Jesus, Mary, Clopas (husband of Mary) enroute to Emmaus

RCWP Canada Monthly Review -- April 2018 

  • On the Road to Emmaus -- Happy Easter
  • Women Church World
  • Canada has yet to begin the process of reconciliation
  • Women religious heard Confessions, performed Baptisms, and celebrated the Eucharist
  • 10 keys to open up your mind -- Freeing your thinking has surprising benefits
  • Comments to the Editor
  • Mosaic: Jesus, Mary, Clopas (husband of Mary) enroute to Emmaus
  • Voices of Faith:  Why Women Matter
  • Ecumenical Catholic Communion ordains its first female bishop -- It's a new day in a new kind of Catholic church
  • Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement have had no official dialogue with Pope Francis yet
  • Positive responses to Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement by Pope Francis' advisors
  • Free pdf downloadable books
  • Francis, the comic strip:  "What can I say?"

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Editor, RCWP Canada Monthly Review | March 8, 2018

International Women's Day was marked this year by Voices of Faith with their conference from the Aula of the Jesuit Centre in Rome. They were excluded from holding the forum inside the Vatican where previous events were held from 2013-17 due, at least in part, because of proposed speakers, Mary McAleese of Ireland, Zuzanna Radzik of Poland and Ssenfuka Joanita Warry of Uganda being deemed unacceptable by Cardinal Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life at the Vatican. Rather than acquiesce, Voices of Faith moved their venue and asked Mary McAleese to be the keynote speaker, in addition to just a panel participant.

The theme, Why Women Matter took on more importance by this action. According to bishop-elect, Jane Kryzanowski of RCWP Canada, voices of women are so critical to the church that attempts to silence them make hearing them all the more important.

Read transcript of Mary McAleese's presentation

View videos of presentations:

For the whole of the four hour Voices of Faith Conference recorded on Youtube, go to the beginning at:

For the beginning of Mary McAlesse's astounding presentation, go
 to the 8:48 minute mark of the Voices of Faith Conference at:

For the panel discussion, go to 2:18:18 hour mark of the Voices of Faith Conference at:

For the point at which the question asked was, "Can the denial of ordination to women be considered 'spiritual abuse'? go to the 3:19:47 hour mark of Voices of Faith at:


Ecumenical Catholic Communion ordains its first female bishop -- It's a new day in a new kind of Catholic church

Jamie Manson, National Catholic Reporter | Mar 5, 2018

Denise Donato, has just been ordained the first female bishop in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC). Psalm 82 speaks about wisdom coming "from out of the mouths of babes."  One day Miles, her grandson will learn that his sweet farewell was also a revolutionary statement.

Yet, for all of its radical elements, Donato's ordination, which took place on February 9, 2018, looked and felt a lot like a typical ordination of a Roman Catholic bishop. The order of the liturgy, the prayers, and the symbols were remarkably traditional.

Like all bishops, Donato was offered sacramentals to mark to her nascent episcopacy: a crozier carved by her husband, Phil; a pectoral cross from her parents; a ring that was a gift from Mary Magdalene Church, the community that she serves as a priest; a mitre handcrafted by the same women who made her vestments for her priestly ordination 15 years ago.

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Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement have had no official dialogue with Pope Francis yet

Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP | March 11, 2018

When Pope Francis was elected I was hopeful that change would happen in the institutional church. He appeared warm and caring and his approach was down-to earth. I appreciated his focus on social justice issues. While Francis has encouraged dialogue and action on behalf of justice for the marginalized in the world, he has not made the connection of justice in the church, specifically gender equality. The full equality of women includes women priests as a justice issue. 

What has Pope Francis said or done to engage our Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement?

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Positive responses to Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement by Pope Francis' advisors

Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP | March 11, 2018

There  have been some positive responses in conversations with Pope Francis' advisors but no official dialogue with Francis yet.

Janice Sevre-Duszynska ARCWP and Christina Moreira ARCWP  met with a Vatican Monsignor close to Francis in 2016. They had a wonderful conversation about our mission and ministries and requested that Francis lift excommunication and all penalties against us.

On other occasions,  Suzanne Thiel RCWP and Juanita Cordero RCWP met with Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, one of Francis' top advisors, at the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference.  He engaged in animated, friendly conversations and reported that he shared their materials about our movement with the pope.

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This Month's Special
On the Road to

Emmaus --

Happy Easter

Monique Baujard, | March 8, 2018
Cleopas and another disciple are walking on the road to Emmaus. Christ joins them along the way and a passionate conversation ensues. But it’s only at the evening meal and the breaking of bread that they recognize him. He immediately disappears from their eyes and the two disciples return to Jerusalem to bear witness of the Resurrection of Christ to their friends.

St. Luke does not give the name of the second disciple in his Gospel account (Lk 24:13-35). But according to some exegetes, it could have been the wife of Cleopas. This hypothesis cannot be verified today, but let’s suppose for a moment that this was the case.Why not name her? Because two witnesses were needed for a testimony to be reliable and, in those days, women did not have the legal ability to give testimony. Thus, not mentioning the name of the second disciple was perhaps the way to save their testimony. Everyone would suppose that the Emmaus pilgrims were two men and the entire iconography, even in our own day, has been based on that assumption. Cleopas’ wife disappeared!

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Women Church World

Editor, RCWP Canada | April 1, 2018

Women Church World is a monthly magazine supplement to L'Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican.  As indicated by the following articles in the March, 2018 issue, Women Church World is not so "official".  The magazine supplement is produced by non-clerics who volunteer their time and talent.

  • The (almost) free work of sisters (an article criticizing bishops and cardinals for underpaying housekeepers)
  • Junias the Apostle
  • ​A manifesto for women in the Church

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Canada has yet to begin the process of reconciliation

Stephanie Strachan, UCObserver | February 2018

Reconciliation is an active journey that Canadian society must undertake. On February 9, 2018, Gerald Stanley was found not guilty in the murder of 22-year-old Colten Boushie. Less than two weeks later on February 22, 2018, Raymond Cormier was found not guilty in the death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine. These verdicts are evidence that Canada has yet to truly begin the process of reconciliation and claim responsibility for continuing to serve injustice to Indigenous peoples.

Philosopher and psychiatrist Frantz Fanon unapologetically dove into colonial discourse and the psychopathology of decolonization. In his 1952 book Black Skin, White Masks, Fanon introduced the notion of cognitive dissonance to his readers, therefore naming the very act in which the colonizing society partakes:

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore, and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”

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Women religious heard Confessions, performed Baptisms, and celebrated the Eucharist

Editor, RCWP Canada | April 1, 2018

“Women religious have tended to get pigeonholed in certain way, that either they were only praying the monastic hours or maybe just caring for their own, pastorally speaking, but they were doing much more than that,” said Katie Bugyis, Ph.D, of St. Martin University, Lacey, WA.

Bugyis’ research examines the liturgical ministries of women religious from 900 to 1200 in England. “My dissertation seeks to recover all their ministries in all of their richness,” said Bugyis, “ministries that many people assume that women religious didn’t do—like hear confessions or even perform baptisms [and] administer the Eucharist.”

Bugyis received the Richard and Peggy Notebaert Premier Fellowship, which provides students with up to six years of funding as well as priority access to professional development funds. She noted that the fellowship has enabled her to “travel to the U.K. and to Europe more broadly for various conferences and also to do primary manuscript research which is absolutely important for the kind of work that I do.”

Bugis recently spoke at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX

You can also watch a video about Bugyis' studies on YouTube.

10 keys to open up your mind -- Freeing your thinking has surprising benefits

Trisha Elliott, UCObserver | February 2018

1. Be ready to revise your opinion.

2. Make an inventory.

3. Widen your scope.

4. Welcome opposing views.

5. Resist snap judgments.

6. Demote your opinion.

7. Engage in spiritual practice.

8. Ask questions.

9. Sharpen your listening skills.

10. Love your neighbour.

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Thanks for the extra effort you put into preparing the special edition. The content is well presented to highlight the key presentations of the forum.

Let us move from words to actions as Mary McAlesse proposes --
with plans that have timelines and deadlines.

See this link to Brigid Mary Meehan's article on Five Steps Forward on Women's Equality (including ordination) in the Church
1. Ordain women deacons as a first step toward full equality.
2. Lift excommunication and all penalties against Roman Catholic Women Priests and supporters and affirm movement as prophetic and members as beloved sisters and brothers in the church.
3. Expand Council of Cardinals to include women in decision making process.
4. In each diocese and parish, incorporate women as equals in decision making.
5 Affirm women in every ministry on the parish level including preaching, teaching and administering sacraments. Anointing of the Sick, for example, was not always reserved to the priest. Neither is baptism or Marriage. The priests in the parishes would probably welcome such changes.

Jane Kryzanowski, RCWP Canada Bishop-elect, Regina, SK

The article on codependency Craig Van Parys wrote for RCWP Canada Monthly Review is excellent. I had the distinct feeling of having someone pick up where I left off some years ago. I did my M.A. thesis on this very subject in 1998. As soon as I saw Pia Mellody's name, I related!  (The title, translated, was "The Codependency of Women in the Church: Recovering from an Abuse of Power"). I picked up the major points in the book I later published under the title of "Seeking Wholeness: Women and Abuse of Power in the church".
Liturgical Press agreed to publish my thesis on condition that I remove two chapters they deemed controversial:  One was on the sacralization of clerical and hierarchical power reserved exclusively to unmarried men, based on the teachings of the Magisterium found in the Catechsim of the Catholic Church and aso John Paul II's letters on women, "Mulieris dignitatem", etc. The other chapter was on the Magisterium's teachings on priesthood and the "sacred power" to offer the "eucharistic sacrifice". My theological reflection at the time brought me head to head with atonement theology as particularly harmful to women. The editors at LitPress were reluctant to publish anything that went against the prohibition to discuss women's ordination.

In re-reading my conclusions to these two chapters, I realize that nothing has really changed within the institution. So it's important we keep working on dispelling the myth that women are in any way equal in the church.
Keep thinking and writing, Craig. It's an important part of our mandate to renew theology.
With gratitude and every blessing,
Marie Bouclin, Bishop for RCWP Canada, Sudbury, ON

Francis, the comic strip                                                                                                           Francis Comic Strip Archive
by Pat Marrin | March 7, 2018
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