|Put Women Back in the Biblical Picture during Holy Week and Easter |
Women and the Word:
Concrete ways to restore biblical women to our sacred liturgical celebrations.
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|Claim Your Catholic Rights! (and Responsibilities)|
American Catholic Council
June 10-12, 2011
Detroit Convention Center
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Read Rights and Responsibilities
|April 10 Early Bird Deadline|
| FutureChurch Preconference before|
American Catholic Council
June 10, 2011
(early bird rates available)
Keynote Sr. Louise Akers
with panel of activists.
Daylong teach-in on
principles of community organizing, gospel non-violence and
FutureChurch's proven systemic change resources.Info and Register here
Inspirational Videos on Vatican II by Fr. John O'Malley SJ
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 |
|So All Can Be at the Table|
and Women Deacons
To send an electronic postcard asking to restore women deacons,
To send an electronic postcard asking to restore optional celibacy
|A Million Voices: Gospel Nonviolence for the Life of the Church|
Educates about 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. ($5.00) 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)
|Organize to keep |
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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. |
For a free sample packet to give to your favorite high school religion and Spanish teachers, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Purchase A celebrating Women Women Witnesses packet click here
Spanish resources also available. click here
SAVE THE DATE!
FutureChurch Annual Benefit: An Evening with Jason Berry
Thursday, October 13, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Jason Berry achieved prominence for reporting on the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis in Lead Us Not Into Temptation (1992). USA Today calls him "the rare investigative reporter whose scholarship, compassion and ability to write with the poetic power of Robert Penn Warren are in perfect balance."
Berry's book Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church will be published in June, 2011.
Jason Berry's website
NPR interview on Vows of Silence
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NPR's Sylvia Poggioli helps us celebrate 20 years.
Sylvia (center front) and FutureChurch staff
Sylvia Poggioli gave scores who flocked to Cleveland State University's Drinko Hall on February 3 their chance to meet and to hear the woman of the "golden voice" whose keen analysis of world events they had listened to for almost 20 years. Senior European correspondent for National Public Radio's foreign desk, Poggioli reports from Rome, Italy; she added with amusement, from the attic of the walk-up apartment near the Vatican where she lives. Read more...
During April and Easter...
Celebrate St. Mary of Magdala
(and other women of Holy Week)
"There once was a follower of Jesus who loved him enough to have the courage to watch him be crucified. He, in turn, loved her enough to choose her as the first to know of his resurrection." Kathleen Housley
As we prepare for the Easter Season, please share the story of St. Mary of Magdala and other women of Holy Week with those in your faith community, especially youth, who may not know there were women disciples in Jesus' life and ministry.
Instantly download a FREE brochure, prayer service and teacher worksheet about St. Mary of Magdala.
Instantly download for $1.00 an essay, prayer service, and teacher's worksheet in SPANISH about St. Mary of Magdala $1.00
Click here for resources to restore biblical women leaders to Holy Week, and the Easter Season
Click here to order the complete Celebrating Women Witnesses and More! Celebrating Women Witnesses resource packets
Tell us what you think of new missal translations
We have posted a sampling of the new missal translations on our website. Click here to review, then email email@example.com and let us know what you think.
"What if we said 'wait'?" Vatican won't. A prominent Catholic pastor in Seattle is "letting go" of his campaign against a new Latinized translation of the church liturgy, but not his convictions in starting it. "It is the people who will have the last word on the new missal once it is introduced," Fr. Michael Ryan, pastor of St. James Cathedral, said in a Sunday morning homily. Read more...
Germans pray Church will rethink celibacy (NPR) "In Germany, calls are going out for the Catholic Church to rethink some of its basic principles, including the rule of celibacy for priests.... Many say the celibacy rule is partly to blame for a shortage of clergy. By 2020, two-thirds of parishes in Germany might not have their own priests. .. Theologians and even well-known conservative Catholic politicians, like Hermann Kues, are asking the church to rethink celibacy, especially since it's not a doctrinal requirement." Read more and listen to NPR All Things Considered story
Send New E-Postcards asking to open discussion of mandatory celibacy and women deacons.
View FutureChurch Optional Celibacy Videos
Download a free So All Can Be at the Table education-advocacy resource.
FutureChurch Optional Celibacy Survey (2010) Read Survey results
After 2008 Synod exhortation, lectionary advocacy continues. Benedict's recent post-synod exhortation from the 2008 Synod on the Word is a beautiful meditation on the Bible event though it did not directly address any of the fifty-five proposals sent by synod bishops. FutureChurch's follow up initiative generated several thousand postcards to the Congregation for Divine Worship asking to address the exclusion of biblical women leaders in the lectionary. We received some positive responses from Vatican officials and plan to continue our advocacy now that the postcard phase is completed. Read more...
Read full text of Pope's exhortation, Verbum Domini
Read Sr. Ruth Fox's article about women deleted from the lectionary
Give a program in your parish! Women Leaders in Early Christianity Presenter's Guide and CD (with powerpoint images) Info and to purchase
For info and to order FutureChurch Celebrating Women Witnesses resources click here.
Majority of US Catholics back gay rights in survey
"The big finding here is that American Catholics are at least 5 points more supportive than the general population across a range of gay and lesbian issues," said Robert Jones, chief executive of the Public Religion Research Institute, which conducted telephone surveys of 3,000 Americans." Read more...
Bishops again denounce New Ways Ministry. The publication of a new booklet Marriage Equality: A Positive Catholic Approach, by Francis DeBernardo, Director of New Ways Ministry, has prompted two US Bishops' committees to reaffirm a year-old statement that the organization is not Catholic. A description of the booklet on the organization's website says US Catholics are supporting same-sex marriage and that Catholic laypeople do not follow what the church teaches against same-sex marriage. Read more...
Statement of Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director, New Ways Ministry,
Vatican denies female head of CARITAS a second term: Upheaval compared to ICEL takeover
Dr. Lesley Anne Knight, Secretary General of CARITAS, was recently prevented from reapplying for her job by Vatican Cardinal Bertone even though she was widely respected and supported by CARITAS member groups (Catholic Relief Services being one). Some believe this could be similar to the Vatican takeover of English liturgical translations from ICEL "...the candidate is elected by the members, not appointed by the Holy See. The Vatican's only role is to ensure that they are in good standing with the local Church. 'If Knight was in good standing with the Church four years ago, what has changed?' asks Knights' predecessor, Duncan MacLaren. " Read more...
And more analysis here
John Allen interview of Lesley Ann Knight
Women and the Word: End the silencing of Catholic women FutureChurch has made substantial progress in our work to bring to visibility women leaders in the Church, both past and present. Advocacy with Rome is important and so is reaching out to Catholics here at home. To address both, FutureChurch has two new initiatives:
New Women and the Word education/advocacy kit. This free download includes tools that encourage our parishes, small faith communities, schools and dioceses to make visible the rich tradition of women leaders in the Church. Sample educational programs on women in scripture and church history, articles by scholars and activists and sample postcard and background info about women deacons are also included (Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified when it becomes available in mid April)
International campaign to restore the tradition of women deacons. In December 2009, Pope Benedict made changes in canon law that according to female diaconate expert, Dr. Phyllis Zagano, "may have ended the controversy over whether women can be ordained deacons." FutureChurch has added an electronic postcard in six languages asking to open the permanent diaconate to women Read more and order or send a postcard
Related Articles Is the Vatican Opening the Way For Women Deacons?
Eight Reasons to Restore Women Deacons
Eugene Kennedy unmasks conservative attack on Cardinal Bernardin (analysis)
Ed note: If you are looking for an in depth explanation of events leading to the selection of bishops who failed to address clergy sex abuse, here it is. A key player who retires November 4, is Cardinal Bernard Law. Here are salient quotes from a recent article by Eugene Cullen Kennedy, a prolific author, psychologist and confidante of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin who critiques an article "The End of the Bernardin Era"by conservative George Weigel that appeared in the February issue of "First Things".
"What, indeed, lies behind this attack on [Joseph Cardinal] Bernardin if not his need to make other church leaders and their activities less visible to the public? ... The writer [Weigel] thereby reveals what he is so anxious to conceal -- the real name of the "machine" that is running out of gas and the prelate whose "era" is coming to an end...
He cannot distract us from Cardinal Bernard Law...who was and remains a member of the [Vatican] council that makes bishops, and pleased John Paul II by forwarding only candidates for the bishopric who had never spoken a word on any controversial issue. The resulting crop of generally non-creative but intensely orthodox bishops took their cues from Law on everything, including how to manage, as he thought they could, the already developing scandal of sex abuse by their priests...
In 1985, Law restrained the National Conference of Catholic Bishops from funding a proposal made by a group headed by Dominican Fr. Thomas Doyle to investigate the still covered up sex abuse problems among priests....Had Law acted differently he might have saved grief for thousands of victims and mitigated the most serious scandal the church had suffered since the Reformation...
The gods of irony shuddered, however, for they sensed that Law's Nixonian bravado was contributing to his own downfall after the sex abuse in his own archdiocese exploded in The Boston Globe just after New Year's Day in 2002 and he was forced to resign before Christmas." Read more...
Catholic scholars say infallibility widely misunderstood.
"...Almost every teacher of Catholicism will tell you this: People have mistaken notions of what the faith believes about infallibility. 'It's not,' theology professor Margaret O'Gara says, 'like a hotline to God.'" Read more...
OTHER CHURCH NEWS
Philadelphia scandal calls into question bishops' reporting system. Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali's move to place 21 priests on administrative leave calls into question whether the system the U.S. bishops set in place in 2002 has protected children, say victims' advocates. Terry McKiernan of BishopAccountability.org said: 'No doubt there are priests who remain in ministry in other dioceses and no doubt review boards there are doing pretty much what they did in Philadelphia, which is protect priests in the system instead of protecting the children." Read more...
Report "puts cloud over" church efforts to prevent abuse, says official
Cardinal places 21 Philadelphia priests on leave as inquiry continues
Bishop Hubbard says Cuomo's right to Holy Communion is a private matter. Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany recently said that it was not appropriate for church officials to comment on whether specific elected officials should be allowed to receive holy communion. Hubbard made his comments at a news conference after meeting with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to discuss the state budget, same-sex marriage and other issues. Read more...
Northwest Jesuits to pay $166 million to sexual abuse victims
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