Notable and Quotable:
Rather than washing feet,
I suggest looking Catholic
women in the eye and saying,
"You are my sister, equal in
every way to me," and
then changing structures accordingly. To atone for centuries of discrimination against women
will take more than
four clean female feet.
Mary E. Hunt
St Mary of Magdala 2013
Honor the Women of Vatican II
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Friday October 4
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Living the Legacy of Vatican II
With NCR columnist
and Cleveland "Vatican II Veterans" and "Next Generation" Vatican II leaders
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Saturday, May 4, 2013.
New York , NY Church vs Conscience: How Do We Advance Justice for Women? with Fr. Roy Bourgeois and Sr. Chris Schenk CSJ.
Judson Memorial Church
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Thursday, July 25, 2013, Cleveland, OH The Catholic Tipping Point: A Conversation with Fr. Helmut Schuller, founder, Austrian Priests' Initiative.Civic Center,
Independence, OH (watch website for details)
Friday October 4 and Saturday October 5.
Living the Legacy
of Vatican II 23rd Annual
FutureChurch program: Jamie Manson and others. Cleveland, Airport Marriott Watch website for details
November 1,2 and 3, 2013
National Call To Action Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Info at www.cta-usa.org
2014 Pilgrimage now being planned
March 20-27, 2014
Journey Of Discovery:
Rome & Ostia
A Pilgrimage to Archaeological Sites of Women Leaders
with Sr. Carolyn Osiek
and Sr. Christine Schenk
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Women and the Word education/advocacy kit
Tools to make visible the rich tradition of women leaders in the Church
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Renewed hope for optional celibacy
with Pope Francis?
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Is Pope Francis open to optional celibacy? In a 2012 interview about celibacy, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio noted that in the Eastern churches, priests can be married, and "they are very good priests." He said: "It is a matter of discipline, not of faith. It can change." Read more..
Argentine ex-bishop's widow wants Pope Francis to make priestly celibacy optional. She uses a wheelchair and carries the weight of her 87 years, but Clelia Luro feels powerful enough to make the Roman Catholic Church pay attention to her campaign to end priestly celibacy.
This woman, whose romance with a bishop and eventual marriage became a major scandal in the 1960s, is such a close friend with Pope Francis that he called her every Sunday when he was Argentina's leading cardinal. Read more...
UK Catholic lawmakers ask pope to relax celibacy rule
Twenty-one Catholic members of England's House of Commons and the House of Lords said in a March 25 letter to the pope that the celibacy rule should be changed to allow married men to be ordained priests where pastoral needs required it. Read more...
Sr. Chris Schenk delivering documentation of 19,000 optional celibacy postcards to Congregation for the Clergy
Let's make it 25,000 by next year!
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NPR/CBS cover FutureChurch Rome Pilgrimage
Sylvia Poggioli of National Public Radio accompanied FutureChurch pilgrims in our morning in Ostia, an excavated early Roman city. She mentions Sr. Chris's delivery of over 25,000 petitions and postcards asking the Vatican to restore the female daconate You can listen to Sylvia's inspiring three minute segment here..
And CBS Los Angeles did an informative segment on women's roles in the church...including FutureChurch's work for women deacons. Click on the video to view the story.
Finding Your Voice Teleconferences. This three part series is proving to be a great way to bring people together. The first two sessions reached over 100 people each.
Podcasts of the presentations are available if you were unable to join us or would like to share them with friends.
Join us May 22nd to learn more about the history of ordained women and how you can advocate in your parish for women to serve as deacons. FutureChurch wants you to find your voice and become a local organizer today!
January U.S. Catholic interview with Gary Macy on women's ordination: "The very important thing to realize here is that ordination didn't mean the same thing up through the 12th century as it would mean from the 13th century on. There's a huge shift in the definition...for over half of Christian history, ordination was the process by which a community picked a person to do a particular job, any job. The installation rite for that was called an ordination.... and they existed for both men and women in the church. Read more...
NCR summarizes women's ordination in first five centuries "By the third century, there are both male and female deacons, particularly in the Eastern church. There is abundant literary and inscriptional evidence of female deacons. ... From [the mid-third century] come several conciliar and episcopal condemnations of women presbyters ... It is highly unlikely that so many condemnations would appear about a nonexistent practice. The frequency of occurrences suggests a widespread practice. Read more...
Order A Million Voices Kit to continue discussion of priestly ordination in your faith community.
NunJustice project continues strong support of US Sisters. Since the Vatican's April 15 communiqué stating that Pope Francis reaffirmed the earlier actions taken against LCWR, over 500 people have downloaded resources from the nunjustice.org website and/or sent electronic paper communications to church officials, including the Apostolic Nuncio. Letters to the editor invited Pope Francis to "come and see" the good works sisters are doing in their cities and asking him to withdraw the unjust mandate. Visit nunjustice.org for resources
We were called sister "We were called Immaculata. We were called Concepta. We were called Chrysostom, Eusebius, and Stanislaus, after a Polish boy-saint. We were called Bernard, John, and Thomas after our fathers and Theresa, Elizabeth, and Maureen after our mothers. We were called Paul Kathryn and Robert Rita, pleasing both parents. Read more...
Sisters' Relate Experience of Visitation in their Own words
LCWR president asks Pope Francis to promote women
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View photos of hundred of national vigils here
Read FutureChurch Statement on mandate here
NCR Editorial strongly supports sisters "If the Vatican insists on carrying out its LCWR takeover, the group will have no choice but to end its canonical relationship with the institutional church. This is because the entire LCWR body almost unanimously voted last August to continue a dialogue with the bishops as long as the effort does not compromise LCWR integrity. At issue, in the final analysis, is not obedience. It is rather the dignity of every person and the rights of every person in the church, stemming from his or her baptism." Read more...
'Tainted by radical feminism'? More like 'living the Gospel'
Pope Francis and the Leadership Conference of Women
Religious (James Martin)
Michael Sean Winters critiques Sr. Laurie Brink
Disinformation permeates Vatican crackdown on nuns (Jason Berry)
Pope Francis reaffirms Vatican's punitive position on US nuns (Jason Berry)
Religious women press for change (James Carroll)
US Archbishop John R. Quinn advocates decentralized church structures Emeritus Archbishop John R Quinn of San Francisco recently published a book Ever Ancient, Ever New: Structures of Communion in the Church that advocates greater decision making authority for the world's bishops. In a recent interview with Vatican Insider, Quinn said: "A deliberative or decision-making synod would have several advantages. .... These members would be bishops actually involved in the pastoral care and government of a diocese in various parts of the world. ... In a world of rapid change and instant communication the ability to call on wide input such as this would be a very great advantage. " Read more...
Ad Limina outreach: some bishops open to optional celibacy and women deacons dialogue
In 2012, Future supported over 400 concerned Catholics from an array of Church renewal organizations as they contacted 42 dioceses prior to their every five year ad limina visit to Rome
Six bishops expressed openness to dialogue about optional celibacy. Eleven bishops expressed some level of openness to dialogue about women deacons. We are now following up.
Executive summary and comprehensive narratives, verbatim letters and responses listed by USCCB region available here.
New papal advisor, Cardinal Gracias, promoted day for gender equality On the evening of January 27, every parish, convent and seminary in the Archdiocese of Mumbai held an hour of prayer. The Cardinal Archbishop of Mumbai and President of the Bishops' Conference of India, Oswald Gracias, had declared a Day of Solidarity for justice, awareness and gender equality. Gracias, who was recently appointed one of seven international advisors to Pope Francis, expressed hope that the day would "announce a social transformation", because "contempt" against women has many faces - selective abortion, female feticide, discrimination, domestic violence and exclusion - and "causes great injury to men and society" Read more...
Lay group calls for return of Archdiocesan Pastoral Council The Council of the Baptized, a 21-member panel of Catholics looking to represent Catholic laity in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, is calling for the re-establishment of an elected Archdiocesan Pastoral Council. The council would consist of laity, clergy and hierarchy and its purpose would be to "facilitate communication among all baptized Catholics and to consult in pastoral planning to better serve the mission of the Church," Read more...
Visit Council of the Baptized website
Parish Closing and Appeals News
Chicago Catholics Appeal Planned Demolition of Church On Easter Sunday, members of St. James Catholic Church braved gray skies and chilly weather Sunday to protest the demolition of their beloved 132-year-old parish. They have appealed to Rome and are awaiting a decision. Read more...
Saginaw diocese to merge 106 parishes into 56.
At a January 20press conference, Saginaw Bishop Joseph Cistone announced his intent to reorganize the diocese's
109 parish communities reducing services at 53 churches. Some will stop holding regular services altogether. Some parishioners are appealing the decision. Read more...
Download Free Canonical Appeal Resourceshere
Order the Save Our Parish Community packet here.
Download Canonical commentary on Cleveland decrees by Sr. Kate Kuenstler here
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|Other Church News|
Swiss abbot urges change in how bishops are selected
A leading Swiss abbot Benedictine Abbot Peter von Sury is calling for a change in how bishops are selected, saying that the nomination process should include greater local input, and he wants bishops and theologians to join him in pressing for the change. "In our church we have serious structural problems. It is important to me that questions [such as clerical celibacy and women's ordination] simply be dealt with."
Cardinal leads rethink on same-sex civil unions
A leading Austrian cardinal has said that same-sex relationships should be respected and recognized in law amid signs of a change in church thinking on the subject.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, made the remarks in an April 8 lecture at the National Gallery evening titled "Christianity: Alien Presence or Foundation of the West?" on Monday. Read more...
US bishops to replace staffer behind theological investigations The U.S. bishops' staffer behind several controversial criticisms of Catholic theologians in recent years is stepping down. Read more...
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