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The Red Hat Society in Rome…a reminder?

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Sr Mary Luke Tobin was at Vatican Two

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Sister Mary Luke Tobin (May 16, 1908 – August 24, 2006) was an American Roman Catholic nun and one of only 15 women auditors invited to the Second Vatican Council, and the only American woman of the three women religious permitted to participate on the Council’s planning commissions.

One of 15 women – she commented:

The L. C. W. R. report also described the conditions contributing to the alienation of women from church and society and their consequent need of reconciliation with both groups. Let me outline briefly some of the alienating factors described in the report:

1. Patriarchy has been a prime concept for the perception and organization of reality. Patriarchy as a worldview of its very nature assumes the alienation of women. It places the male in the center of reality and makes the masculine normative.

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Mercy! Little old Ladies in Iowa – clueless or not?

They have 40 acres of prime SiliconValley Real Estate

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This cadre of women…sitting far, far away in little ol’ Iowa are ruling the roost in Northern California.

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The old women –  truly dedicated souls- did not sign  up to be Real Estate tycoons. They wanted to be nuns… To teach and be nurses.

Bam! All of sudden they have become responsible for a very  important school in California! They fired the Head of School who was way too progressive. Sports and Girls – indeed!

The Sisters of Iowa:   Do they pretend to know anything about California, Silicon Valley, single sex schools in Northern California?

They appear to be clueless about the sharp decline enrollments at one school. One huge reason 8th grade girls are not enrolling  is because there are no sports facilities. Smart young women who want to succeed in high school and then college know the high importance of a well rounded student…

 

The Sisters of Mercy – San Francisco – rock!

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California Catholic School Accepts Transgender Teacher

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May 16 2016 – 12:23pm | Associated Press

Gabriel Bodenheimer, a teacher and the English Department chair, speaks in class at Mercy High School for girls on Thursday, May 12, 2016, in San Francisco. Bodenheimer who came out as a transgender man at a Catholic high school in San Francisco has been allowed to keep his job by the order of the nuns that runs the school. The San Francisco Chronicle reports an order of the Sisters of Mercy announced its support for Gabriel Bodenheimer on Wednesday. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
A teacher who came out as a transgender man at a Catholic high school in San Francisco has been allowed to keep his job by the order of the nuns that runs the school.

An order of the Sisters of Mercy announced its support for Gabriel Bodenheimer, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“This is significant for us; we did not take this lightly,” said Sister Laura Reicks, president of the 16-state region of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community. “We feel because of our values, the choice was this, but that didn’t mean it was easy.”

Supporting the dignity of each person—regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identification—aligned with the order’s values, Reicks said

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Top Tips from Pope on Relationships

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“Love needs time and space; everything else is secondary. Time is needed to talk things over, to embrace leisurely, to share plans, to listen to one other and gaze in each other’s eyes, to appreciate one another and to build a stronger relationship. Sometimes the frenetic pace of our society and the pressures of the workplace create problems. At other times, the problem is the lack of quality time together, sharing the same room without one even noticing the other.”

Often the other spouse does not need a solution to his or her problems, but simply to be heard.
Pope Francis

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Sometimes, Just Listen

“Instead of offering an opinion or advice, we need to be sure that we have heard everything the other person has to say. … Often the other spouse does not need a solution to his or her problems, but simply to be heard, to feel that someone has acknowledged their pain, their disappointment, their fear, their anger, their hopes and their dreams.”

Accept Your Partner’s Shortcomings

“It does not matter if they hold me back, if they unsettle my plans, or annoy me by the way they act or think, or if they are not everything I want them to be. Love always has an aspect of deep compassion that leads to accepting the other person as part of this world, even when he or she acts differently than I would like.”

The fact that love is imperfect does not mean that it is untrue or unreal.
Pope Francis

… And Be Generous With Their Imperfections

“We have to realize that all of us are a complex mixture of light and shadows. The other person is much more than the sum of the little things that annoy me. Love does not have to be perfect for us to value it. The other person loves me as best they can, with all their limits, but the fact that love is imperfect does not mean that it is untrue or unreal.”

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“My advice is never to let the day end without making peace in the family,” Francis writes, then quotes himself from 2015: “And how am I going to make peace? By getting down on my knees? No! Just by a small gesture, a little something, and harmony within your family will be restored. Just a little caress, no words are necessary.”

Try To Find Your Partner Beautiful And Lovable … Even When They Make It Hard

“Loving another person involves the joy of contemplating and appreciating their innate beauty and sacredness, which is greater than my needs. This enables me to seek their good even when they cannot belong to me, or when they are no longer physically appealing but intrusive and annoying.”

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“[Irritableness or resentment is] a violent reaction within, a hidden irritation that sets us on edge where others are concerned, as if they were troublesome or threatening and thus to be avoided. To nurture such interior hostility helps no one. It only causes hurt and alienation.”

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Francis quotes a speech he gave in 2013: “Three words need to be used. I want to repeat this! Three words: ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’, ‘Sorry’. Three essential words!”

Love trusts, it sets free, it does not try to control, possess and dominate everything.
Pope Francis
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St Louis Bishop burns…Cookies fly – off the shelves

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After St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson encouraged Catholics to dissociate from the organization, The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri broke records at their annual fundraising event, where donors munched on various sweet treats inspired by Girl Scout cookies.

The event After St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson encouraged Catholics to dissociate from the organization, The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri broke records at their annual fundraising event, where donors munched on various sweet treats inspired by Girl Scout cookies.

The event brought in over $350,000, which tops every previous fundraiser the regional group has held, including the one that celebrated the organization’s 100th anniversary.
Whoa! Longtime donors and new donors stepped up to support the #1 organization for young women in America:

Much of the money was collected during the traditional paddle raise, where individuals publicly pledge cash donations. Donations from the paddle raise more than doubled to $93,000 from $42,000 last year. in over $350,000, which tops every previous fundraiser the regional group has held, including the one that celebrated the organization’s 100th anniversary.

 

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Hallelujah: Girl Scout Cookies 

Hello? Can Women Preach at Mass?

religious-730767__180See America Magazine on the Topic of Women On the Altar- Preaching at Mass

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“A series of essays in the semiofficial Vatican newspaper is urging the Catholic Church to allow women to preach from the pulpit at Mass, a role that has been reserved almost exclusively to the all-male priesthood for nearly 800 years.

“This topic is a delicate one, but I believe it is urgent that we address it,” Enzo Bianchi, leader of an ecumenical religious community in northern Italy and a popular Catholic commentator, wrote in his article in L’Osservatore Romano.

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It is time.

The Giving Season: what can you give – a smile, a song, time

berry-goodHo, Ho, Ho, did you know: The real Santa is within

Everyone who gives is “Santa.”

This year, today, embrace Giving.

It’s the little things – the way we give to others that brings joy to the world.

Giving is free and fills us with joy.

A wet red christmas ball What Can You Give?

• Give a smile or “Merry Christmas” to a stranger.

• Send a caring note to someone.

• Make a visit to a nursing home or hospital.

• Invite someone over for a meal or cup of tea.

• Make cookies for your neighbors.

• Offer to babysit for someone so they can take a nap or have a break.

• Share a meal with a single person or someone who doesn’t cook.

• Call someone who needs to know they are remembered.

• Give a ride to someone who cannot drive.

• Clean out Closets- give clothing you don’t wear to the homeless.

• Donate to a food bank. Help cook or serve at a local church or organization.

• Simply walk around your neighborhood and enjoy the lights.

• Silently bless each person who walks by.

• Say a prayer for everyone who needs one.

Be a happy guest.
Be a grateful receiver of gifts
All we give is a gift to ourselves.
You are a gift to your world.
… keep on giving.

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What Catholics really think about sin, divorce, re-marriage and birth control

Birth Control? – What percentage of Catholics use it? No big surprise…indexpillls photos

Divorce and Re-marriage?

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You read it here first: 

http://www.pewforum.org/2015/09/02/chapter-5-beliefs-about-sin/

Are we ready for Women Deacons? You betcha!

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The Old Boys Network….Average Age: 70, Single- Never Married- Never have had been a parent, a spouse, a significant other, a grandfather…given to wearing gowns, elaborate vestments, hats, large rings…

Have always depended upon the kindness of women – for support (financial, serving on Boards, filling the pews and the baskets.)

 However,they don’t feel women have a place on the other side of the altar.

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NEWS: An Archbishop from Canada stood up and called on the church “to clearly show the world the equal dignity of women and men in the Church” – and in particular “start looking seriously at the possibility of ordaining women deacons.” This is huge!

Pope Francis has repeatedly expressed the need for discussing an increased role for women in the Church. Archbishop Durocher is starting that discussion off with a bang!

We’re urging people of faith and people of good will to support Archbishop Durocher’s proposal. We can no longer sit back and lament the fact that one of the world’s largest institutions remains one of the last places where patriarchy and male domination is taken for granted. It’s time to take action.

We’ll be delivering the petition to bishops attending the Synod in the coming weeks.

Archbishop Durocher rightfully drew the connections between domestic violence, “male domination over women” and the role of women in the Catholic Church and expressed the need “to clearly show the world the equal dignity of women and men in the Church.”

He recommended the concrete proposals of having women assume decision-making roles in the Church and creating a process to ordain women deacons, an ordained ministry in the Church.

In the past, church leaders have ignored the demand for women’s leadership by saying no one was asking for it. If all of us raise our voices with Archbishop Durocher’s, we can get more leaders in the Catholic Church on board and create a groundswell of support.”

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AMERICA MAGAZINE

Is the Church Ready for Women Deacons?
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Oct 7 2015 – 10:03am | Carol Glatz – Catholic News Service

Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec, arrives for the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 4. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec, said the synod should reflect on the possibility of allowing for female deacons as it seeks ways to open up more opportunities for women in church life.

Where possible, qualified women should be given higher positions and decision-making authority within church structures and new opportunities in ministry, he told Catholic News Service Oct. 6.

Join Archbishop Durocher & urge Catholic bishops to consider greater roles for women in the church
After his historic request to look seriously at giving women more authority in the church, including ordaining women deacons,  sign the petition calling on leaders in the Catholic Church to discuss women’s leadership at the Synod on the Family.

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