“Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
See Sister Simone in Time Magazine Here
books and promotional materials backed by conservative clerics seeking to counter the liberal trend; and leaks to the news media, aimed at Vatican reformers. Get a grip…
Pope Francis has done more to raise interest and positive press for the Catholic Church…
while re-igniting and re-kindling interest by Collapsed Catholics who gave upon the Church decades ago…
Freshman year, girls in my dorm were invited to play on a Powder Puff football team for Homecoming activities.
Our coaches were a cadre of upper-classmen and a boyfriend.
Some of us had never watched, much less, played football. In the beginning, our practices resembled the Keystone Kops-controlled chaos – even a Hail Mary pass wouldn’t save us. A couple of girls were natural jocks and caught on quickly. We practiced once a week.
Friday nights, after practice we had kegger to celebrate. Our coaches were well intentioned and energetic but were clueless when it came to women – our brains, our strengths, problem solving, and team building.
On the big day, we played and lost – big time. After the game, beer flowed- there was lots of fist pumping and cheers for a fun -yet mediocre – experience.
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Pope Francis said the church’s marriage annulment process should be more efficient and perhaps even free of charge, and he decried any attempts to exploit it for profit.
“Some procedures are so long and so burdensome, they don’t favor [justice], and people give up,” the pope said. “Mother church should do justice and say: ‘Yes, it’s true, your marriage is null. No, your marriage is valid.’ But justice means saying so. That way, they can move on without this doubt, this darkness in their soul.”
The pope made his remarks Tuesday in a meeting with diocesan officials and canon lawyers enrolled in a course offered by the Roman Rota, the Vatican tribunal primarily responsible for hearing requests for marriage annulments.
Pope Francis said participants at the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family had expressed a desire to “streamline the process” of judging requests for annulments, and he noted that he had recently established a special commission to do so.”
What will transpire at the Synod?
...Pope Francis finds himself in a daunting position. His immediate predecessors, from Paul VI to Benedict XVI, seemed to lock the church into a series of positions—on divorce, contraception, sexuality, the celibate priesthood, the ordination of women, and homosexuality—that are at radical variance with the beliefs and practices of the majority of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics…
The New Yorker
OCTOBER 13, 2014
A Bombshell Document at the Vatican Synod
BY ALEXANDER STILLE
Last week, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told L’Osservatore Romano in reference to the Vatican’s highly criticized investigation of U.S. nuns, “Above all we have to clarify that we are not misogynists, we don’t want to gobble up a woman a day!”
“If the Vatican wanted to prove that they are not misogynists, they could start by removing the unjust mandate against the nuns,” said Deborah Rose-Milavec, a coalition spokesperson. She continued, “we remain inspired by the sisters courage in engaging church leadership while remaining faithful to the integrity of their calling. We promise our support as they pursue their mission to those on the margins despite attempts at institutional, sexist bullying.”
NunJustice representative Kate McElwee personally delivered the petitions to the Vatican on Friday, September 12, 2014, along with Spanish versions of Sr. Elizabeth Johnson’s books, “Consider Jesus” and “Quest for the Living God” “Catholics all over the world support LCWR in their commitment to stay at the table with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and address the unjust mandate it issued in 2012, “ said McElwee.
In addition, an estimated 200 private prayer services were also held during LCWR’s August 12-15 annual assembly. The campaign supporting LCWR and Sr. Elizabeth Johnson was sponsored by the NunJustice Project, a coalition of 15 U.S Catholic reform organizations. Johnson is the recipient of LCWR’s 2014 Annual Leadership Award.
In 2012 the CDF issued a statement accusing LCWR of promoting “radical feminist themes” and “corporate dissent” and detailed its intent to control speakers at the sisters’ annual assembly and to whom LCWR can present its annual leadership award. This past April Cardinal Gerhard Mueller harshly criticized LCWR and Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, singling her out for her scholarship
“At the close of their 2014 Assembly, LCWR sent a clear message: they are standing strong,” said Ryan Hoffman, another coalition spokesperson. “We are especially inspired by Dr. Johnson’s comments upon receiving LCWR’s 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award:
“When the moral authority of the hierarchy is hemorrhaging due to financial scandals and many bishops who … cover up sexual abuse of children, a cover up that continues in some quarters to this day, and thousands are drifting away from the church … the waste of time on this investigation is unconscionable,” .
“Elizabeth Johnson is right, said Rose-Milavec, “These committed, faithful women are serving the most disenfranchised among us. Women are making the radical dream of Jesus real in today’s world. It is outrageous that their work and ministry are even being called into question. “
Actions you can take:
1. Sign the online petition asking Pope Francis to retract the mandate and apologize to Sr. Elizabeth Johnson
Download our letter, add your own comments and send it to Pope Francis.
What is the Pope’s Phone Number? Excum Spiri-2-2-0
What’s the Pope’s Address
- His Holiness,Pope Francis PP
- 00120 Via del Pellegrino
Cita Del Vaticano
Send Pope Francis a copy of Sr. Elizabeth Johnson’s book, Quest for the Living God, in Spanish.
“Fans of Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino appreciate his willingness to say what’s on his mind, even if it’s unpopular or a public relations challenge.
A recent column by Morlino in the Catholic Herald, the newspaper of the Madison Catholic Diocese, has again lit up Catholic blogs. This time the topic is the hymn “All Are Welcome,” a Catholic staple, which Morlino has concluded is not appropriate for use at Mass.
The liturgy of the Catholic Church “always requires beauty in its celebrations,” Morlino wrote. Yet to be beautiful, something must embody “the truth,” he continued. Therein lies the rub.
“Some of the songs that we sing at liturgy contain lyrics which clearly are not true — for example, the song ‘All Are Welcome,'” Morlino wrote.
He went on to say that all are welcome who follow God’s will, “as spelled out through his son’s very body, the (Catholic) Church.” People who have little interest in doing God’s will “don’t fit the liturgy.” Also not welcome: people who, “by their own choosing,” suffer in hell for all eternity.
“It could therefore be concluded that the song, ‘All Are Welcome,’ is not beautiful so as to be appropriate for liturgical use,” he wrote.”
In second grade, at the St. Patrick’s Day talent show, Dick Riley recited a poem he wrote weaving in the surnames of everyone in our class. He cleverly used all 55 names and finished with a flourish that now seems more James Joyce than eight-year-old boy.
In grammar school I walked to school with the Murphys, the Donovans, and the Sullivans. I ate lunch with two Maureens, two Colleen’s, Mary Kate, Mary Ellen, and Mary Margaret.
On our street we had Burns, Burkes, Brennans, Callaghans, Monaghans, and the Falk families. The milkman was Mr. Walsh and the grocer was Mr. Kelly.
At our high school reunion: 50% of us had become collapsed Catholics.
60% of us were English majors; everybody had memories and memoirs. Mary Margaret Eileen Sullivan was once a nun and she kicked the habit and married an ex- Jesuit. They had one son at Notre Dame and another at Georgetown. Whereas few of us would be called good dancers, many of us knew 12 Steps.
Our heroes include James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney. And, of course, Billy Collins.
Corned Beef on Wry
Although we didn’t appreciate it at the time, we were lucky to have the Sisters of Mercy as teachers. Sisters Suzanne, Brian and Elise were the brightest of the bright; women of great vision, energy and humor. Thank you, sister.
With a flurry of funny cards, emails, texts, and phone calls, we salute St. Patrick’s Day and our proud Green- before our time- heritage.
Green with Envy!
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were held as early as 1737 in Boston.
The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York was 1763. They say the Irish are a creative contention, with ready wit, a quick retort, good humor and good fellowship.
Celebrate the day everyone wants to be Irish. Slainte.
“May those who love us, love us; and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.” Irish Blessing