith, Mennonite Central Committee is committed to addressing
the legacy of harm done to Indigenous Peoples by churches and
governments, and to forging right relationships. MCC’s advocacy efforts
arise out of our program work – more specifically, from the call of
partners that we work with in Canada and around the world.
December 3, the federal government introduced Bill C-15, An Act
respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples. Since that point, MCC staff have engaged in a consultation and
learning process with partner and friend organizations around the
content of C-15. MCC recognizes the complexity of advocacy around
Bill C-15 and respects the multiplicity of voices speaking into this
proposed legislation. We take seriously our commitment to the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, as well as our
relationships across Canada.
Information on the UN Declaration
for understanding the complexities of C-15
passes amended version of assisted dying bill after days of debate -- Liberal government seeking
to have MAID bill passed by February 26th
Joan Bryden, cbc.ca |
February 17, 2021
Senators overwhelmingly approved Wednesday a bill to expand access to
medical assistance in dying — with amendments that would relax access
even more than the government has proposed.
A revised version of Bill C-7 was passed in the Senate by a vote of
66-19, with three abstentions.
The bill is intended to extend eligibility for assisted dying to people
whose natural deaths are not reasonably foreseeable, in compliance with
a 2019 Quebec Superior Court ruling.
Can and Must do Much Better – Religious Leaders in Canada denounce Bill
C-7, “An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying)”
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, cccb.ca | October 14 2020
More than 50 religious leaders from across Canada released an open
letter to all Canadians in opposition to Bill C-7 An Act to amend the
Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying).
This ecumenical and interfaith message is a response by religious
leaders to the legislation introduced by the federal government on 5
October 2020 which seeks to expand the eligibility criteria for
euthanasia and assisted suicide (euphemistically called “medical
assistance in dying”) by removing the “reasonable foreseeability of
natural death” criterion currently in the Criminal Code, and by
loosening some of the existing “safeguards” allowing patients whose
death is “reasonably foreseeable” to waive final consent to receiving
euthanasia by making an advance directive.
2021 LA Religious
RCWP Canada Youth page
Reflections on the
by Susan Roll
Reflection for the
Second Sunday of Lent B February 28, 2021
1-2,9a,10-13,15-18; Psalm 116; Romans 8: 31b-34; Mark 9: 2-10.*
Oh my. Where to even
Let’s take Genesis 22
and begin by saying, What kind of a God demands sacrifice?
And more to the point,
just what kind of a God demands that a father commit pre-meditated
murder on a child, his own child, thinking that he is obeying a
divine command? What kind of a father lies to his child to induce
him to come along willingly on a journey, far from home, then goes
through the motions of building an altar to sacrifice an animal --
and then suddenly betrays the child?
Take a moment to imagine
that you are young Isaac. What happens in that terrifying moment
when you realize that the father you love and trust is about to slash
you to death and burn your body on a rock? What do you feel when he
takes the knife? When he lays hold of the trapped ram and kills it
instead of you? How do you feel returning home with your father? Do
you trust him, that night, the next week, the next year? Do you have
nightmares the rest of your life?
Now take a moment to
imagine you are Sarah, who saw her husband and son off when they went
away together to perform a religious ritual. Is the horror of
discovering what happened even fathomable? Do you ever trust this
man again? Do you even have a choice?
Ironically, this story is
a cornerstone of both Jewish and Christian discourse urging complete
faith in God. The readings used on the Sundays of Lent in Year B
bring out different aspects of the covenant, the “holy agreement”
as a colleague of mine calls it, between God and God’s chosen
people. A covenant built on trust.
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