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In This Issue
10,000 Changes in Missal Translation?
Bishop Robinson, Fr. Cozzens Speak Boldly
Honor Your Parish Priest
Amazing year for St. Mary of Magdala Celebrations
New Vatican Appointee Positive about US Women Religious
"Catholic Voices For Reform" organize ahead of Papal visit
News from Appealing Parishes.
Celebrate WOC's 35th Anniversary!
Clergy Sex Abuse/Accountability Links
Altar Girls End Gender Impurity?
Book Review:...Receiving the Counci
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10,000 Last Minute Changes in Missal Translation? Cardinal Francis George announced August 20 that controversial translations of the new Roman Missal will be launched in Advent 2011.  But behind the headlines, observers say as many as 10,000 unprecedented last minute changes were made over the past six months.  Some believe this amounts to a "strong apologetic for the rejected 1997/1998 sacramentary" which was shelved after ten years of work in order to produce these new translations purportedly closer to the original Latin. It could just be that Fr. Michael Ryan's What if We Just Said Wait? initiative had a profound effect.

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USCCB comparisons of priests and people's parts

For Explanatory Commentary

FAQ: The New English Missal Translation

Use of new Roman Missal to begin in US at Advent 2011

Bishop Robinson, Fr. Cozzens Speak Boldly     At the annual  meeting of Austrailia's National Conference of Priests, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson and Fr. Donald Cozzens both both spoke forthrightly about the need for optional celibacy and other changes in the church.

Bishop Geoffrey Robinson: "In the most male dominated civil society, at least men have a woman at home to have some influence on them. In the church, not even that is present."

Fr. Donald Cozzens: "Isn't there a touch of arrogance in [the church] stating that God will give the charism of celibacy to a man who wants to be a diocesan priest?"

Robinson also charged that George Pell was appointed cardinal of Melbourne solely to receive a red hat and become a papal elector. Read more...

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FutureChurch Optional Celibacy Survey (2010)

Active Parishioners Ready for Change Read Survey results
Honor Your Parish Priest - New! Priesthood Sunday Prayer Service: Every October 31, Catholics honor our priests who often must work double duty in this time of priest shortage.  This new prayer service affirms priests who like St. Paul, embraced the celibate charism in their service to God's people. It also includes a prayer that Church leaders will welcome into the Latin rite those who, like St. Peter, embrace their call to priestly service as married men. Prayer for women deacons included too.

Great for parishes, prayer groups, book groups or other gatherings.

Includes: 2010 service, tips for planning a Priesthood Sunday celebration, sample press release, two sample op eds, postcard templates, fact sheets, reproducible artwork, bibliography, and more.

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Amazing year for St. Mary of Magdala Celebrations  We now know of 369 celebrations that took place in July and August.  Over 30 were outside the US. The energy and powerful witness of celebrators around the world continues!    Although the celebrations varied in language, styles of prayer, and venues, all honored faithful women witnesses in the early Church and today.

Please help us evaluate this project by telling us more about your celebration (If you did not have a celebration, consider having one next year). 

Consider asking your pastor, liturgy committee, or small faith community to discuss programs on:

Restoring women leaders in lent and holy week.

Women in the Ministry of Paul

Women Leaders from Archaeology

Sr. Chris Schenk's America Article: Its Not All About Eve

Sr. Ruth Fox's Women in the Bible and Lectionary
New Vatican Appointee  Positive about US Women Religious. Redemptorist Fr. Joseph Tobin hopes to offer the Vatican a "different picture" of women religious in the United States. On August 3, he was appointed to the number two position in the Vatican's Congregation for Religious.  He was quoted saying he suspects the choice of an American known to be sympathetic to women religious may reflect awareness of "just how badly" a controversial Vatican investigation of women's orders has been received. Read more...

Women Religious Address Visitation, Global Outreach From August 12-16, some 750 leaders of 1500 US religious communities met at the annual meeting of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in Dallas. They heard from two well known theologians, M. Shawn Copeland and Richard Gaillardetz, and outgoing president, Sister Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA. After this input, the assembly discussed both the apostolic visitation of all US orders of Catholic sisters, as well as a separate inquiry being conducted by the Vatican on the position of LCWR in matters pertaining to Catholic church doctrine. Noting the solidarity expressed by women religious worldwide, they unanimously approved a resolution to strengthen bonds with women religious globally.  Read more

Dallas bishop welcomes LCWR - with media absent

Theologian implores LCWR to remain prophetic

Women religious experiences have implications for entire church

LCWR initiatives have global reach
"Catholic Voices For Reform" organize ahead of UK Papal visit.  A Catholic speakers' bureau is being launched ahead of next month's papal visit to provide alternative views on controversial church issues such as child abuse, women's ordination, married priests and homosexuality. A more conservative group, "Catholic Voices," has been training for months to articulate more traditional church positions. The new organisation will call for a wholesale transformation of the papacy and the Vatican. Read more...

UK Prelate Predicts New Phase in Church

London bus ads to back women priests during pope's visit
News from Appealing Parishes

Community of St. Peter Celebrates Mass 
After Bishop Richard Lennon suppressed their vibrant parish, members of Cleveland's St. Peter parish organized a new Community of St. Peter to stay together and continue their ministry to the urban poor.  They leased commercial space and celebrated their first Mass on Sunday, August 15 with  Pastor Fr. Bob Marrone presiding.  "The Community of St. Peter holds to the fundamental teachings and doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church," said parishioner Bob Zack of Independence. "We consider ourselves neither a focal point of dissent nor a schismatic organization."  St. Peter's is one of 12 closed Cleveland parishes with appeals pending in the Vatican.

St. Peter split from diocese symbolizes defining moment for all Catholics: Regina Brett

Bishop Richard Lennon seeks meeting with breakaway Catholics

Bishop Lennon Letter to Cleveland Parishes

Priest, trustees from breakaway St. Peter parish willing to meet with Bishop Lennon

Voice from the rustbelt re: Eucharistic Solidarity Mass

Boston Parishes Appeal to Pope Benedict  St Jeremiah and other Boston parishes remain in vigil despite the denial of their appeal by the Vatican's Apostolic Signatura. They plan to appeal the desanctification of their church and to join others in an Extraordinary Recourse to Pope Benedict.

Related Stories

Renegade Priest Leads a Split St. Louis Parish (NY Times)

Showdown in St. Louis (Commonweal)

Breakaway Polish church in Missouri rejects archdiocese's reconciliation deal

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Celebrate WOC's 35th Anniversary! Featuring the Chicago premier of the film Pink Smoke Over The Vatican a documentary about the women's ordination movement.
Saturday, September 18, 2010

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Rosemary Radford Reuther on  Women priests offer differing approaches to valid ordination

Traditionalist Anglicans split over response to ordaining women bishops
Clergy Sex Abuse/Accountability Links A round up of significant links about the worldwide clergy sex abuse scandal

Plaintiffs Drop Sex-Abuse Suit Against Vatican (Wall Street Journal)

Vatican welcomes US plaintiffs' decision to end abuse lawsuit (Catholic News Service)

Lawyers: Other suits aimed at Vatican to continue (AP)

Police Raid on Belgium Church called unlawful (NCR)

Pope will not accept resignation of Dublin auxiliary bishops (Catholic News Service)

Vatican rejects resignations of 2 Dublin bishops (AP)

Some Bishops Questioning Clerical Culture (NCR)

With flower-petal 'snow,' Cardinal Law leads Mass at St. Mary Major CNS (scroll down)

Permitting Altar Girls Ends Idea of Gender Impurity An article published Aug. 7 in L'Osservatore Romano notes that  "The exclusion of girls from all of this, for the sole reason of their being female, has always weighed heavily and represented a deep inequality within Catholic education..". Permitting girls to assist at the altar "has meant the idea they were impure because of their gender came to an end" and has meant girls, too, "could live out this extraordinarily important formative experience," it said. The article came the same week Pope Benedict XVI met with more than 53,000 altar servers from Europe during his Aug. 4 weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. The majority of young pilgrims, aged 14-25, were female -- 60 percent, according to organizers. Read more...
Book Review:  Receiving the Council: Theological and Canonical Insights and Debates Liturgical Press (2009)
book reviewBy: Ladislas Orsy
Review By: Barbara Riviello Guerin

Receiving the Council is an objective yet personal diagnosis of the state of the Catholic Church's highly centralized and authoritarian organizational structure and its impact on the ability to realize the value of the Second Vatican Council. The author focuses on the theological understanding of the Church as a communion and how the role of the hierarchy should flow from that as compared to the role of the hierarchy which has evolved and is perpetuated at the present time by the Vatican.  Read more...
Sponsor a Listening Session On the Future of the Church  The American Catholic Council is a new coalition of organizations, communities and individuals organizing "discussion at every level of the Catholic Church in the United States to consider the state and future of our Church." The coalition will convene a nationwide conference on Pentecost 2011 (June 10-12) at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan.

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