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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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The New Members of the Red Hat Society

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on Nov 19, 2016 including 13 electors from 11 countries.

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Three of the electors are from the United States:

  •   Blase Cupich (Chicago),

  • Kevin Farrell (formerly of Dallas and now prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life)

  • and Joseph Tobin (Indianapolis).

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Pope Francis announces Women as Deacons

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Huge Announcement

Pope Francis   Commission Women as Deacons  

 

Breaking news from the Vatican: “After intense prayer and mature reflection, His Holiness has decided to set up the Commission to Study the diaconate of women.”8561201931_e1a4d5eeb6_z

http://americamagazine.org/content/all-things/vatican-francis-announces-commission-women-deacons

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Que sera Sarah? Cardinal Sins…

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Cardinal Sarah is not funny…

Lifted from The National Catholic Reporter

“The Guinea native also appealed to all priests around the world to return to the pre-Vatican II custom of celebrating Mass versus orientem (facing East), or what is often called “priest with his back to the people”.

 

“This is a liturgical hot potato that the 79-year-old Francis had sought to avoid. In fact, he appointed Cardinal Sarah to his current job precisely in order to keep the peace with the neo-Tridentinists — a small, but well-organized, well-funded and extremely vocal group that gained prominence disproportionate to its numbers under Benedict XVI. It has been lukewarm (to say the least!) towards the current pope.”

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What He Said: 

Cardinal Sarah – He went as far as to say the dismantling of “the church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality and the human person” through the legalization of such things as same-sex marriage was just as horrible as the “merciless beheadings, futile bombings of churches, torching of orphanages and ruthless expulsions of entire families” that take place in other countries.

If that were not bad enough, Cardinal Sarah has also shown unwillingness to comply with even some of the simplest tasks related to his day job.”

Someone may turn his back on Sarah quite soon…

Slipped From National  Catholics Reporter

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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.
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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.
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… 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.
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Check out: Top 10 Secrets to Happiness – Pope Francis

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Pope Francis reveals TOP 10 SECRETS to happiness

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Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis’ secret recipe for happiness.

In an interview published Sunday in part in the Argentine weekly Viva, the pope listed his

Top 10 Tips for bringing greater joy to one’s life:

1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, “Move forward and let others do the same.”

2. “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”

3. “Proceed calmly” in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist — gaucho Don Segundo Sombra — looks back on how he lived his life.

“He says that in his youth he was a stream full of rocks that he carried with him; as an adult, a rushing river; and in old age, he was still moving, but slowly, like a pool” of water, the pope said. He said he likes this latter image of a pool of water — to have “the ability to move with kindness and humility, a calmness in life.”

4. “A healthy sense of leisure.” The pleasures of art, literature and playing together with children have been lost, he said.

“Consumerism has brought us anxiety” and stress, causing people to lose a “healthy culture of leisure.” Their time is “swallowed up” so people can’t share it with anyone.

Even though many parents work long hours, they must set aside time to play with their children; work schedules make it “complicated, but you must do it,” he said.

Families must also turn off the TV when they sit down to eat because, even though television is useful for keeping up with the news, having it on during mealtime “doesn’t let you communicate” with each other, the pope said.

5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because “Sunday is for family,” he said.

6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. “We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs” and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.

“It’s not enough to give them food,” he said. “Dignity is given to you when you can bring food home” from one’s own labor.

7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation “is one of the biggest challenges we have,” he said. “I think a question that we’re not asking ourselves is: ‘Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?’ ”

8. Stop being negative. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,'” the pope said. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”

9. Don’t proselytize; respect others’ beliefs. “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing,” the pope said.

10. Work for peace. “We are living in a time of many wars,” he said, and “the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive” and dynamic.

 

 

Carol Glatz Catholic News Service | Jul. 29, 2014 The Francis Chronicles Vatican City

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Humor Free Zone: Catholic Church Comedy of Errors and Airs

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Psst…No one is Laughing…

Sister Joan Chittister – a Rock Star Benedictine nun to some -and a Rock- to others-  dared to speak out…

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“But Chittister — now 79 and very much alive, thank you — has another reason why the time has come.

“All my professional life, I have spoken my heart out for the role of women all over the world. It’s a theological thing, a deeply moral thing, the determining issue for the integrity of the Church and the advancement of any state,” she told Religion News Service in an interview about the book.

“It’s time to acknowledge that this material is not just theological and rhetorical. It’s real. I’m not just talking from compassion, from a world I don’t know anything about. I’m talking about myself — and all social classes, all kinds of people.”

“I saw it as maybe my last major presentation on behalf of women who are trapped by circumstances of religion, law, custom, and culture,” said Chittister.

In the book and in interviews, she tells of joining the Erie Benedictine community “not as a refuge or escape from life, but for the kind of life I thought was possible — a Christian community as a model of peace.”

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http://www.cruxnow.com/faith/2015/10/27/sister-joan-chittister-the-maverick-nun-shares-her-secret-life/

 – In 2001, the Vatican forbade Sr Joan to speak on discipleship at a women’s ordination conference in Ireland.

Chittister spoke anyway.

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 Bonus: See Top 10 Reasons Men Should not be Priests

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Comedy of Errors (and bonus assignment!).”

Oh, Brother! Really? Fr Tom Reese asks the good questions

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“Thanks to a perceptive question by Thomas J. Reese, S.J., former editor in chief of America and currently a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter.

Brother Herve Janson, a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus, an order noted for its poverty and simplicity, was one of the participants at the daily press briefing. It was noted that he was also a voting member.

Father Reese asked, rightly, “What is the rationale for you being admitted to the synod and religious women not being admitted to the synod?”

What does that mean? Basically, Brother Janson is not ordained. Some may not be aware of this tradition, but you can be a member of a men’s religious order and not be ordained: thus the term “Brother.”

Brother Janson is neither a bishop, nor a priest, nor a deacon. Technically, his canonical “status” in the church is that of a layman. That is, he has the same “status” as that of a woman religious, or in common parlance, a Catholic sister. And the same status as a laywoman as well.

In response to Fr. Reese’s question, which produced some uncomfortable laughter from the other panelists (who immediately grasped the challenging nature of the question): Brother Janson said “That is a big question…I felt very uncomfortable …Before, the distinction was between cleric and lay. And now, it became between man and woman, exactly as you said very well…I asked myself the same question.” Strikingly, Brother Janson said he thought of refusing the invitation to be a voting member, out of solidarity with women religious.”

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See Fr Tom Reese: Five reasons the synod is doomed to fail  Here

“This is a serious failure for the Synod.

Previously, at least as far as I had known, it seemed that ordination was a prerequisite for voting. That is, there were priests who were appointed, in addition to the bishops, as voting members. There were strong theological arguments that could be advanced for that: it was a synod of bishops, and, in Catholic theology, priests participate in the ministry of the bishop through the sacrament of holy.”

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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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