RCWP Canada Monthly Review -- September 2018
  • International RCWP bishops call upon Pope Francis to establish a lay led ecumenical council to explore new structures for church leadership and church order
  • Metathesiophobia main obstacle to spiritual migration
  • Dancing My Life, Dancing My God
  • Binding The Strong Man
  • Letter from 1,091 women to Pope Francis
  • Charles Curran to a conference of about 500 moral theologians: A Critical Time for Bridge-Building: Catholic Theological Ethics Today
  • Roman burial art reveals forgotten women of Christianity
  • Church’s ordination ban on female ordination 'is misogyny, parading as theological abstraction' -- Irish Church must confront issues to avoid 'decline into irrelevance'
  • How Jesus’ female disciples who made Christianity happen were wiped from history
  • Archbishop Hunthausen embraced Vatican II, served people's needs
  • Romero’s theological reflection on social justice, sealed with his own martyrdom
  • Comments to the Editor
  • RCWP Canada Bishop's Message
  • Catholic Women Called -Teri Harroun
  • Catholic Women Preach now in podcast form
  • Des femmes prêtres et évêques dans l’Église catholique?
  • If what they have planned and done is of human origin, it will disappear, but if it comes from God, you cannot possibly defeat them. You could find yourselves fighting against God!
  • Episcopal Ordination Photo Gallery and Commentary
  • As traditional parishes decline, 'personal parishes' find new interest
  • Theology of the Body -- Pro and Con
  • Comments to the Editor
  • Pope Francis' enemies among conspiracy theororists; may inadvertently assist reformers
  • Free pdf down loadable books
  • Francis, the comic strip

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RCWP Canada Bishop's Message

Again the egregious wounds of sexual abuse by clergy and the institutional cover-up of these crimes have been exposed with the charges against, a former American cardinal, as well as the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Indictment. These are not local issues; they affect all the People of God.

On August 20th, Pope Francis wrote to the Whole People of God naming the sin of clericalism to be the systemic rot underlying the atrocity of abuse which has left thousands of victims psychologically, emotionally and spiritually traumatized – many beyond healing and being able to lead meaningful lives in loving relationships. What is not noted is the broader clerical/lay dynamic or the system of hierarchy and patriarchy and other forms of domination over others that accrue to those with clerical privilege.

Following are links to recent articles on this topic for your consideration. We all have a role to play in this serious issue that affect the church at its deepest level. We can not sit by and wring our hands; the day has come to be part of creating positive ways of dealing with patriarchy and clericalism by boldly calling out the shortcomings of the canonical church and living now the church we want to see for the future. RCWP Canada is among those leading the way in fostering dynamic, Spirit-led communities of mutual empowerment, transparency and accountability.

+ Jane

[Jane Kryzanowski is bishop for RCWP Canada and servant leader of Mary of Magdala Inclusive Catholic Community, Regina, SK.]

Catholic Women Called -Teri Harroun

Catholic Women Called, Youtube video | August 10, 2018

Teri Harroun shares how her call to priesthood allows her to live deeply into the person God created her to be in love.

Teri Harroun is pastor at Light of Christ Ecumenical Catholic Community in Colorado.]

Catholic Women Preach now in podcast form

Click on any of these for podcast:

and still on video and text -- click here.

Des femmes prêtres et évêques dans l’Église catholique?

ici.radio-canada.ca | 25 Juillet 2018

L'église catholique romaine des femmes prêtres défit l'Église catholique qui interdit aux femmes de devenir prêtres et évêques. L'animatrice Raluca Tomulescu en parle avec Marie Bouclin, de Sudbury, qui a été, en 2011, la première femme canadienne à être ordonnée évêque.

Radio-Canada Saskatchewan
- L'animatrice Raluca Tomulescu en parle avec Marie Bouclin

If what they have planned and done is of human origin, it will disappear, but if it comes from God, you cannot possibly defeat them. You could find yourselves fighting against God!

Wayne A. Holst, Colleagues List | July 29th, 2018

July 21st was an historic occasion for the Canadian Catholic Church in general and St. David's United, Calgary in particular.
For the first time in Canadian Catholic Church history, a woman was ordained a bishop on Canadian soil. St. David's had the privilege and opportunity to serve as the host facility for the event, since, obviously, no Roman Catholic parish in the country would be allowed to do so.
I sensed it to be a foretaste of the feast to come in which there would be no "winners" or "losers" but when the whole church would be renewed in Christ.
In the words of one of the speakers - "out of the ashes of older traditions, a new spirit was breaking forth."
As a Protestant attendee, I can attest that the atmosphere of the gathering, while truly unostentatious, could indeed serve as a model for many of our own important services. Indeed, I knew that the Holy Spirit was present here.
While the liturgy was grounded in biblical theology, a special place was reserved for the reading of an extra-canonical text, the Gospel of Mary (Magdalene). I was particularly drawn to the exchanges between Mary and some of the other apostles in that early Christian community where it was openly stated that Jesus had expressed a special love for Mary and this was recognized and appreciated by many of the others.
(Interestingly, our St. David's Bible Study Group had studied this extra-canonical text only last spring and the public reading I heard at worship today was good to experience in a worship context.)
Over all, there was a spirit of courage and hope, not a feeling of being abused by power or fear. In this time of social unrest on matters of gender, I found this experience to be particularly encouraging. These women had experienced abuse and marginalization, but they were not allowing this to define them. Here, I believe, is good advice for everyone.
The final words of Bishop Jane on this special day for her and all of us was this - "Don't let others define you. Instead, listen to the divine voice within you."
A final thought on the ordination experience came to me as I left this event. I was taken, in my spirit to the story of Gamaliel, a Pharisee and teacher of the law. His words were shared with his peers in the Jewish Council who were debating the fate of Peter and other apostles. I thought of their application here, and so I share them with you:

Acts 5:33-42 Good News Translation selections (GNT/TEV)

Gamaliel said:

“Fellow Israelites, "be careful what you do to these men...
And so in this case, I tell you, do not take any action...
Leave them alone!... If what they have planned and done is
of human origin, it will disappear, but if it comes from God,
you cannot possibly defeat them. You could find yourselves
fighting against God!”

[Wayne A. Holst is editor of Colleagues List, and welcomes subscribers.  Contact: wholst@telus.net]

Episcopal Ordination Photo Gallery and Commentary

Click her for photos and commentary relating to the Episcopal Ordination of Jane Kryzanowski as Bishop for RCWP Canada.

As traditional parishes decline, 'personal parishes' find new interest

Peter Feuerherd, ncronline.org | July 12, 2018

Sociologists call it the "Big Sort." Americans are increasingly choosing their own communities, clustering around like-minded people: liberals in coastal cities or college towns, Trump supporters in Southern red states and the middle of the country.

For better or worse, Catholics are not immune. Increasingly churchgoers are bypassing neighborhood parishes in favor of faith communities that deliver what they are seeking.

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Theology of the Body -- Pro and Con

Regina Bannan, Women's Ordination Conference | July 14, 2018

I am suspicious of any teaching on gender from the pope who issued Ordinatio Sacerdotalis prohibiting the ordination of women, but I don’t really know why feminists don’t like the TOB, as Gutierrez says, even though he says “it provides the doctrinal development needed to resolve all pending issues of human sexuality, including the ordination of women, LGBT issues, etc.”

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Link to transcripts of all 129 General Audiences of Pope John Paul II on Theology of the Body

I still have a few print copies of my book, Dancing My Life, Dancing My God. If anyone would like to have a copy of the book they can email me (kenju@sasktel.net) or phone 306-924-0577. Send me your address and I will mail it to you. No charge. If you found it worthwhile, please share it with others.

[Judith Pellerin, RCWP Canada Associate, Regina, SK]

For some time now, I’ve been meaning to thank you for the service your monthly RCWP reviews render so faithfully.

In particular, the recent sharing of RCWP events in Calgary.  I’ve printed copies to share with friends  both content and comprehensive span, for continued future reference.

We need to stay in touch one way or another, to keep the call to justice  moving forward actively, not merely preaching about it. Words are okay, as far as they go, but practicing what one is preaching gives us "compassionate empowerment"
— O’Murchu’s, among many others, favourite expression as the completion of words.

In prayerful contact,

[Anonymous, Victoria, BC]

Pope Francis' enemies among conspiracy theororists; may inadvertently assist reformers

Michael Sean Winters, ncronline.org | August 26, 2018

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s testimony proves one thing: The former Vatican ambassador to the United States is to the clergy sex abuse crisis what Oliver Stone is to the assassination of President John Kennedy, a trafficker in conspiracy theories who mixes fact, fiction and venom to produce something explosive but also suspicious. When you finish reading this testimony, as at the end of Stone’s 1991 movie “JFK,” you can only conclude that the product tells us more about the author than it does about the subject.

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Free pdf downloadable books and book-length articles:

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

Gaudete et Exsultate
     by Pope Francis

Why Women Should Be Priests
     by Roy Bourgeois


International RCWP bishops call upon Pope Francis to establish a lay led ecumenical council to explore new structures for church leadership and church order

Roman Catholic Women Priests Bishops Respond to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Findings | August 26, 2018

We, the undersigned international circle of Bishops representing the Roman Catholic Women Priests movement, state the following:

  • We thank the Pennsylvania State's Attorney for doing the work the Roman Catholic Bishops have failed to do and for disclosing the criminal conduct of hundreds of Roman Catholic priests and an estimated thousand child victims.
  • We condemn the conduct of priest sex offenders. We condemn the conduct of Bishops who conspired to cover up the criminal conduct of priest sex offenders and expanded the number of child victims by transferring offending clergy to new assignments.
  • We condemn the conduct of Bishops who failed to report clergy accused of sexual crimes to local law enforcement agencies for investigation and possible prosecution.
  • We condemn the conduct of Bishops who themselves engaged in sex offenses with minor victims.
  • We condemn the conduct of all clergy, priests and bishops, who engaged in the sexual harassment of adult women and/or men.
  • We believe the structure of priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church is bankrupt and corrupt and must be completely restructured.
  • We call upon the U.S. Bishops to tender their resignations as bishops subject to the acceptance or rejection of Pope Francis.
  • We call upon Pope Francis to establish a lay led ecumenical council to explore new structures for church leadership and church order, including:

1. the ordination of married men, women, and people of all genders;
2. the normalization of LGBTQ relationships and same sex marriage;
3. the establishment of a process for participation of local laity in the selection/election of their bishops;
4. the establishment of lay representation by 2/3 in all ecumenical councils for purposes of developing and setting Roman Catholic theology, policy, self-understanding and practice.

  • We are aware that this sexual abuse crisis is a worldwide crisis, occurring on every continent where the Roman Catholic Church has a presence. This crisis dramatically affects all of God's people.
  • Healing and renewal in the Roman Catholic Church can only begin after a serious accounting of its hierarchy. A recall of the current, collective leadership and a non-hierarchical restructuring of the Church is imperative in order to heal the grave wounds to the body of Christ and move the Church into the 21st century.

+Marie Evans Bouclin, (Sudbury, ON, Bishop Emerita, RCWP Canada)
+Merlene Olivia Doko, (Pismo Beach, CA, Bishop Emerita, RCWP-USA)
+Patricia Fresen, (Stuttgart & Capetown, RCWP Germany and South Africa)
+Joan M. Clark Houk, (South Bend, IN, RCWP-USA, Great Waters Region)
+Andrea Michele Johnson, (Annapolis, MD, RCWP-USA, Eastern Region)
+Jane Kryzanowski, (Regina, SK, RCWP Canada)
+Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, (Pettenbach, RCWP Austria/ Europe)
+Nancy Louise Meyer, (Indianapolis, IN, RCWP-USA, Midwest Region)
+Ida Raming, (Stuttgart, RCWP Germany)
+Suzanne Avison Thiel, (Portland, OR, RCWP-USA, Western Region)
+Jane Via, (San Diego, CA, RCWP-USA, Western Region)

Contacts for RCWP Canada:

Jane Kryzanowski
Regina, SK
Marie Bouclin
Sudbury, ON

Metathesiophobia main obstacle to spiritual migration

New Ultramontanists': Why do some Catholics fear change?

Brian Flanagan, ncronline.org |
August 13, 2018

"When the Pope thinks, it is God who is thinking in him."
—Louis Veuillot

"I should like a new Papal Bull every morning with my Times at breakfast."
—William George Ward

These two quotations seem shocking today, and were, in fact, shocking to many in their own time; they come from two 19th-century journalists Louis Veuillot and William George Ward. Veuillot, Ward, and others were at the vanguard of a theological, cultural and political movement within the Roman Catholic Church named "ultramontanism" — "over-the-mountain-ism."

Ultramontanism looked over the Alps that separated Germany, France, Ireland and England from the pope in Rome, promoting him and a particular theology of the papacy as a bulwark against Enlightenment rationalism and the forces of change in the 19th century.
. . .

John Noonan's magisterial A Church That Can and Cannot Change: The Development of Catholic Moral Teaching is just the most thorough treatment of how in relation to slavery, usury and marriage church teaching on morals has changed, sometimes radically, in the past. And for those converts to Catholicism for whom the conservatism and stability of the era of John Paul II and Benedict XVI was the refuge to which they fled from the upheavals and relativism of the past forty years, this new experience of development, however minor or gradual in the wider horizons of church history, will be a profound test of faith.

And yet, as John Henry Newman famously wrote, "To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often." Continuing to share the good news of the life of the church, a life that involves change, is one additional task for theologians and church leaders for this time in our history.

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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 Spirit-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.  Click here to read up to and including Chapter 3.]


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 Ordinary Time, RCWP Canada semi-Monthly Review posts links to Myers' comments.]

Letter from 1,091 women to Pope Francis

Dear Pope Francis,

We are Catholic women writing to you from around the world. We thank you for your wise leadership of the Church and for your pastoral concern for the realities of life in all its many challenges and struggles. We welcome the spirit of compassion, joy and mercy that you are encouraging in our faith, and we commit ourselves to working with you and all church leaders for a more just and sustainable world.

We also appreciate your desire to involve women more fully in the life of the Church. In that context we are encouraged to read the new Statute of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life issued on 8 May, 2018. We note that the tone is pastoral, compassionate and non-judgemental with regard to some of the struggles faced by women, including the call to responsible procreation and the acknowledgement of difficult challenges relating to pregnancy and abortion. We are in agreement with all that is said there.

However, we are concerned about Article 9, which reads as follows:

The Dicastery works to deepen the reflection on the relationship between men and women in their respective specificity, reciprocity, complementarity and equal dignity. Valuing the feminine “genius”, it offers a contribution to ecclesial reflection on the identity and mission of women in the Church and in society, promoting their participation.

This makes a number of assumptions about the nature of women, and it suggests that women might be an object of study rather than partners in dialogue. Many of us have serious concerns about the term “feminine genius”, for we believe that the qualities it refers to should be common to all Christians, and are not unique to women. We also think that concepts such as “specificity, reciprocity, complementarity and equal dignity” have yet to be developed and interpreted in a way that takes full account of women’s lived experiences, gifts and abilities.

You often insist that realities must come before ideas, yet as far as women are concerned we still too often find ourselves referred to more in the language of ideas than in language that expresses the rich diversity of our lives in different cultures and contexts. For this to change, we believe that there needs to be a wider and more representative range of women engaging in dialogue with the hierarchy. Your deep and inspiring reflection on dialogue in Amoris Laetitia paragraphs 136 to 141 would be an excellent guide as to how such dialogue should be conducted.

Many of us would be willing participants in such a process of dialogue for the good of individuals, families and communities around the world, and we offer our services to you as partners and co-workers in Christ.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

[This letter was written by women of Catholic Women Speak and Voices of Faith on 10th May, 2018.  Click here for the list of 1,091 women who signed the letter.]

Charles Curran to a conference of about 500 moral theologians: A Critical Time for Bridge-Building: Catholic Theological Ethics Today
Charles Curran, National Catholic Reporter | July 28, 2018

In this significant conference we are talking about contemporary moral problems we are facing in the world today such as corruption, ecological devastation, and climate change. My charge is to develop what the Catholic moral tradition has to say about these and similar problems. I will often refer to these problems using the broader phrase of justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. I propose that Catholic tradition at its best has three important considerations that bear on dealing with these moral problems we are facing today.
1) It is not enough just to determine whether an act is right or wrong, but there is a need to make what is right more present in our society.
2) The consideration of the morality of acts is not enough. Attention must be given to the person who can bring about change.
3) Other actors based on the principle of subsidiarity.

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Roman burial art reveals forgotten women of Christianity

Laurie Brink, ncronline.org | July 11, 2018

By Christine Schenk, CSJ
480 pages; Fortress Press; 2017

Is there such a thing as reverent glee? If so, then that's how I would have described St. Joseph Sr. Christine Schenk as she bounded among the ruins of ancient Cenchreae, the location of the house church of the deacon Phoebe during a travel program I led. There is something about standing in the place mentioned in our Scriptures that stirs us, and reminds us that our ancestors in the faith were real, historical folks. In this case, a first-century woman whom the Apostle Paul called "our sister, who is [also] a diakonos of the church at Cenchreae" (Romans 16:1).

It is this sense of immediacy that permeates Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity. This connection across the expanse of time makes what could have been a recitation of dusty facts into an engaging read.

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Church’s ordination ban on female ordination 'is misogyny, parading as theological abstraction' -- Irish Church must confront issues to avoid 'decline into irrelevance'

Sarah MacDonald, The Tablet | August 3, 2018

The Church needs to confront its teachings on issues like celibacy, female ordination, its theology on sexuality and its hierarchical structure, otherwise it will continue to decline into irrelevance, Fr Kevin Hegarty has warned.

In his address to the annual Magill Summer School in Co Donegal, the Co Mayo priest called for a new Church Council to map out a paradigm for the future.

A member of the Association of Catholic Priests’ leadership, Fr Hegarty’s talk was titled ‘Irish Catholicism - Will it survive? Does it matter?’

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How Jesus’ female disciples who made Christianity happen were wiped from history

Candace Sutton, news.com.au | July 28, 2018

Jesus Christ had prominent female disciples who made his religious mission possible, but their pivotal role was wiped from history.

Mary Magdalene who, despite popular culture, was not a prostitute, a noblewoman named Joanna and a healer called Salome were among his close circle.

And Joanna, who had been married to an official of Judaean Roman leader Herod Antipas’ noble clique, funded Jesus’ itinerant travelling band.

Biblical historians Joan Taylor and Helen Bond have undertaken new research which convinces them that the 12 disciples actually travelled in pairs with their female partners.

And by forensically examining the New Testament, the pair unearth a trail of clues they believe will rewrite the origins of faith for millions of Christians around the world.

Taylor and Bond believe that Mary Magdalene became an important figure in a town on the Sea of Galilee.

They also say that Joanna fled Herod’s court and financed the disciples’ spreading of the word and healing.

“For 200 years the story of Jesus and his twelve disciples has been a very male affair,” the historians’ TV series, Jesus’ Female Disciples: The New Evidence says.

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Archbishop Hunthausen embraced Vatican II, served people's needs

Ken Briggs, ncronline.org | Aug 6, 2018

Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, who died July 22, didn't set out to be a thorn in the side of John Paul II's reaction against key elements of the Second Vatican Council. In fact, when Rome abruptly clamped down on the archbishop in the 1980s, branding him a troublemaker, he was largely unknown outside his Seattle diocese, let alone as a firebrand. At home, his notoriety was largely as a peace activist who protested nuclear weapons in Puget Sound. It was a far cry from the Vatican's suspicion that he was a church outlaw.

This portrait became more sharply etched in my reporting when the roof fell in on the archbishop. He was accused of violating a list of official Catholic practices, from letting divorced, remarried Catholics take Communion to inviting gays and lesbians to meet in his cathedral and kindling talk of women filling all roles in the church.

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Romero’s theological reflection on social justice, sealed with his own martyrdom and based on his preferential option for the poor, constitutes a great contribution to the ideal of Christian justice and the international implementation of human rights in our globalized world.

Rafael Domingo, academia.edu | September 1, 2018

A Christian martyr for the gospel of social justice, and a man of deep spirituality and great ethical stature, Óscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador during years of brutal government and paramilitary repression, is a towering figure in the recent history of El Salvador and Latin America. Since his murder on March 24, 1980, while he was celebrating the Eucharist, his legacy and cultural influence have only grown. For decades, in life and after it, he was controversial and often manipulated, branded as both a communist and a conservative, as a provocateur of the Salvadoran civil war (1980 –1992), and a leader of people’s liberation and human rights.
Many political, military, and ecclesiastical authorities in and outside his country harshly criticized Romero’s attitude and behavior. Salvadoran oligarchs denounced him repeatedly, but not so the hundreds of thousands of peasants who confirmed as true what Romero wrote about his own mission: “The ministry that God[…] has given me is, like the one given to Moses, to lead our people to the Promised Land.”

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