RCWP Canada Monthly Review -- July 2018 

  • Dancing My Life, Dancing My God
  • How would foreign policy change if women held the reins of diplomacy?
  • Pope Francis says Jesus changed history by ending women’s second-class status in society
  • Binding The Strong Man
  • The Law of Three
  • Why did Vatican's doctrinal prefect reaffirm 'definitive' teaching on women priests?
  • The tragic attraction of fundamentalism; all religious traditions seem to favor compliance and stability over enquiry and dissent
  • Comments to the Editor
  • “I ask no favours for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is to take their feet off our necks.”
  • RCWP Canada prepares to ordain new bishop this month in Calgary
  • Government seeks help from Catholic coalition to push papal apology
  • No leadership role for women in church, Violet Fahlman, pastoral studies graduate will use her knowledge in her business
  • Pope Francis wishes liberation theologian greetings on 90th birthday
  • Catholic Women Called - Vikki Marie
  • Free pdf downloadable books
  • Francis, the comic strip

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RCWP Canada prepares to ordain new bishop this month in Calgary 

Editor, RCWP Canada Monthly Review | June 1, 2018

On July 21, 2018, the eve of the feast of St. Mary of Magdala, Jane Kryzanowki of Regina will be ordained bishop for RCWP Canada, replacing Marie Bouclin of Sudbury who is retiring as bishop after serving for seven years.

Jane Kryzanowski, Regina, SK, bishop-elect

According to the bishop-elect, "The Spirit of God appears to be moving among the people of God, calling women to be priests."  Marie and Jane are among women who have heard the call and responded. Small faith communities are coming together asking for the pastoral services of women. The merging of these two streams -- the call of the Spirit and the call of people -- is gaining momentum across Canada. Women priests are serving in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchwan, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Jane Kryzanowski will be the first Roman Catholic Woman Priest to be ordainerd bishop on Canadian soil.

In conjuction with the episcopal ordination, the RCWP Canada community is inviting the public to a presentation by bishops from Canada, the United States, and Europe on the growth and development of the women's ordination movement. It will be held Friday evening, July 20, 2018, 7-9 pm, the EEEL Building, 750 Campus Drive NW, University of Calgary. (Use Parking - Lot 21), Calgary, Alberta.

Marie Bouclin, Sudbury, ON, retiring bishop

The ordination itself is by invitation only, but anyone may obtain an invitation, which will give details of time, place and date, by writing to the invitation coordinator at rcwpcanada@outlook.com

Government seeks help from Catholic coalition to push papal apology

Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News | May 30, 2018

The Minister of Indigenous Affairs Canada, has asked the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, a coalition of Catholic groups, to help government efforts to obtain a papal apology for the Church’s role in residential schools.

“As an essential component of healing and reconciliation, the survivors of Canada’s Indian residential schools and their families deserve an apology from the Pope on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church,” said Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett in a May letter co-signed by Senator Murray Sinclair, the former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and NDP MP Charlie Angus, who recently co-sponsored a motion to invite a papal apology that passed with all-party support in the House of Commons on May 1.

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No leadership role for women in church, Violet Fahlman, pastoral studies graduate will use her knowledge in her business

Staff. CBC News | June 7, 2018

Violet Fahlman would've been eligible to retire about 15 years ago, but instead she's graduating from the University of Regina's Campion College with a degree in pastoral studies — at age 80.

Fahlman said that when she graduated high school in 1956 women got a job, married and had kids. That's what she did, building a contracting company with her husband.

"The hours were long and the stresses high," Fahlman said to CBC Radio's The Morning Edition on Wednesday. "My health began to fail and I had no mental clarity, so that kind of motivated me to look for a healthier lifestyle."

Though she wanted to be a nurse when she graduated, Fahlman said it was while attending her daughter-in-law's convocation that she noticed a student had earned a degree in pastoral studies.

It was something that interested her as a long-time volunteer at her church, so she enrolled in the program in 2014.

"I felt it would give me a broader and deeper understanding of my faith," she said.

​Fahlman, who is Roman Catholic, said she will use the knowledge she gained from her studies within her current business, rather than use it in the church.

"I see that it's still extremely patriarchal and misogynistic. There isn't really a role for women for leadership in that church," Fahlman said.

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Pope Francis wishes liberation theologian greetings on 90th birthday

The renowned Peruvian Dominican priest, philosopher and theologian, regarded as one of the founders of liberation theology, turned 90 on June 8. Pope Francis sent a letter to Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez with birthday wishes and assurance of his prayers.

In the letter dated 28 May, Pope Francis underscored the "theological service" of Fr. Gutirrez and his "preferential love for the poor and the discarded of society".

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Catholic Women Called - Vikki Marie

Catholic Women Called, Youtube video | May 29, 2018

Rev. Dr. Victoria Marie shares the difficult discernment to leave her religious community to serve as priest to people who feel left behind.

Rev. Dr. Victoria Marie is a priest of RCWP Canada, serving Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community, Vancouver, BC]

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

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.  The introduction is this month's installment.]

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How would foreign policy change if women held the reins of diplomacy?

Chris Herlinger, Global Sisters Report | June 7, 2018

"Women in their struggles know what it means not to be included. Out of that awareness, we must include everyone for a flourishing of life." We talked to a number of Catholic sisters with experience at the United Nations about the values women would bring to the formation of foreign policy.
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Pope Francis says Jesus changed history by ending women’s second-class status in society

Crux Staff, Crux | June 15, 2018

Pope Francis on Friday said women suffer from a throwaway culture, and Jesus “changed history” by ending women’s second-class status in society.

Speaking during his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae - which featured the Gospel account of Jesus speaking about “committing adultery in your heart” - Francis said Jesus’s words about women acknowledged their equality with men, when before they were little more than “slaves” that did not “even have complete freedom.”

“Jesus’ doctrine about women changes history. Before Jesus the view about women was one thing but after Jesus they are another,” Francis said, according to Vatican News, a service of the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication.

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Radical Discipleship, radicaldiscipleship.net | June 10, 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.  Each Sunday, we will post excerpts from Myers’ comments on the lectionary reading of the day.  Today’s passage is Mark 3:20-35, the episode in which the book is named after.

But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. (Mark 3:27)

Mark has come clean: Jesus (a.k.a. “the stronger one” heralded by John, 1:8) intends to overthrow the reign of the strong man (a.k.a. the scribal establishment represented by the demon of 1:24).  In this parable the oracle of Second Isaiah lives again: Yahweh is making good on the promise to liberate the “prey of the strong (LXX, ischuontos) and rescue the captives of the tyrants” (Is 49:24f).  Imperial hermeneutics, ever on the side of law and order, will of course find this interpretation of the strong man parable strained, offensive, shocking.  Yet Mark drew the image of breaking and entering from the most enduring of the primitive Christian eschatological traditions: the Lord’s advent as a thief in the night (Mt 24:43 par; I Thes 5:2; 2 Pt 3:10; Rev 3:3, 16:15).

[RCWP Canada Monthly Review will link to this extraordinary commentary on the Gospel according to Mark -- four installments at a time.]

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The Law of Three -- Conflict Resolution

Richard Rohr, Center for Action and Contemplation | June 5, 2018
Cynthia Bourgeault, a faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation, explores the profound metaphysical Law of Three. Understanding and consciously participating in this principle can help us welcome new, surprising resolutions that free us from our usual binary and oppositional way of operating in every arena of life from personal relationships to politics.

Cynthia explains the foundational principles of the Law of Three:

  1. In every new arising there are three forces involved: affirming, denying, and reconciling.
  2. The interweaving of the three produces a fourth in a new dimension.
  3. Affirming, denying, and reconciling are not fixed points or permanent essence attributes, but can and do shift and must be discerned situationally.
  4. Solutions to impasses or sticking points generally come by learning how to spot and mediate third force, which is present in every situation but generally hidden.

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Why did Vatican's doctrinal prefect reaffirm 'definitive' teaching on women priests?

According to the doctrinal prefect, himself, Archbishop (soon to be Cardinal) Luis Ladaria, essentially saying, "Because we said so, exactly 10 years ago."  But in his own words: "Sowing these doubts creates serious confusion among the faithful . . . "

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According to British theologian John Wijngaards, "Yes, there is confusion among the faithful, but not because they doubt the validity of their inner sense of what is genuinely Christian and Catholic, but because the persons who are supposed to guide them keep ignoring their just concerns."

"Confusion is healthy if it leads to a process of honest reassessment," added Wijngaards, professor emeritus of Missionary Institute London and founder of the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research.

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According to Bridgid Mary Meehan, Bishop of Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, "Why [bring this up] now, 10 years later?" Meehan asked NCR. "What's up with that? Maybe they want us to issue a progress report."

Tell them, she said, "Yes, we keep growing and flourishing."

According to Marie Bouclin, Bishop of Roman Catholic Women Priests Canada, the point has often been made, and here it is again, that the Vatican always restates the "circular argument from authority" - - "This is so because we say so and we say so because it has always been so." - - ignoring research and historical evidence to the contrary. 

It's interesting that the Vatican never addresses the five Rahnerian arguments about what is to be "definitely held" by all the faithful. It is very frustrating that the sensus fidelium is never taken into account, nor the opinion of even the (male) bishops of the world, nor Catholic theologians (unless they toe the party line), nor the Holy Spirit.

We sojourn on in spite of them and pray to be obedient to God rather than these men.

According to Christine Schenk, a Sister of St. Joseph, Jesus founded a movement led by both women and men.  Vatican statements on women priests are invariably ahistorical and biblically naive. It is embarrassing.

Worse, they bear false witness to the Jesus of history and are ultimately destructive to the body of Christ. As a contribution to the ongoing conversation about women's roles in our church, here are a few examples from mainstream scholarship about Jesus and the female exercise of authority in early Christianity.

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According to Anthony Ruff, OSB, Editor of Pray Tell Blog, "Did Ladaria think the restatement was needed as a reassurance now because the Vatican commission on women deacons will be issuing a positive report?

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According to Kate McElwee, Executive Director, Women's Ordination Conference, while the Vatican hierarchy continues to insist on closed doors and exclusionary policies, Catholic women and women priests are working for justice, serving the needs of the people of God, and making a positive impact on the world. 

Recently, Pope Benedict's top aide, Archbishop Georg Gänswein was quoted saying: "I am of course aware that there is a noisy movement which has as its main ideological goal the fight for the female priesthood."

To all the noise-makers and trailblazers: thank you! Congratulations on being part of the "noisy movement" that follows a path of justice and conscience.

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The tragic attraction of fundamentalism; all religious traditions seem to favor compliance and stability over enquiry and dissent

Myron Pereira, South Asia Journal | June 6, 2018
"The 21st century will be religious, or it will not be at all," said the French writer Andre Malraux.For many of us, weary of the atheist ideologies of fascism and communism, which wrought untold suffering upon millions during the last century, the return to a public religious awareness was greeted with a sigh of relief.But this was short-lived.

The death of ideology was followed by the return of religious fundamentalism — the rigid grip of medieval religious beliefs upon every aspect of life, a rigidity moreover shared by almost every religious tradition.

So why religious fundamentalism, and what explains its hold upon so many of our contemporaries?

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Thank you for this issue (June, 2018) of the RCWP Canada Monthly Review.  It is a voice for justice and equality in our church.

Patricia Orban RNDM, Regina, SK

“I ask no favours for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is to take their feet off our necks.”

Stephan Boissonneault, vueweekly.com | May 29, 2018

RBG -- The movie gives Ruth Bader Ginsburg the spotlight she has earned.

Even though she’s five-foot-nothing and probably weighs about 90 pounds, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of The United States, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a powerful force to be reckoned with. At 85-years-old she still holds the justice title (even though many officials have told her to retire), and essentially holds up the liberal backbone of the Supreme Court.

With early beginnings as a professor at Rutgers, teaching a women and law course, leading the societal shift toward women’s rights in the 1970s, co-founding the Women’s Rights Project with the American Civil Liberties Union, and rising to mainstream popularity for her famous “I dissent,” opinions earning her the meme title “Notorious R.B.G,” Ginsburg has certainly had an interesting life. She’s already in the history books, yet no medium truly summarizes her journey as well as the documentary RBG, which released early this month.

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July 1st and Fourth of July

"God keep our land glorious and free...In God we trust..."  Right?


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