RCWP Canada Monthly Review -- August 2018 

  • Jane Kryzanowski ordained new bishop for RCWP Canada
  • Dancing My Life, Dancing My God
  • Binding The Strong Man
  • WOW call on Pope Francis to dialogue with women called to priesthood
  • Jesus Was a Radical Feminist: It’s time for men to stop telling women how to be women
  • If it is not the work of the Commission, then we are happy to step up and offer Pope Francis some friendly advice:  Ordain women, today
  • Vatican case against women priests highly flawed
  • Church bureaucrats choose misogyny accusations over discussion of gender
  • RCWP Canada Bishop's Message
  • The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity
  • Ohio woman ordained to the priesthood
  • Women Ordained as Catholic Priests in Colombia, South America
  • Retired UK bishop backs women's ordination
  • Are women 'substantially' incompatible for the priesthood?  Attempts to link maleness and priesthood through the ages have failed the test
  • Catholic Women Called - Paula Hoeffer
  • Transparent policies and accountability needed if the Vatican is serious about bringing more women to meaningful leadership at the Curia
  • Free pdf downloadable books
  • Francis, the comic strip

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 RCWP Canada Bishop's Message

Jane Kryzanowski, Episcopal Ordination Dinner Remarks | July 21, 2018

I find it delightful to have this opportunity to linger a bit after the amazing ordination liturgy this afternoon.  Our conversations relish that experience and forge our bonds of friendship and solidarity in the renewal movement we lead in the church we love.  As Roman Catholic Women Priests are called from among the people of God, by you, to be leaders of vision and imagination to read the signs of our times, and of courageous daring to respond to the promptings of God's Spirit among us. 

The public presentation last night brought home ways that this is happening in the United States as well as in Canada.  We are people on the move like our ancestors in faith who knew exodus and exile. 

Hildegard of Bingen once said, “We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others
... is not a home.”  For too long, our religious world has been interpreted for us.  Especially as women in the Church, we have been told who we are and what role we can play - and not play.  And, to a large part, we have accepted that over the years. 

Hildegard encourages us “to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.”  And so, together, we are.  We are moving from calcified ritual to contemporary faith expression; from authoritarian leadership to collegiality; and from living by archaic rules and regulations to living by love; as just a few examples.  We do not know where it will take us, but we do know that by attentive listening to the voice of God and daring to say “Yes” we are following the One who is Light – the light of the world. 

Recently Chief Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier of the Okanese First Nation, Saskatchewan was named to the Order of Canada, our national order and honour of merit.  She has been leading her community for 37 years, making her the longest serving indigenous chief in Canada. 

She spoke about her philosophy of good leadership earlier on when she was recognized by the Assembly of First Nations in 2016.  She said, "I walk shoulder-to-shoulder with them. I see myself as a leader to work with my community and to be with my community."

She went on to say, "When I came home, everybody was saying congratulations to me, and I said, 'You know what, you got to congratulate yourselves for allowing me to be here.' "

It is those sentiments I want to reiterate, “To be with you and to work with you.”  Our model of leadership is a discipleship of equals. We work collegially, we are partners, we empower one another to be the hands and feet of Christ and preach by our lives the good news Jesus preached, the loving tenderness and compassion of God. 

And with Marie-Anne I say, “Congratulate yourself for allowing me to be here.”  Congratulations! And Thank you, to each and to all of you for being here, for your love and support of our movement and me personally. 

I wish to leave you with this familiar quote from Albert Camus:
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.

The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity

Cynthia Bourgeault, Center for Action and Contemplation | April 25, 2018

I’d like to reclaim Mary Magdalene as an apostolic partner of Jesus, as one who ministered in a tradition that was not just about male/female equality. Certainly it was about that, and Jesus was way out in front of the pack; equality was the starting point for everything else. But Mary and Jesus took it a step further, including and transcending the opposites and birthing a new form of person who lived, ministered, and saw out of a new and nondual consciousness. Mary can help us recover Jesus’ teaching and live in holographic unity, the kingdom of heaven here on earth.

Read More or obtain the book by clicking on the link below:
Cynthia Bourgeault, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity

Catholic Women Called - Paula Hoeffer

Catholic Women Called, Youtube video | June 22, 2018

In this video, Paula Hoeffer shares how an unexpected call brought her to deeper joy and authenticity.

Paula Hoeffer is a priest of RCWP USA, serving Resurrection Community, Cincinnati, OH.]


Transparent policies and accountability needed if the Vatican is serious about bringing more women to meaningful leadership at the Curia

July 5, 2018, Rome, Italy

Recent statements by Pope Francis and top Vatican officials support the need to bring more lay women to top leadership positions at the Roman Curia. However, Voices of Faith is concerned about the apparent difficulties and lack of transparency in regard to how those women are chosen and the process undertaken to appoint them. In an extensively quoted interview with Reuters on June 17th 2018, Pope Francis is reported saying, “I don't have any problem naming a woman as the head of a dicastery." At the same time, he talks about difficulties in finding the right candidates and convincing curial officials to accept women for leadership positions. The Prefect of the Dicastery of Laity, Family and Life, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, stated that the Vatican is "overloaded with clerics" and that "administrative functions within the church can be done by anybody" including laity.

Voices of Faith seeks to support Pope Francis and top Vatican officials with well-proven solutions that are working for business, government and other major institutional organisations. We appeal to Pope Francis to mandate swiftly a set of human resource policies that are shown to jumpstart change, facilitate transparency and ensure accountability in this crucial process of renewal at the heart of the Catholic Church.

"At the core of the 'difficulties' stated by our Holy Father are a lack of due process and support and training for women in these major institutions. While our network is heartened to hear that women are finally able to be considered for important positions within the Curia we know there is much to be done in order to get it right," says Chantal Goetz, Managing Director of the Voices of Faith movement. "We are hopeful about recent first ever appointments of women as consultors of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith or as under-secretaries in the Dicastery of Laity, Family and Life. However, together with Pope Francis, we are concerned and need understanding on the difficulties with the process, the very slow path of change and the environments that these women are part of which have a male dominated influence." 

Voices of Faith works for a prophetic Catholic Church where women's voices count, participate and lead on equal footing with men. They have proposed to Pope Francis and leaders of Curial entities to adopt sustainable human resource policies, rather than continue in placing single handpicked women in a reportedly hostile environment.

Voices of Faith proposes these three steps that are proven to work:

1. Open, merit-based and transparent hiring practices. We call on the Vatican to publicly announce any vacancies, openly list required qualifications for vacant positions and implement transparent selection and hiring policies

2. Workplace gender equality policy. Design and implement policies and procedures that safeguard equal opportunities and remove barriers for women employed at the Vatican. Such policies should include anti-discrimination training for all Vatican employees

3.  Monitoring and evaluation. Measure progress towards a more inclusive Vatican Curia through a regular evaluation of key indicators and report results publicly.

We believe that the efforts of Pope Francis and other top Vatican officials will have the necessary credibility and impact only if a top-level official is named and given the necessary authority to lead, monitor and report on progress of this process.

The Pope and his advisors can draw on good practices developed by governmental, business and charitable organizations. We want to cite promising developments within the Catholic Church itself such as the Gender Policy of the Catholic Church in India or the 2013 Trier Declaration of the German Bishops Conference on the "Cooperation between women and men in the service and the life of the Church". Transparent and just workplace policies will bring more women with their diverse life experiences to meaningful positions of leadership, but also increase the overall effectivity, transparency and accountability of the Roman Curia for the benefit of all of us in the Catholic Church.

[Voices of Faith works for a prophetic Catholic Church where women's voices count, participate and lead on equal footing with men. The initiative campaigns extensively to promote women’s leadership in the Church. Voices of Faith organise the only International Women's Day events ever held inside The Vatican. Ahead of the Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment, Voices of Faith promotes the leadership of young women, including impactful participation of its representatives at the pre-synod meeting of youth in March 2018. Watch the promotional video here.]

For enquiries or further information please contact:

Chantal Götz, Managing Director of Voices of Faith, at info@voicesoffaith.org

Retired UK bishop backs women's ordination

Carina Murphy, The Tablet | June 22, 2018

A retired Bishop has come out in support of the ordination of women priests and says he has felt this way since his own ordination 53 years ago.

Bishop Crowley, formerly Bishop of Middlesbrough but now retired and living in London, also said the time is ripe for further church examination on “the key theological premises regarding the exclusion of women from the priesthood”.

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Free pdf downloadable books:

195 Reasons Why Women Should Be Ordained
       by Editor, RCWP Canada Monthly Review
Women Priests -- Following the Call
      by Catherine Cavanaugh

Gaudete et Exsultate
     by Pope Francis

Why Women Should Be Priests
     by Roy Bourgeois

This Month's Special
Jane Kryzanowski

 ordained new

 bishop for RCWP


Bishop Jane Kryzanowski and Bishop Marie Bouclin -- the laying on of hands

Editor, RCWP Canada Monthly Review | July 25, 2018  

On July 21, 2018, in Calgary, AB, on the eve of the feast of St. Mary of Magdala, Jane Kryzanowki of Regina was ordained bishop for RCWP Canada.

At the conclusion of  the ordination liturgy, the new bishop made the following remarks:
Allow me one brief message especially with the younger women and girls who are present -- and to others who feel marginalized in society and especially in the church:  Listen for the Divine voice resounding in your soul to understand who you are.  Don't let others define you as “different” or “less than,” -- for each person is a beloved one of God. 

For too long women and LGBTQ+ persons, indigenous people and other social minorities, and mother earth herself, have been exploited by the forces of hierarchical, patriarchal, and economic powers which define us for their purposes. Violence and abuse, exploitation, diminishment and exclusion hurt.  So, stand tall in your truth and dare to follow your dreams and visions to walk the path of justice and compassion. 

We in RCWP Canada will walk with you as sisters, as companions. 
In conjuction with the episcopal ordination, the RCWP Canada community invited the public to a presentation by bishops from Canada and the United States on the growth and development of the women's ordination movement.

Roman Catholic Women Priests serve small faith communities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchwan, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Jane Kryzanowski is the first Roman Catholic Woman Priest to be ordained bishop on Canadian soil.

Six bishops preside at Episcopal Ordination Eucharistic Celebration

Judith Pellerin's Dancing My Life, Dancing My God uses the metaphor of dance to describe how life can be lived joyously and with fulfillment.  The concept of dance as prayer, as communication between self and God, is introduced in an engaging and accepting way for those seeking to discover deeper meaning in their communion with the Divine. 
Balanceing information on the history of dance as Spriit-led communication with more personal anecdotes of the meaning of dance for people today, Dancing My Life, Dancing My God offers a starting place for discussion and discovery of dancing a Spirit-filled life.

[Judith Pellerin, Regina, SK. has given permission to serialize her book.  Chapter 1 is this month's installment.  Previous installments may be found here]

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Radical Discipleship, radicaldiscipleship.net | August 1, 2018

As we transition into the summer months of Ordinary Time, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Binding The Strong Man, Ched Myers’ extraordinary political reading of Mark’s Gospel

For each Sunday of the months past, RCWP Canada Monthly Review will post links to Myers’ comments on the lectionary readings of the day.]

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Binding the strong man - Jesus master metaphor

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Like a mustard seed

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time - The Other Side

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Healing two daughters

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Strategies of a Subversive Movement

WOW call on Pope Francis to dialogue with women called to priesthood

Press Release, WOW | June 23, 2018

Women’s Ordination Worldwide (WOW) is deeply disappointed by Pope Francis’ reiteration of the “closed door” stance on women’s ordination.  We call on Pope Francis to lead by example and dialogue with the many women who are called to priesthood.

The Vatican’s repeated attempts to limit God’s priestly call to celibate men causes great pain to the women who have discerned their vocation to the priesthood, as well as to the people of God who are deprived of women’s gifts and sacramental leadership. WOW stands with women who are alienated and dismissed by his discriminatory remarks as their call from God to priesthood is repeatedly denied by the Church hierarchy.

In the same interview, Pope Francis, referring to Vatican relations with China, is quoted saying, “Dialogue is a risk, but I prefer risk rather than the certain defeat that comes with not holding dialogue.” Pope Francis has encouraged fearless dialogue throughout his pontificate. We expect the same fearless dialogue in other contexts of the Church’s life, including women’s priestly vocation and equality in the Church.

Pope Francis continues: “There is no Church without women.” We pray that Pope Francis comes to realise that there is also no credibility in the Church without equality for women.  If dialogue is a risk, we must call our Church leaders to find the courage to listen to women as equals in Christ. Without further dialogue on women’s ordination, sexism will remain undefeated.

Contact WOW Leadership:
Alicja Baranowska: (Belgium & Poland)  +32 488 67 60 20  alicja.baranowska@wp.pl
Pat Brown: (UK) +44 7950048628 pat@patbrown-at.co.uk
Colm Holmes: (Ireland)  +353 86 606 3636 colmholmes2020@gmail.com
Kate McElwee: (Italy & USA) +39 393 692 2100 kmcelwee@womensordination.org

[Women’s Ordination Worldwide (WOW): Founded in 1996, WOW is an international network of groups whose current mission is the inclusion of women in all ordained ministries in the Roman Catholic Church. Founded on the principle of equality, WOW opposes all discrimination. ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus’. (Galatians 3:28)]

Jesus Was a Radical Feminist: It’s time for men to stop telling women how to be women

Mike Rivage-Seul, Blog | June 28, 2018

My wife, Peggy, is a radical feminist. As director of the Women and Gender Studies Program at Berea College in Kentucky, she has always been so.

Whenever we discuss world issues, my tendency is to trace their roots to capitalism. Peggy’s is to find their origins in patriarchy. Capitalism itself, she says, is founded on patriarchy. Until we realize that and address the influence of patriarchy, nothing can really change.

She goes on. Ironically, patriarchy has men making decisions for women on issues that impact females much more directly than males – matters such as contraception, maternity leave, funding for childcare, abortion, wage disparity between men and women, the Equal Rights Amendment, and wages for housework. All of that, she adds, has to change.

I find Peggy’s logic and criticism compelling. The gospel readings indicate that Jesus would too.

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If it is not the work of the Commission, then we are happy to step up and offer Pope Francis some friendly advice:  Ordain women, today

Recently, Cardinal Luis Ladaria made his first public comments about the Papal Commission on Women Deacons by saying that it is not the directive of the Commission to offer advice to Pope Francis on whether or not to ordain women deacons today. Rather, it is simply to study the role of "deaconesses" in the early Church.

"Well, if it is not the work of the Commission, then we are happy to step up and offer Pope Francis some friendly advice:  Ordain women, today, " says Kate
McElwee, Executive Director of Women's Ordination Conference.
For more on Cardinal Ladaria's statement click here.

Vatican case against women priests highly flawed
Church bureaucrats choose misogyny accusations over discussion of gender

John O'Loughlin Kennedy, Irish Times | April 9, 2018

The Vatican Curia can be counted on to ignore accusations of misogyny, however well-founded.  They are trained (and oath-bound) to prioritise current church teaching above all.

As a result, it is the teaching itself that must be challenged. This is not difficult.

On the big issue, women’s exclusion from ordination, the teaching is of recent origin and is based on remarkably shoddy scholarship. The exclusion is long-established. The justifying doctrine is new.

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Are women 'substantially' incompatible for the priesthood?  Attempts to link maleness and priesthood through the ages have failed the test

John Wijngaards, National Catholic Reporter | June 18, 2018

What do these popes have in common? Nicholas V (1454) authorised Christian conquerors to enslave native peoples. Innocent VIII (1484) endorsed the torture and execution of witches. Benedict XIV (1745) condemned taking interest on capital loans as a mortal sin. Pius IX (1864) declared non-Christians could not obtain eternal salvation. John Paul II (1994) taught that priesthood is reserved only to men.

All defended errors based on a mixture of misread scripture and ill-informed prejudice. The only difference is that whereas the other erroneous teachings have now been discarded by the official church, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith last month still repeated Pope John Paul II's mistaken view.

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Ohio woman ordained to the priesthood

Brian Albrecht, The Plain Dealer | June 30, 2018

Susan Guzik was ordained a priest, along with three other women who were ordained deacons by Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests Bishop Mary Eileen Collingwood in a liturgy at the Community of St. Bridget in Brecksville, OH.

"Most parishes today," Guzik noted, "the lay people - and mostly women - they're doing most of the work in the parish. They always have."

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Women Ordained as Catholic Priests in Colombia, South America

ARCWP News | June 4, 2018

While surrounded by family, friends and lots of love; Maria Teresa Martinez Maldonado and Blanca Azucena Caicedo were ordained  Roman Catholic Women Priests in Colombia, South America.  Bishop Olga Lucia Alvarez of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests was presiding bishop.

For article in Spanish and photos click here.


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