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Why Pope Francis is right to revisit the new Mass translation

Michael G. Ryan | January 27, 2017
Recent news out of Rome that Pope Francis has given his blessing to a commission to study “Liturgiam Authenticam,” the controversial 2001 document behind the English translation of the Roman Missal, was surely music to the ears of many who love the church’s liturgy and to just about everyone who loves the English language. Seven years ago, I did my best to see that the translation got a test run before being mandated for general use. But, as the saying goes, timing is everything. Had Francis been elected just a few years earlier, it is likely that “Liturgiam Authenticam” would have died in committee.

At this point, I am not sure who to feel sorrier for: those members of the International Committee for English in the Liturgy, who, back in 1998, offered a worthy translation—the fruit of 17 years painstaking labor—only to have it unceremoniously consigned to oblivion by Vatican officials, or the faithful of the English-speaking world who have had to struggle since 2011 with a wooden, woefully inadequate, theologically limited Missal that is low on poetry, if high on precision.

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Fr. Tony Flannery celebrates Eucharist publically after still being under a five year ban by the Vatican
Sarah Mac Donald  |  Jan. 25, 2017

DUBLIN -- Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery has said he is not anticipating any backlash from the Vatican over his celebration of a public Mass last Sunday in contravention of a ban on public ministry imposed on him by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.
The 70-year-old Irish missioner described the liturgy, which was attended by up to 800 people, as "emotional and beautiful."

"I have celebrated many big Masses over the years, at missions and novenas, but nothing that touched me to the core like this one." He added that the occasion "would come close to being the loveliest day of my life."

Flannery, who is a co-founder of the reform-minded Association of Catholic Priests, said he was "not worried about excommunication" by the church and didn't "anticipate" any excommunication under Pope Francis and "even less so in the context of Pope Francis' visit to Ireland next year."

Referring to the "volume of support and encouragement from people" at the Mass and those who had contacted him by email, letter and telephone, the priest said that for church authorities to do anything to him now would be "shooting themselves in the foot."

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Continuing Features:

Statement of RCWP Canada National Leadership Circle to Pope Francis' "Never, never . . . In that direction" assertion

Sara Butler, MSBT / Robert J. Egan, SJ Debate on the Ordination of Women

Women Priests -- Answering the Call


See preface from the book by Catherine Cavanagh -- click here

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My Journey From Silence to Solidarity

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On 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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 Open Doors For Women

Giancarlo Pani, S.J. | February 7, 2017

On August 2, 2016, Pope Francis instituted a commission to study the history of the female diaconate, for the purpose of its possible restoration. And some have seen this as a first step toward priesthood for women, in spite of the fact that Francis himself seems to have ruled it out absolutely, responding as follows to a question on the return flight from his journey to Sweden last November 1:

"For the ordination of women in the Catholic Church, the last clear word was given by Saint John Paul II, and this holds."

But to read the latest issue of “La Civiltà Cattolica,” the question of women priests appears to be anything but closed. On the contrary, wide open.

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'I have to do this': Why some Catholic women are defying Church rules and becoming priests

CBC-TV National Documentary

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Nick Purdon and Leonardo Palleja, January 11, 2017

The curtains are drawn as Marie Bouclin transforms the wooden coffee table in her modest living room in Sudbury, Ont., into an altar, lighting candles and filling a chalice with red wine.

A dozen of her parishioners sit in a semicircle around her. One woman is so worried she might be identified, she asks CBC to blur her face in any photos.

Bouclin, one of only two Canadian bishops in a small movement of Roman Catholic women being ordained outside the official Church, leads the room in a service that goes against 2,000 years of Catholic tradition and doctrine.

"In the early Church, people gathered in their homes," Bouclin says. "Who can say that what we're doing is not valid? Sometimes, we have to obey God and not men. And as much as some Catholics don't want to hear this, the Pope is not God."

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CBC Radio Sudbury interview with Bishop Marie Bouclin

CBC Sudbury Radio, January 12, 2017

The priest is a lot like any religious leader in the Catholic church. The only difference is she's a woman. Marie Bouclin of Sudbury, ON spoke on radio to a genuinely interested and engaged CBC interviewer, inviting of her personal story.  She was able to present the wider contemporary and historical context of the RCWP Canada movement.

Click here to listen to the radio interview.

Voices of Faith 2017 - from the heart of the Vatican - March 8th International Women's Day

Pope Francis called in his 1st January 2017 Peace Day statement for Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace. This year, we highlight the work of women from around the world who are promoting nonviolence and programs of peace.

At our annual event on March 8, 2017, Voices of Faith unites the Vatican with the international community and organisations around the globe to honour and acknowledge women who understand the need for dialogue, building bridges and collaboration across boundaries. It is their experience, as Pope Francis says, that peace in their hearts and in their families generates the desire for dialogue and cooperation. With our two Partners, the Jesuits Refugee Service andCaritas internationalis we serve as an instrument of hope and amplifier of the courage and creativity of women in education and social programs, especially in areas of marginalization and extreme poverty. 

In the footsteps of St. Catherine of Siena –a remarkable woman who worked tirelessly to make peace between the quarrelling Italian states- we encourage all of you to be part of a more peaceful and nonviolent world.

Chantal M. Götz - Managing Director Voices of Faith

    Comments to the Editor

During my studies of the Bible I came across the following and It brought to mind the arguments of the Church's objections to women priests.

This could be used in your answer to those who oppose your movement.

Jesus And the Traditions of The Elders

(Matthew 15:1-12)

Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”

3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’ 5 But you say that if a man says to his father and mother, ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,’ 6 he is not to ‘honor his father’ with it. Thus, you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.

7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
8 ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men’.”

12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you not know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” 13 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. 14 Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”


A concerned Catholic, New Brunswick

I watched ordination and interviews on
CBC TV.  It was very beautifully done and the hymn was uplifting.  Best wishes to all of you as you quietly carry on in your mission.

A concerned Catholic, British Columbia

Just watched The National. Thank you for openly being a champion for all Roman Catholic women.

A concerned Catholic, Alberta

Interesting that CBC in starting this new series to help mark the 150th birthday of Canada begins with this topic.  That in itself is a comment. 

What especially came through for me, in well-done, composed, clear, direct interviews is the authenticity in hearing and responding to a personal, genuine calling - all at a time in your lives (including Roy) when you might want just to take it easy!  All of you are in your elder, wisdom years.  The maturity of your lives speaks to the genuineness of what you are doing and saying. 

The intensity of the pain for all of you personally, and so many more -- this alone may well be the single biggest factor in eventually bringing about a change of heart and policy.  Such pain is a death that is paschal to the core, not terminal.  I don't know if women being ordained priests in the RC church will in itself advance a major historical change.  I am much more certain that the suffering and authenticity of so many will eventually bring about this major, major change. 

I especially could see that in Fr. Rosica's struggle when he was interviewed.  He both portrayed an official church that is less than credible, and his own discomfort with that church in this matter (and likely others).  He is one of the many male priests whom Roy mentioned who cannot speak their truth in this matter, lest they too get the letter from Rome.

There so much more to ponder, stimulated by the entire interview.

A Concerned Catholic, Saskatchewan

Our little town of Sutton had a spontaneous march at10AM today in solidarity with marches taking place all over the world, but especially in DC. We were between 80 and 100, not bad for a last minute effort. So many of us felt that we had to do something. Given that Sutton's population is 4000 permanent resident (8000 counting part-timers).

It's not a bad turnout. We were English and French, elderly, young, men, women and children and dogs. There were some speeches and then we walked in an orderly fashion up and down the Main Street. (We're Canadian, eh!) Cars honked and we got lots of thumbs-up. We're a ski resort and the tourists were happy to have chance to demonstrate.

Trump is succeeding in uniting people-against him. The enemy of my enemy is my friend!

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Linda Spear, RCWP Canada East priest

Francis, the comic strip                                                                                                           Francis Comic Strip Archive
by Pat Marrin | January 24, 2017
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