Saturday, January 19, 2019

The pro-life movement has always been pro-women. Our priorities should reflect that.

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The priority given to Supreme Court nominations has left the movement vulnerable to being reduced to the role of supporting player within an overall conservative political agenda.

Blessed, But Also Ordained


Phyllis Zagano speaks during a symposium on women deacons Jan. 15 at Fordham University. Looking on is Jesuit Father Bernard Pottier (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
It’s been seven months since a papal commission handed in its report to Pope Francis on the history of women deacons, and the document remains another Vatican secret. But, based on the public comments of two commission members, it’s apparent that it strengthens the case that women “deaconesses” of ancient times were really ordained deacons.
If so, that would be a significant change from the findings of a 2002 study by the International Theological Commission [1], which advises the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It found that “the deaconesses mentioned in the tradition of the ancient Church—as evidenced by the rite of institution and the functions they exercised—were not purely and simply equivalent to the deacon.”

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Expecting extravagance

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Expecting extravagance

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Dolan raps Cuomo for singling out Church over child sexual abuse

Friday, January 18, 2019

LIVE STREAM: The Future of Women Deacons



LIVE STREAM: The Future of Women Deacons

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A Salt + Light live stream event from Fordham University 6 pm ET / 3 pm PT on Tuesday, January 15 In August 2016, Pope Francis established the Study Commission on the Women’s Diaconate to review ...read more

2019 no easier for Catholic Church, says Cardinal Marx

2019 no easier for Catholic Church, says Cardinal Marx


'We must make clear publicly that we are prepared to tackle the problem of sexual and spiritual abuse in the Church together'

Cardinal Reinhard Marx pictured 6 January
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The President of the German Bishop’s Conference has said that 2019 will be as difficult a year for the Catholic Church as 2018 was.
In a long interview for German daily newspaper KNA, published on 11 January, Cardinal Reinhard Marx discussed some of the main challenges the Church would face during 2019 including the February Abuse summit, the reform of the Curia and the Pan-Amazon Synod.
Asked what progress he hoped for on the abuse issue when the presidents of all the bishops’ conferences met in the Vatican at the end of February, Marx recalled that awareness of the abuse problem differed widely regionally. “Some local Churches have hardly addressed the problem of abuse at all yet, some are in the middle of discussing it and some have already launched measures to deal with it,” he pointed out.
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Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions

Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions

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Associated Press
January 17, 2019
By David Crary
Women have been elected heads of national governments on six continents. They have flown into space, served in elite combat units and won every category of Nobel Prize. The global #MeToo movement, in 15 months, has toppled a multitude of powerful men linked to sexual misconduct.
Yet in most of the world’s major religions, women remain relegated to a second-tier status. Women in several faiths are still barred from ordination. Some are banned from praying alongside men and forbidden from stepping foot in some houses of worship altogether. Their attire, from headwear down to the length of their skirts in church, is often restricted.
But women around the world in recent months have been finding new ways to chip away at centuries of male-dominated traditions and barriers, with many of them emboldened by the surge of social media activism that’s spread globally in the #MeToo era.
Millions of women in India this month formed a human wall nearly 400 miles long in support of women who defied conservative Hindu leaders and entered an important temple that has long been off-limits to women and girls between the ages of 10 and 50.
In Israel, where Orthodox Judaism has long restricted women’s roles, one Jerusalem congregation has allowed women to lead Friday evening prayers. Roman Catholic bishops, under pressure from women’s-rights activists, concluded a recent Vatican meeting by declaring that women, as an urgent “duty of justice,” should have a greater role in church decision-making.

Five reasons the pope's clergy sex abuse meeting in Rome will fail


Five reasons the pope's clergy sex abuse meeting in Rome will fail