Roman Catholic Women Priests Canada

   August 1, 2019  

Vatican 'hid art that showed female priests'

Image from Kateusz, Ally. Mary and Early Christian Women. Springer International Publishing, Kindle Edition. Used under Creative Commons licence.
Sarah MacDonald, | July 3 2019

A mosaic at the Lateran Baptistery in Rome showed Mary as a bishop until it was painted over white.

There is "overwhelming evidence" that women served as clergy in the early years of Christianity - and some of the evidence was deliberately hidden by the Vatican, according to ground-breaking neIw research.

Experts in theology and the early history of the Catholic Church heard Dr Ally Kateusz, research associate at the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research, outline the findings at a conference hosted by the International Society of Biblical Literature at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome yesterday.

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RCWP Canada Bishop's Message

We do belong to one another; we “belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.” (1 Cor 3,23)

Jean Vanier, of loving memory, often said that love isn’t the most important thing.  This may seem a bit strange because we think of Love as the be all and end all of life.  “If I have not love, I am nothing...” (1 Cor 13).  Rather, he said the most fundamental thing is a sense of belonging.  We need to know that we belong to others. Like trees and other elements of the environment are interconnected and belong – we belong. We need to feel that special sense that we belong to someone else.  In his book, Signs: Seven Words of Hope (Novalis, Toronto, 2013) he speaks about the “Sacrament of Encounter,” coming together through experiences of respect, honour, and acceptance. For him, this meant being in deep personal relationships with individuals who had physical and mental challenges, where they were respected and accepted, where they could come together and have fun together, where they could play together, and play with God, in the Sandbox of Life. 

As Vanier knew, even in the sandbox there can be times of tension and conflict. Figuring things out and getting back to the real joy of building loving relationships -- playing with God vs. playing God -- can have its challenges. Relationships that contribute to a sense of belonging and contribute to personal growth do require work and an openness to the Spirit that is at work in us.  Seeing the positive in others and accepting who they are, with all their human difficulties, reveals to them their own inner beauty.  Negotiation, compromise, self-giving, acceptance are all necessary in meaningful encounter and dialogue and are all characteristics of authentic love.  “Love is patient, love is kind... It is not self-seeking, but seeks the good of another.” (cf. 1 Cor 13,5-8, Col 3,12-17)  Allowing the heart to lead with that sense of belonging to one another, opens the way to conscious love which becomes the purifying fire that transforms eros in to Agape.  The witness of Jean Vanier and the L'Arche Communities is an inspiration for us to follow as we build communities of inclusion and mutual empowerment.  We do belong to one another; we “belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.” (1 Cor 3,23)

+ Jane

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

Can you confirm you received a copy of my book?

Also, have you seen any of the news articles regarding my paper at the Pontifical Gregorian University last Tuesday? If not, go to Google News and search my name. It’s about the three oldest artifacts that depict people at the altar of a real church—all depict women at the altar, two in parallel with men, and one women only. There are no comparable artifacts depicting only men.
Best wishes,


[Ally Kateusz, Rickmansworth, London, UK, is author of "Mary and Early Christian Women, Hidden Leadership".]

Editor's note:  See lead article above regarding Dr. Kateusz's presentation at the Gregorian University.  Also, see  Publisher's Introduction to Mary and Early Christian Women -- Hidden Leadership in the July 15th issue of The Review.

The author is sending a hardcover copy of her book for review.  This editor invites someone to take on the task.  Any offers?

Theology needs radical revisioning

Ilia Delio, | July 1, 2019

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In August 2018, the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg boldly went on a school strike to oppose climate change and inspired thousands of youth around the world to do the same. She has gone before parliaments and government officials to speak openly and passionately on behalf of a wounded and dying Earth. Her talks have evoked applause and agreement.
. . .
We are in movement, which means everything of God, including creation, human personhood, social justice, everything, must be considered from the point of movement.

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How to get mad about women's ordination

Nora Bolcon, Special to The Review | August 1, 2019

I just read the response of Pearl Gregor, New Sarepta, AB, to my comment, "Everyone needs to get mad on women deacons and the scheme of Pope Francis against the U.S. nuns."  Pearl explained that she and many others have been in a rage for decades, and she finally felt she had to leave the R.C. Church.  I truly feel for her.

This ongoing abuse of women by discrimination is stomach turning for me as well. I feel for her and understand what she had to do. I get it. I also understand that many folks on The Review have been mad for many years. However, what I keep running into are progressives who say they want change but then tell me that I can't expect it to happen right away, or I should understand optional celibacy for men “only” will have to be first, or we should not push for greater than ordained diaconate for women right now.

No other civil rights group, race or ethnicity fought for just a smattering of justice. They demanded equal and same treatment.  So why are so many so-called progressives constantly telling me to wait for anything real, and for same treatment and ordination as men?

On this very Review are articles from NCR that refuse to state we need to ordain women priests, and the so called "Voices of Faith" who refuse to ask for equal ordination or any ordination of women, as well. Where is the faith in that stand or lack of one? We need to see RCWP marching into Sunday masses all over the place in Roman Catholic Parishes, wearing their cassocks and collars, and sitting down in the congregations as a regular part of their missions weekly. Otherwise, RCWP are just like some kind of oddly named new protestant religion in the minds of regular laity of the Catholic Church.

Until all the progressive groups stop backing married men before backing the ordination of single women called to priesthood, things won't change. Only one of these issues is a human dignity issue, and only in one of these issues has as an individual been discounted from birth.

Until we are willing to make noise and demand the same ordination, and tell men to wait this time, things won't change. There also needs to be an end to all permanent diaconate ordinations. The laity need to see that ordaining women priests creates more opportunities for laity to serve during liturgy, which many wish to do.  Already there are women in Europe demanding that their bishops not start diaconate programs, and many are being heard.  We need to end these programs that have been started which consist of men, 95 percent of them, from the U.S. and Canada only.  When I asked the leader of WOC, four years ago, how many in their group of the far more than one hundred women that were seeking to become ordained deacons were actually called to priesthood instead, her answer to me was that only one woman claimed to be called to the permanent diaconate; the rest had been called to priesthood. We need to fight the right fight.

Until we picket outside various home parishes continually on Saturdays and Sundays, reminding all parishioners and priests that to treat people differently based on race or gender is a grave sin which Christ condemns, things won't change.

Many are angry, but few are willing to make a noisy stink about it. I have found we are too polite in our rage, and this equates to sitting still endlessly in the same misogynistic sin. Little or no change, of course, is more comfortable for the average Catholic and pastor, than actually changing anything real. If we allow peace without justice -- then there will remain a false peace and no justice for women in our Church.

I am ready to do what it takes. Are the following also ready: Pearl Gregor, New Sarepta, AB? Voice of the Faithful?  Association of U.S. Catholic Priests? NCR? Eve of Future Church? Are you, Voices of Faith?

Leadership in our church without priestly ordination amounts to women voting but their votes being less valuable. It also continues the belief that women are less sacred than men.

You are all willing to make a little noise, but are you willing to make the noise that matters and demand absolute equality with your brothers now, today, from this Pope, and believe in it as a real possibility? Are you willing to recruit people to make real irritation outside of your home churches, regularly, demanding women priests and bishops? Are you willing to tell your bishops you don't need or want any permanent deacons in your parishes right now, but you want lay women and men trained and allowed to do all the sacramental and other ministries permanent deacons do now?  Bishops have the authority to grant this reality in their dioceses without getting permission from the Pope.

[Nora Bolcon, Pawtucket, RI, is a frequent contributor to The Review.]

Excerpt from Book Three in the Dreams Along the Way Trilogy of Memoir, Cauldron of the Feminine: A Journey through Dreams to the Feminine

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Pearl Gregor, Special to The Review | August 1, 2019

I walk in snowflakes with Rascal leaping and rushing about in pure joy at having a companion for her walk. Last night, I went to choir. Why, I am not sure. A whole part of me wants to leave the church entirely. But why should I? I love the music, the singing; Eucharist is joy for me. Angry sadness brims at the edges throughout Mass today. I have tea with friends and bring home several books. Monday, I stay home from work, needing a day to nourish just me. I listen to a shamanic dreaming tape and gently exercise, breathe and relax.

I read Maureen Murdock’s The Heroine’s Journey: Woman’s Quest for Wholeness. I grapple with the church’s declaration that the proclamation against women’s ordination is infallible. Bullshit.

I read the Western Catholic Reporter articles of November 20 and 27. One article is entitled “A Synod Skirmish over ‘Feminine Values.’” My friend, Anita Muller, brings forward a recommendation that our church honour feminine values and express feminine images. A Skirmish? The tone of the article is utterly appalling. My heart cries out, “How long. How long, O Lord, do you ask me to deny my own daughter, my mother, my grandmother?” How long do you allow church to deny your Mother? Jesus, you were outraged at the treatment of women in your time on Earth.

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Mary and Early Christian Women: Patterns of Leadership -- NCR article on book and presentation by Ally Kateusz, including contributions of other historians photo  
Editor's note: This is an incredibly thorough review of new evidence that women's leadership in liturgies, including the Eucharist, in the early church was routine.

In addition to those of Ally Kateusz, perspectives from other leading experts on women deacons include those of Gary Macy and Phyllis Zagano.

Read NCR article by Sarah MacDonald

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by Pat Marrin | May 10, 2019
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