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* The authors of Scripture would never have understood the logic that women could not be ordained
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Bishop signals openness to women priests
Ottawa, ON – May 26-28, 2017
now to attend this exciting conference at St. Paul University, with
keynote speaker Sr.
Christine Schenk, founder of Future Church (USA).
is Canada’s Sesquicentennial so perhaps add a few days to your trip and
join in the celebrations!
For more information click here.
Irish News Staff Reporter | April 26, 2017
of Derry Donal McKeown has signalled an openness to women priests,
though insisted that there is no possibility of women being ordained
“at the present time”.
McKeown – who was appointed Bishop of
Derry by Pope Francis in 2014 – also said that the hierarchy had to
face serious questions about seminaries for training future priests,
including Maynooth. He made the comments in an Irish-language interview
broadcast by BBC Northern Ireland this week.
On the issue of
women priests, he said: “If that’s God’s will in our day, I’m happy to
accept it.” However, he added that “there is no possibility at the
present time women will be priests”
we would see all the nonsense stop at once. I pray daily – “Please God
just have this pope ordain one wise, loving, married woman to
priesthood today, without restriction as to what she may become, so
that directly after this, every man and woman, married or not, can
finally just answer the calling you put into their hearts, and not be
held back by their flesh or marital status, ever again, from any
ministry or height in our church." This is my daily prayer.
hurtful and foolish we have been, and for so long. Who has gained
anything from these foolish restrictions? No one. They have made us a
church that tears each other down rather than builds each other up. It
truly saddens me, when I think what we might be now, had this horrible
discrimination never been allowed. Think what a world we might have
now too with a church much stronger and one teaching powerfully good
things instead of hate all along the last 2000 years. When the church
first started, it spread like wildfire because, in large part, slaves
and women were treated similarly, within the church, to free men. Then
we gave into Rome’s power. It is time to get us all back to the Gospel
and back to Love and Real Strength and Real Power.
Nora Bolcan, Rhode Island
My Journey From Silence to Solidarity
book available for free as a pdf file downloaded here.
May 12, 2016 Pope Francis announced that he
will create a commission to study the possibility of restoring the
tradition of ordaining women deacons in the Catholic Church.
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Editor | April 26, 2017
Ruth Frances Wasylenko, RCWP Canada priest dies Easter Sunday
Marie Bouclin and Jane Kryzanowski, both priests of RCWP Canada,
concelebrated the funeral liturgy of one of their own at Trinity
Funeral Chapel, Edmonton, recently. Ruth Wasylenko, who celebrated
five years of priesthood within RCWP Canada on March 31, 2017, died
Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017.
Ruth Wasylenko leading her Emmaus Catholic Community
in Regina on September 5, 1953 and raised in Calgary, Ruth was the
eldest of six children in a busy and faith-filled family. There she
was nurtured in the Roman Catholic tradition that would be the
touchstone of her entire life. She served as a youth minister, teacher
and chaplain. Ruth pushed many edges, becoming a bus driver while a
young nun and riding a Vespa. She developed interests in sports, music
and wood-working. Ruth loved learning and achieved two Master’s
She always delighted in children and never really left behind
her role as teacher. Illness, first fibromyalgia and then cancer,
invited her to find her value simply in being rather than in what she
was esteemed by many people, who witnessed both her love of the Gospel
and her radical choices to live that Gospel. Since ordination,
Ruth was spiritual leader of the Emmaus Catholic Community of Sherwood
Park. She challenged the hierarchical and patriarchal structures
of the Church she loved so much especially by heeding the call to be
ordained as a Roman Catholic Woman Priest.
A significant contribution by Ruth to the national organization was her work on the RCWP Canada Constitution.
Read More, including a tribute by a friend and the homily at the funeral liturgy
RCWP Canada priests concelebrate baptism liturgy
Editor | April 26, 2017
On April 23, 2017, Sadie's Baptism and Blessing in the home of her
parents Karen and Austin was concelebrated by RCWP Canada priests Vikki
Marie and Rose Mewhort. Sadie was welcomed into the communities of Our
Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin, Vancouver, and Star of the Sea, Galiano
Island, as well as into the community of people present. It was a
beautiful gathering and a wonderful inclusive service. Sadie was
attentive throughout the entire liturgy.
All welcome to woman priest's Catholic Mass in Pickering, ON
Kristen Calis | April 10, 2017
is one of 12 priests belonging to Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP)
Canada, and feels she’s been called into priesthood.
Roberta Fuller will begin celebrating Catholic Mass at
Dunbarton-Fairport United Church in the spring. She is part of a small
group of women in Canada who have been ordained as Catholic women
offer to hold Catholic liturgy at the United Church in Pickering is one
Fuller gladly took up, as the Roman Catholic Church does not recognize
women as priests.
“I’ve always been a feminist,” she says. “I believe women’s rights are human rights. I wanted to reach out to people.”
Obedience is not mere blind capitulation to authority
Marian Ronan | Apr. 19, 2017
PROPHETIC OBEDIENCE: ECCLESIOLOGY FOR A DIALOGICAL CHURCH
By Bradford E. Hinze
Published by Orbis Books, 288 pages, $42; Kindle edition $34.50
I have to confess,
I'm pretty wary of the word obedience. So wary, in fact, that I almost
declined to review Bradford Hinze's new theology of the church.
I'm glad I didn't.
Prophetic Obedience is precisely the kind of constructive theology that
enables post-Vatican II Catholics like me to overcome the binaries that
have hindered us since the election of Pope John Paul II: freedom vs.
obedience, the horizontal vs. the vertical, the magisterium vs. the
Hinze traces these
binaries back to Second Vatican Council itself. He explores many of the
ways in which the Vatican II vision of the church as the people of God,
of all the baptized on the road together, impacted a wide range of
ecclesial bodies as well as community organizations after the council.
And he shows how a conservative faction of the bishops and the Vatican
attempted to replace that vision with a "communion ecclesiology"
stressing centralized authority and the magisterium.
Praying for Vocations? Ordain Women!
On May 7th the institutional Roman Catholic Church marks its "World Day of Prayer for Vocations," praying for "young
men and women to hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the
priesthood, diaconate, religious life, [and] societies of apostolic
seemingly inclusive, this language neglects to footnote those
ministries where women are rejected, silenced and punished for
following their call to ordination.
Women's Ordination Council and Women's Ordination Worldwide will be marking May 7th a little differently...
Together, with Women's Ordination Worldwide, we pray...
that our global Church may
transform and renew its institution and practices to become a prophetic
voice and witness for global gender justice. We pray that our Church will uphold the Gospel message of equality and honor the vocations and ministries of all its members. Find Additional Prayer and Liturgy Resources by Clicking Here.
And we take action!
Host a witness in your community! Join
Catholics around the world as they raise their voices and move their
feet for women's equality in the Roman Catholic Church! Find an Organizing Tool Kit by Clicking Here. Please let
us know if you are organizing a witness, or would like to be connected
with WOC members in your community by responding to this website.
you for taking action and continuing to pray for an inclusive Church
that welcomes the gifts of all of its members. You are a blessing!
Kate McElwee & Erin Saiz Hanna
The authors of Scripture would never have understood the logic that women could not be ordained
Roger Vermalen Karban | April 27,2017
One of the Catholic Church’s traditional arguments against the priestly
ordination of women revolves around Jesus of Nazareth being a man.
According to this “official” line of reasoning, the priest must be
“another Christ,” a male other Christ. Such an individual must have a
“natural resemblance” to the first Christ. By definition, a female
can’t fill that role.
The authors of the Christian Scriptures would never have understood that logic.
In the 40-year period between Jesus’ earthly ministry and the writing
of the first gospel (Mark), his apostles certainly passed on many of
the words and actions of the carpenter who lived between 6 BCE and 30
CE: the “historical Jesus.”
But while they did so, they also were convinced this particular
itinerant preacher had risen into a “new creation.” (II Corinthians
The person who rose from the tomb into a new creation on Easter Sunday
was just as much a slave as a free person, a Gentile as a Jew and a
woman as a man (Galatians 3:28). Jesus, now risen, could not be
considered a first-century Jewish man.