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Hello? Can Women Preach 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.


It is time.


Hey! Women are already serving priestly roles

1fa14fb0“It’s time that we acknowledge that women are already serving priestly roles,

and that the church benefits from women’s service and perspective…

Too often we lose sight of the priestly work that’s being done

without bishop-presided ordination.”

–Sister Simone Campbell

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“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

Bold, Brave and Brilliant: Fr Pablo d’Ors – in favor of women priests

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“Spanish priest Fr Pablo d’Ors, a consultant to the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, yesterday said he was “absolutely” in favour of opening up the priesthood to women.

Speaking in a candid tone that appears to take its cue from the frank debate at the recent Synod of Bishops, Fr d’Ors told Italian daily La Repubblica: “Am I in favour [of the ordination of women]? Absolutely, and I am not the only one. The reasoning which claims that women cannot become priests because Jesus was a man and because he chose only men [as his apostles] is very weak. That is a cultural consideration not a metaphysical one.”

Were it not for the fact that Fr D’Ors is one of 30 consultants due to report to a meeting of the Pontifical Council for Culture (PCC) in February, his comments might have little significance.

However, the PCC’s meeting in the Vatican will be focussed on the role of women in the Catholic Church today….”

The Irish Times  Paddy Agnew  Nov 6, 2014


Tweet the Pope: We Stand with the Sisters



“Thousands ask Pope Francis to remove unjust mandate against U.S. Sisters”

 Catholics are coming together in

unprecedented fashion to support U.S. women religious.

Over 17,500 signed petitions or sent letters to Pope Francis asking him to remove the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s unjust mandate against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an organization representing eighty percent of all US Catholic sisters.


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!”

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“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

2. Tweet Pope Francis @Pontifex “We stand with the Sisters!”

3. To help Pope Francis learn more about feminist theology, send him copy of Sr. Elizabeth Johnson’s book, Consider Jesus, in Spanish.

Send Pope Francis a copy of Sr. Elizabeth Johnson’s book, Quest for the Living God, in Spanish.


A Nun on the Bus – and in the driver’s seat, too


From Network Lobby


“Last week, Sister Simone Campbell was on the Tavis Smiley show to talk about her new book, “A Nun on the Bus.” They discussed healthcare, immigration reform, Rep. Paul Ryan, and what it means to live a faith that does justice: “I describe my spirituality as ‘walking willing,’ going to the places where I’m led, and letting people break my heart over and over. I discovered when my heart is broken, it’s broken open, so there is room for more people, and then hope is released.”




Huff Post Loves Nuns on the Bus, too!


The Nuns on the Bus are the trusty road warriors of Network, calling attention to America’s yawning social injustice and calling us to do better. Consider their message on poverty. They recognize that hunger is a widespread and growing problem in the United States. And they know that in a rich country like ours, the only reason some people go to bed hungry is because of flaws n the system — or, in other words, the structural sin Pope Francis has so eloquently criticized.

And hence the Nuns have worked hard to oppose budget cuts that would worsen Americans’ access to affordable food. Not only that, they recognize that food and income are linked. People who are paid inadequate wages cannot afford decent meals, no matter how strenuous their efforts to help themselves. Hence, the good sisters have begun a campaign to raise the minimum wage. Child poverty is a sin in a nation like ours. And child poverty is worsened by poverty-level wages. Raise the minimum wage and you begin to address the root cause of childhood poverty. “Worker justice” is a moral imperative. It is a way of curing structural sin…”



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A Nun on the Bus   The Book

In the summer of 2012, Sister Simone Campbell and a group of fellow Roman Catholic nuns toured parts of the country to rally support against Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget, a plan that cut vital social programs for the hurting poor and the struggling middle class.

Prayer groups turned into rallies and small town meetings became national media events. Sister Simone became a galvanizing force for progressives of all stripes and remains a driving force for programs and policies that support faith, family, and fairness.

Rooted in a deep spirituality of compassion and service, Sister Simone gives voice to the hunger, isolation, and fear that so many people in America are feeling right now and shows us how we can create real transformation in our communities and in our own hearts through the contemplative life of prayer.

Powerful, inspiring stories from the Nuns on the Bus tour and from Sister Simone’s own life offer readers a fresh vision for a lived spirituality that is at the heart of today’s progressive Christian movements working for change.

Sister Simone Campbell goes to Washington! Look out!

coverFrom Network Lobby  October 14, 2013

“Tomorrow, Sister Simone Campbell will be going to congressional offices with other religious leaders to demand that legislators stop the partisan bickering and act responsibly.

The government shutdown is now almost two weeks old, and many people are suffering – especially those at the economic margins. We ask you to be with her in spirit and to contact your legislators to demand action.

There is currently a glimmer of hope that there may be a resolution to this mess. Pray with us that it happens!”


Huge: Sister Simone Campbell lauded by Nancy Pelosi

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The following essay is part of a series in which dozens of women will reveal what women they most admire.

The series is part of “Women Rule,” a unique effort this fall by POLITICO, Google and The Tory Burch Foundation exploring how women are leading change in politics, policy and their communities. See more essays here.

‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

For many Americans of different faiths, these words from the Book of Proverbs are sources of meaning and inspiration.

For Sister Simone Campbell, these verses mean more: They are a call to action, a pledge to be fulfilled. And they are the driving force behind Nuns on the Bus — a tour that started in Iowa 16 months ago and continues to advocate for “all people who struggle in the margins.”

Sister Simone is the executive director of Network, the Catholic social justice lobby that has tackled some of the nation’s most critical social issues.

(WOMEN RULE VIDEO: A look at some of women stepping up and taking charge)

She has demonstrated that health care reform is about more than politics and grandstanding; it is about people. It is about the realization of our moral obligations to care for the sick. It is, as Sister Simone once said, “the way to affirm life.” Network released a letter of support for the measure that said, “While it is an imperfect measure, it is a crucial next step in realizing health care for all.”

Sister Simone didn’t stop there. When the House Republican majority took up its budget in 2011, Sister Simone quite literally took to the streets to oppose it.

She didn’t simply speak out. She gathered her fellow nuns, hopped on a bus and started showing our nation the real-life impact of the Republican proposal: how it would decimate services for the poor and the hungry; how it would upend the lives of students in schools and seniors on Medicare; how it would undermine the basic security, stability and livelihoods of low-income and middle-class families.

(See all Women Rule essays)

She noted that the GOP budget proposal “failed a basic moral test, because it would harm families living in poverty.” To the Nuns on the Bus, the budget was a challenge to the conscience of our nation — and their consciences would not permit them to stay silent.

Most recently, the nuns wrapped up a 6,500-mile, 15-state expedition taking up the cause of immigration reform.

The nuns are pushing for a “faithful way forward” that would protect family unity and workers’ rights and provide a path to citizenship for all undocumented workers.

The Nuns on the Bus have recognized that each wave of immigrants reinvigorates our society and our culture; that every person deserves respect and dignity; that every newcomer deserves a fair shot at the American dream. Their principles are shared by House Democrats: to enact reform that secures our borders, unites families, protects workers and provides an earned pathway to citizenship. Their efforts are rooted in the belief in the very character of our country.

(Also on POLITICO’s Women Rule: Oprah Winfrey: Leading from her self)

For Sister Simone, the command to defend the rights of the poor, the destitute and the needy is her life’s work — so she traveled across the country to highlight the stories of countless Americans and to connect the debates in Washington to the communities members of Congress are elected to serve.

Recently in church, I heard a priest caution against people who “pray on Sunday, then prey on other people during the week.” Sister Simone prays every day — in church, in her actions, in her interactions with every person she meets and every community she serves.

This commitment is founded in the tenets of Scripture — that we must “not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Indeed, Sister Simone and the Nuns on the Bus have discovered the angels in our midst and made us all aware of their presence and their yearning for equality.

Earlier this year, I heard Sister Simone share the stories of DREAMers she met across the country. She told us of a 17-year-old woman, brought to the United States as a child who refused to let her parents drive without a license for fear that the family would be separated forever. She told us of a 19-year-old DREAMer who is raising her younger siblings. She told us about the men and women she is fighting for, and everyone present was struck by the response she is evoking: It is personal; it is passionate.

If there’s a single phrase to describe Sister Simone, it is “compassionate conviction.” With bravery, with courage, with optimism, she is focused on the common good. She is a champion for the cause of peace and justice. She has the will and the drive to do right.

These are the qualities that define Sister Simone — and that make her an inspiration to millions of Americans, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. These are the characteristics that remind each of us of our own responsibilities to speak up, to judge others fairly, to defend the rights of the poor and needy.

These are the values that Sister Simone drives home, on a bus and in our communities — and that we should each strive to live by each day, in Congress and in our country.

Nancy Pelosi, the first female speaker of the House, is the House Democratic leader.


Nancy Pelosi on Sister Simone
By: Rep. Nancy Pelosi
October 10, 2013 05:04 AM EDT



2013 Gratefulness for our angels

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Angels of the Hours

A guided meditation through music and chant offering an opportunity to contemplate the monastic hours and live in the real rhythms of the day.


There are angels in our midst


Hurrah! Sr Joan Chittister speaks with clarity and eloquence

Wanted: women of spirit in our own time

Aug. 11, 2010 By Joan Chittister

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The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is meeting in Dallas this week under scrutiny from Rome and with a cloud hanging over its head.

What shall we think about such a time as this when the women religious who have built, carried, led and staffed every work of the church from the earliest days of this nation to this present time of turbulence and transition are being accused of being unorthodox, unfaithful, and unfit to make adult decisions about what they need to hear and who they want to have say it?

The problem is that in the face of opposition they have also been unafraid.

What shall we think about that? Think David, maybe, who confronted the giant Goliath; think Moses, perhaps, who faced the Red Sea with an Egyptian army at his back; think Judith and her handmaiden, certainly, who routed Holofernes and saved the city; think Shifra and Puah, without doubt, who refused the order to murder Jewish newborns and so saved the nation. Think Mary of Nazareth and Mary of Magdala who stood as independent women alone and unblinking. Think moment of decision.

Then think of the foundresses of every religious order you have ever known who came to the United States without money, without professional resources, often without the language, and commonly without support — even from the church — to deal head on with the social justice questions of their time and so saved the church in the process.

“Women & Spirit,” the traveling museum exhibit mounted by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious that reviews the story of women’s religious communities in the United States, bears witness to the role of religious life in church and society. It is the visual history of women who made astounding choices at all the crossroads in national history and made them when women were allowed to make few, if any, choices at all.

It is a story too often forgotten and too easily domesticated. “That’s just what sisters were supposed to be doing,” people say. Oh, please.

These were women who opened schools for girls in a world that considered the education of women a useless and uppity waste.

These were women who nursed soldiers on both battlefields of the Civil War, North and South, in an age when sisters didn’t work with men at all, let alone nurse them.

These were women who worked with what was left of a Native American society that had been stripped of its dignity, robbed of its lands and denied its civil rights in a culture that defined both the American Indian and the women who served them as less than fully human.

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