RCWP Canada Monthly Review -- January 2018

  • In #MeToo movement Catholic Church can play role in discussion, healing
  • Female evangelical leaders call on church to speak out on violence against women
  • There would have been a midwife at the stable; Luke glosses over the scene
  • Survey shows Catholic women’s refreshed enthusiasm
  • As we are still hostages of the patriarchal era, it's difficult to realise that at a moment in history, the center of everything is in a woman
  • Do You Love Me?  A homily for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
  • Jane Kryzanowski elected bishop for RCWP Canada
  • Announcing the launch of #Catholictoo
  • Australian bishop urges end to clericalism
  • Why women matter - Save the Date! - March 8, 2018
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Jane Kryzanowski elected bishop for RCWP Canada

Marie Bouclin, RCWP Canada | December 15, 2017

After a year long discernment process, Jane Kryzanowski of Regina was elected bishop for Roman Catholic Women Priests Canada.  She replaces Marie Bouclin of Sudbury who completed her term as bishop. Marie continues as bishop-emerita with a full range of duties corresponding to the needs of the RCWP Canada community.

Jane Beyke Kryzanowski has rural roots in southern Indiana.  She was as a member of the Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the Woods, IN from 1961-69.  While with the community she embarked on her spiritual journey.  She obtained a BA in Religious Studies and Business Education and taught high school in Chicago, IL and Clarksville IN. Being called in other directions, Jane left the community just prior to final vows.  Jane continued her education, earning an MBA from Loyola University, Chicago and pursued a career in Human Resource Management with Xerox Corporation.   Through the years, Jane continued her studies in Theology, Scripture and Pastoral Ministry in a variety of forums.
In 1975 she immigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada following her marriage to Felix Kryzanowski.  She began her own business, Edelweiss Florist, in Humboldt, SK and taught at St. Peter's College, Muenster, SK and for Carlton Trail Regional College, Humboldt. SK.  Being a mother of three daughters, she served in leadership development programs for young girls as a Girl Guide Leader and on the Provincial Board of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program. Jane has long been involved in pastoral ministry as a volunteer in hospital chaplaincy as well as parish education and committee work.  Since 1992, when her family moved to Regina, SK, she worked as a pastoral assistant and parish administrator for local parishes along with serving as a lay minister.
Jane has a passion to work for justice and equality for women in society and particularly in the Roman Catholic Church.  Following her professional career, her years of raising her family, and serving the Church for many years, she retired from salaried work in 2004.
Becoming acquainted with it at a Call to Action Conference, Jane felt God called her to the Roman Catholic Women Priests movement in 2012.  She was ordained a Deacon in 2014 and a Priest in 2015.  She currently serves Mary of Magdala Inclusive Catholic Community in Regina and as Administrator for RCWP Canada.  The date and venue of Jane's episcopal ordination is not yet determined.

RCWP Canada is a reform movement which promotes "a new model of ordained ministry in a renewed Roman Catholic Church."

Announcing the launch of #Catholictoo

FutureChurch | December 20, 2017

FutureChurch, with partners Women's Ordination Conference and Call to Action,  announce the launch of a new initiative:  #Catholictoo, a space for women to share their stories about the effects of sexism and misogyny within the Church and for all Catholics to take action to end it.

Fall 2017 brought heightened awareness to the rampant sexual harassment and abuse perpetrated by powerful men in entertainment and politics.

Women in the Church also have haunting stories of their own suffering in a Church that normalizes gender inequality, sacralizes sexism in its many forms, and, too often, silences those who speak out.
#CatholicToo invites Catholic women to bear witness to the wounds of patriarchy, and calls all Catholics to reject sacralized sexism and gender inequality in all forms within the Church.

To learn more, visit www.catholictoo.org.

Australian bishop urges end to clericalism

Peter Feuerherd, NCR | Dec 13, 2017

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of Parramatta, Australia, speaking to the National Council of Priests of Australia, urged an end to clericalism in the church and expressed hope that a newly revitalized Catholic clergy would emerge from the sex abuse crisis that has wracked the Catholic Church in Australia.

Van Nguyen, 55, a Conventual Franciscan who became bishop of Parramatta last year, declared in a message to a Royal Commission investigating sex abuse in the Catholic Church that he himself had been abused by church members as an adult. He told the priests' group that "we are in a big mess" as priests "bear the brunt of public anger and distrust in the wake of the sexual abuse crisis. It is one of the hardest times to be a priest."

He suggested they look to the example of Pope Francis as a vision of priesthood based on a servant, not an authoritarian, model.

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Why women matter - Save the Date!

On International Women’s Day 2018, March 8, 2018, Voices of Faith features at the heart of the Vatican young women (and men) who bring their faith, their questions, their hopes and dreams to the leaders of our church.

Ahead of the Synod of Bishops on Youth in October 2018, Pope Francis has made it clear that he wants to listen to the voices of young people.

We are ready to start the conversation right in the heart of the Vatican!

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Free pdf downloadable books:

195 Reasons Why Women Should Be Ordained

Women Priests -- Following the Call

My Journey From Silence To Solidarity

Catholic Women And Holy Orders: The Time Is Now

In #MeToo movement Catholic Church can play role in discussion, healing
Carol Zimmermann, CNS | January 12, 2018

The wave of accusations of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault from Hollywood to Capitol Hill and many places in between in recent months has been described as a revolution, a moment and a time for national reckoning.

The accused -- abruptly fired or resigned -- have issued apology statements or denied wrongdoing. Those who have come forward -- predominantly women, but also some men emboldened by the solidarity of the #MeToo movement -- were named "Silence Breakers" by Time magazine and honored as its 2017 Person of the Year.

"We're still at the bomb-throwing point of this revolution," the Time article points out, stressing that for true social change to happen, private conversations on this issue are essential.

And that's where some say the Catholic Church has something to offer both from its lessons learned -- and how it could do more -- to support victims and foster healing.

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Female evangelical leaders call on church to speak out on violence against women

Emily McFarlan Miller, RNS | Dec 20, 2017

More than 140 evangelical Christian women from across the political and theological spectrums have signed onto a statement calling churches to end the silence around violence against women and the church's participation in it.

The statement, released Dec. 20, is accompanied by the hashtag #SilenceIsNotSpiritual and is part of a campaign that will run through Easter on April 1, 2018.

As for the church:

"There is no institution with greater capacity to create protected spaces for healing and restoration for survivors, as well as confession, repentance and rehabilitation for perpetrators," the statement reads.

Signers include pastors, professors, heads of parachurch organizations and popular authors and speakers such as Jen Hatmaker, Rachel Held Evans, Ann Voskamp, Amena Brown and Helen Lee.

The idea for the campaign calling evangelical churches to respond to physical, sexual and psychological violence against women came from Belinda Bauman of One Million Thumbprints, according to Lisa Sharon Harper of Freedom Road, who helped launch the #SilenceIsNotSpiritual campaign.

It follows the #ChurchToo movement — which, its creators are careful to note — grew out of #MeToo, a Twitter hashtag women have used to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault. #MeToo was started by social activist Tarana Burke and went viral this fall, as women in great numbers began to use the hashtag. By the thousands, they accused ordinary people — mostly men —  but also famous people in politics, entertainment, journalism and other fields.

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There would have been a midwife at the stable; Luke glosses over the scene

Christine Schenk, NCR | December 29, 2017

In reflecting on this much beloved Christmas story from Luke two things stand out for me.

The first is the reality that the pregnant Mary and her husband, Joseph, had very little power or control over their own circumstances. What expectant parents would ever travel to a distant village, away from family and friends when their first-born child was due at any moment? 

Only a family that had no choice but to comply with the demands of an oppressive, occupying government, and a complicit religious leadership, both demanding exorbitant civil and temple taxes — despite the subsistence level standard of living for most in Palestine.

And then there is the matter of accommodations. No Holiday Inn here. No welcoming concierge. No room service — only a shelter for animals, only socially unacceptable shepherds — socially unacceptable because they smelled like the sheep they tended — possibly sheep the temple priests used for sacrifice.

The picture Luke paints is that of a low-income family, on the margins of society, desperately seeking shelter so that Mary could labor and give birth protected from the elements. I wonder how many refugee families from Syria, Iraq, or Nigeria find themselves in similarly desperate circumstances this very night.

The second thing that stands out, is how easily the Lukan author glides over the messy realities of labor and birth. We hear a lot about the politics requiring Joseph to register in his hometown, about the shepherds keeping watch, and about heavenly hosts of angels celebrating.

All the good stuff. Of the actual birth we learn only the basics: It was time. The baby was born. We wrapped the baby in blankets. And that's pretty much it, folks. 

If ever you wondered about who wrote Luke's Gospel, I think we can be pretty sure of one thing at least — this Gospel has to have been written by a man.

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Survey shows Catholic women’s refreshed enthusiasm

Michele Dillon, NCR | January 12, 2018

Women have been the backbone of the Catholic Church in the U.S. and other Western countries since at least the beginning of the 20th century. Despite disagreeing with various elements of church teaching, they have long maintained a higher degree of participation than men in the church’s sacramental and communal life, and have also been instrumental in keeping men within the fold.

The resilience of their commitment to Catholicism, however, has come into question in recent years. When my colleagues and I, in American Catholics in Transition, analyzed the findings from our fifth national survey of Catholics conducted in 2011, we were struck by the steady pattern of decline in women’s commitment observable over the prior 25 years. Now, with data in hand from our sixth national survey of Catholics (“US Catholics weigh in on 2016 election in new survey,” NCR, Nov. 17, 2017), which we conducted in April 2017, it is opportune to assess where Catholic women stand in terms of their commitment to Catholicism.

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As we are still hostages of the patriarchal era, it's difficult to realise that at a moment in history, the center of everything is in a woman

Leonardo Boff, Iglesia Descalza Blogspot | December 17, 2017

The Christmas holiday is wholly focused on the figure of the Divine Child (Puer aeternus), Jesus, the Son of God who decided to dwell among us. The celebration of Christmas goes beyond this fact. Restricting ourselves to him alone, we fall into the theological error of Christomonism (Christ alone counts), forgetting that there are also the Spirit and the Father who always act together.

It is worth highlighting the figure of his mother, Miriam of Nazareth. If she had not said her "yes," Jesus would not have been born. And there would be no Christmas.

As we are still hostages of the patriarchal era, it prevents us from understanding and valuing what the gospel of Luke says about Mary: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the energy (dynamis) of the Most High will pitch His tent over you and therefore the Holy Begotten One will be called the Son of God."(Lk 1:35)

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Do You Love Me?
      A homily for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers | January 12, 2018

I was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada on the Feast of St. Andrew, November 30, 2017. Here is the text of the homily I preached the next day.

First Eucharist December 1, 2017
(attended by nearly 100 people from Anglican, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Pentecostal, United, Evangelical traditions and non-Christian persuasions)
Isaiah 55:6—11, Psalm 34, Philippians 4:4–9, John 21:15–19

It is rare that there is ever a legitimate reason to change the Scripture readings from what the Lectionary assigns. But somehow the doom and gloom in these last days of the church year clash a bit with the festive spirit present here today. So after appropriate Anglican consultation and permission I chose readings that speak into the new ministry I am beginning among you today as an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Canada.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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