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|Women and the Word for Educators: Free Sample!|
Includes essays, prayer services and student work sheets about notable
women such as Prisca, Phoebe, Dorothy Day and St. Mary of Magdala.
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God Alive in Every Generation
Women Leaders in Early Christianity CD and Presenter's Guide
Includes 43 images of catacomb frescos and sarcophagi friezes of early women leaders and an extensively researched 16 page presenter's guide. Click here to order |
A Million Voices Resource Ready to Download Educates about the use of Gospel nonviolence when a
Catholic's right and responsibility to speak on a "matter concerning
the good of the Church" (Canon 212.2) is violated. Info and download here
An important educational component is a CD audio recording of a 1999 debate at Georgetown University "Can a Woman Receive the Sacrament of Orders?" between Sr.Maureen Fiedler and Fr. Joseph Fessio. Click here to order ($8).
Another key resource is Richard Taylor's wonderful book: Love in Action: Gospel Nonviolence to Renew and Reform the Church Click here to order ($13)
|Claim Your Catholic Rights! |
American Catholic Council
June 10-12, 2011
Detroit Convention Center
Click for more info!
|(Discounts for Early birds) |
| Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America
new exhibit documenting the contributions made by US women religious in
the history of the United States opened last winter. It will run for
three years and has achieved significant critical acclaim.
View short videos and city venues here
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|Fund Established for Women Unjustly Fired by the Church.The Emily and Rosemary Fund was established to support women who lose employment in the Roman Catholic Church as the result of injustice or discrimination, and to help women who are working to bring about justice and equality in the Church. It is administered by Voice of the Faithful. The first round of applications opened August 10, 2010, and awards will be announced in late November 2010. Read more and apply...|
|Irish priests protest new English-language translation of the Mass The September 15 inaugural meeting of a new association to represent the views of Irish priests drew more than 300 priests, six times the number expected. Father Brendan Hoban, said "We believe the new translation, which is to come into effect next year, is over-complicated and over-Latinized. ... it's another example of the church trying to fix things that don't need to be fixed and not fixing the things that need fixing." The association said it also plans to work for "full implementation of the vision and teaching of the Second Vatican Council..." read more|
In Germany, the priests and people reacted so negatively to the newly translated funeral texts mandated by the Vatican that within a few months, the texts were withdrawn, and the bishops told the Vatican Congregation, "the new ritual must be considered a failure". They have now returned to the translation developed in the years following the Second Vatican Council.
For more info click on links below:
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
Three Belgium Bishops Question Mandatory Celibacy The new Bishop of Bruges Jozef De Kesel has questioned celibacy for priests and called for an open discussion
on the position of women in the Church. The bishop of Hasselt, Patrick
Hoogmartens and Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp have also said that married men should not automatically be
excluded from the priesthood. De Kesel was appointed to the Bruges
Diocese after the former Bishop Roger Vangheluwe resigned for sexual
abuse of his nephew during the 1980's. Read more..
Belgian church abuse probe finds 500 victims
Moscow Patriarchate Decries Obligatory Celibacy. The head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, recently said: "Orthodox believers think the problem of obligatory celibacy to be an internal matter of the Roman Catholic Church and they would only acclaim its cancellation, if it happens ... Eastern Churches have followed the ancient practice which allowed them to ordain married men."
German Bishops Say Church Must Discuss Taboos, Compensate Victims. The Catholic Church must be prepared to confront and discuss taboo topics such as sexual morality and the celibacy of priests, the head of the church in Germany, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, recently said. Read more...
Archbishop Wuerl Interviewed on Anglican Ordinariates in US. (but never mentions married priests) view video..
View New FutureChurch Optional Celibacy Video
SEND an Electronic Postcard asking to open
discussion of mandatory celibacy in the Church
DOWNLOAD a free So All Can Be at the Table Education/Advocacy Resource
Download a free Priesthood Sunday (October 21) prayer service.
FutureChurch Optional Celibacy Survey (2010)
Active Parishioners Ready for Change Read Survey results
|Honor The Priesthood- New! Priesthood Sunday Prayer Service: Every October, 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.
Free download here
Chicago Parishes Support Nuns, Petition for Optional Celibacy and Women Priests.
Two parishes in Chicago, Ascension and St. Giles gathered 600 signtures on a petition that began: "We, the undersigned, express our solidarity with Catholics who continue to seek equality and respect for American women religious, for those who practice feminist ministries and those who support women and married men who are called to ordination." Ascension Pastor, Fr. Larry McNally delivered the petition to Cardinal George who promised to take it with him to Rome. Read more...
Two Chicago Priests Helped Train RC Womanpriests.
Chicago Pastor Bob Bossie was willing to be public about his help in a
September 25 article in Time
magazine: "She asked me if I would mentor
her...if people ask me for help, I feel compelled to help, out of
respect and love. If God called me, why wouldn't God call a woman?" Read more:
| Nuns speak out on Vatican Investigation.|
Click here to view CNN Video
New US appointee to Congregation for Religious interviewed on CNN segment on RC Womenpriests.
View video here..
Vatican Conducts Apostolic Investigation of Regnum Christi. In the wake of the scandal surrounding the Legionnaires of Christ founder Fr. Maciel Delgollado, a Vatican investigation of a strict lay branch known as Regnum Christi has discovered a cult like regimen. Women in the sect led a "life regimented in excruciating detail, down to the way they eat an orange." Read more.
|News from Appealing Parishes|
Two Pastors Call on Vatican to Stop Cleveland Church Closings Two
high-profile Cleveland clerics are calling on the Vatican to stop
Bishop Richard Lennon from what they see as his destruction of the
Cleveland Catholic Diocese by a sweeping, reckless closing of churches,
mostly in the inner city. The Rev. Robert Begin, a Catholic priest, and
the Rev. Kenneth Chalker, a Methodist minister, have sent letters to
Archbishop Pietro Sambi in Washington, D.C.,
Bishop Richard Lennon, St. Peter Church in Cleveland at standoff.
Cleveland Bishop admits St. Peter Community Mass is valid but inappropriate.
Ex-parishioners mark anniversary of St. Stan's (Lorain) closing.
Springfield Church Wins Fight to Stay Open Parishioners at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Springfield, MA have won the fight to keep their beloved 100-year-old church open. They took out billboards, went on Facebook and persuaded the City Council to declare the church a historic landmark. They also developed a plan for the future, raised money and added 60 families to the roles. Read more... .
New Miami Archbishop Shifts Landscape for Pastors and Parishes Archbishop Thomas Wenski is rearranging pastors and may reopen some parishes to better serve Miami parishioners. Read more...
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|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.|
But first it hopes to encourage local and regional listening sessions to be held over the next 7 months.
Read about the April 21, 2010 Cleveland Listening Session
To download a free toolkit for sessions in your home, parish or small faith community click here.
For more info on the American Catholic Council, click here.
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