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San Francisco’s Catholic church, Star of the – See you later!

road-sign-464659__180The Star of the Sea Church, on Geary Blvd, sinks to new depths of the sea….

From the church website:

“Do you think Mary, the Mother of God,

would want to serve the Mass

or be a priest,

and even if so, why did Jesus not include her at the Last Supper?

Is it not because she, as a woman, has a distinct, an even more exalted role than the Apostles?”

Oh, you are in this so deep …



“Mary not invited to the Last Supper.” Really?”



Surprising news: Rome Fires Fr Roy- Why?

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“AFTER serving as a Roman Catholic priest for 40 years, I was expelled from the priesthood last November because of my public support for the ordination of women.

Catholic priests say that the call to be a priest comes from God. As a young priest, I began to ask myself and my fellow priests: “Who are we, as men, to say that our call from God is authentic, but God’s call to women is not?” Isn’t our all-powerful God, who created the cosmos, capable of empowering a woman to be a priest?

Let’s face it. The problem is not with God, but with an all-male clerical culture that views women as lesser than men. Though I am not optimistic, I pray that the newly elected Pope Francis will rethink this antiquated and unholy doctrine.

I am 74 years old. I first felt God calling me to be a priest when I was serving in the Navy in Vietnam. I was accepted into the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in New York and was ordained in 1972. After working with the poor of Bolivia for five years, I returned to the United States. In my years of ministry, I met many devout Catholic women who told me about their calling to the priesthood….”BIG angel

New York Times Opinion
March 21,



Pink Smoke! Women Priests – finally!


Small numbers of Catholic women are ignoring the ban on female priests                                                                                         and are ordained without the church’s acknowledgment.

May 25, 2013|By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times

SAN FRANCISCO — The priest will be ordained in a purple Lutheran church. The Communion bread, symbolizing the body of Christ, will be gluten-free.

The congregation will pray to “our mother our father in heaven.”

But the real departure from Roman Catholic tradition will be evident when Maria Eitz approaches the altar Sunday for the laying on of hands that turns parishioner into priest.

Over the last decade, as the Vatican has faced a serious shortage of priests, a small but growing number of women have answered what they believe to be a call from God. California is home to more ordained Catholic women than any other state. Eitz — a retired theologian with four adopted children — will be the first woman ordained as a Catholic priest in San Francisco.

BIG angelThe more than 120 women worldwide who have been ordained as Roman Catholic priests and deacons say their faith gives them comfort and hope. But that same faith also is bound by Canon Law 1024. Short and blunt, the church edict states that “a baptized male alone receives sacred ordination validly.”

The Vatican has said that women who presume to be priests, and those who help them, are committing a grave sin. And like Catholics who have abortions or commit heresy, female officiants are subject to the ultimate penalty — automatic excommunication. The church does not acknowledge ordained women or the sacraments they offer.

The first female priests were ordained in 2002 on a boat on the Danube by a bishop who previously had broken ranks with the Vatican. A year later, bishops who asked to remain anonymous until after their death for fear of reprisal ordained the first female bishops so that they, in turn, could ordain other women.

According to Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA Inc., more women are expected to be ordained as priests and deacons in 2013 than in any previous year.

To Eitz, the threat of excommunication is meaningless. It has happened to her once already, when she became a deacon in 2012. She ignored it then and ignores it now, she said, because “if you are baptized, you cannot be unbaptized. If you are called to the table that God calls people to, you cannot be excluded.”

The soft-spoken 72-year-old said she was taking the controversial step because “it is right and just.”

“It needs to happen. Not so much for myself … but for the people who will come after,” she said. “For the girls. For the other women.”

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At 9:30 a.m. on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, Eitz and Victoria Rue prepared for Mass at Sophia in Trinity, which describes itself as “a Roman Catholic community celebrating a radically inclusive God.”

The adherents gather in a small chapel at the rear of Trinity Episcopal Church — whose main sanctuary was shuttered four years ago because the congregation could not afford to retrofit the 120-year-old sandstone fortress, with its Tiffany stained-glass windows and E.M. Skinner organ.

Like Sophia, most of the communities led by female priests meet twice each month, either in private homes or non-Catholic churches whose members sympathize with the effort to ordain women.

Eitz is Sophia’s deacon; Rue is its priest.

Their first duties on this chilly spring day, however, were far from priest-like: They cleaned up a clutter of coffee cups and sugar packets and rearranged the chairs from straight rows into a circle. In its center, they set up the altar — a wobbly table steadied by a wad of paper napkins.

As two dozen or so worshipers filed into the chapel, Eitz and Rue donned crisp white clerical robes.

But not for long.

“As you know,” Rue told the congregation, “Maria and I wear these robes because they are symbols of our baptism. But because … separation between the clerics and lay people is rampant in our Roman Catholic Church, Maria and I think it is very important to not wear them, these albs.

“So we take them off,” she said, “to bear in mind that we are all one.”

A voice from the circle chimed in: “Didn’t Jesus say we are all priests?”

“Exactly,” said Rue, who has a doctorate in theology and teaches comparative religious studies at San Jose State University.

The robes fell.

It was just one of the signs that this would not be Mass as most Catholics know it.


There were some familiar touchstones — the collection basket got filled, the sign of peace was exchanged. And like male priests the world over, Rue urged parishioners: “Let us proclaim the mystery of faith.” The group responded in the usual way: “Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.”

On this day, though, the reading was from the Gospel according to Luke, acted out by two members of the congregation. The homily — more conversation than sermon — was about “How do we encounter God in our lives?” Rue said. “How is this Eucharist an encounter?”

The congregation’s core beliefs are another story too. Rue and Eitz support abortion rights, contraception, married priests and same-sex marriage. Rue is a married lesbian who has been out since 1973.

As for Communion, John “Fitz” Fitzgerald, a regular at the Sophia services, had baked the sacramental bread at home. He has been experimenting with a gluten-free recipe because Eitz requested it for her ordination. He is not yet happy with the results, golden brown and a little lopsided.

Unlike during traditional Mass, Rue did not hand each parishioner a piece of the Eucharist while declaring, “The body of Christ.” Instead, Sophia’s members passed the plate of bread around the circle. Each took a piece, looked at his or her neighbor, said, “You are the body of Christ” and passed the plate along.

Then Rue prayed: “May God bless you and keep you. May she be gracious to you. May she lift up the light of her countenance upon you. And may our good God give you peace.

“Mass has ended,” she intoned.

“And the service has just begun,” the group responded.


Eitz was born in Germany and spent several years in an orphanage after World War II. She did not become a Catholic until she was a young adult, and she never dreamed of being a priest.

“I was never drawn to Catholicism  or to God, if you want — because of sin and forgiveness,” she said. “It was always the knowledge that there has got to be justice.”

Eitz sat at her dining room table, preparing for her ordination. Bishop Regina Nicolosi of Minnesota would preside. The wall behind Eitz was strung with bells — each representing a different chapter of her life.

There was one from Saigon, a reminder of the orphans she helped airlift out during the Vietnam War and the children she adopted as a single mother in the 1970s. There are several from East Africa, where she arranged medical care for a nomadic tribe during a deadly drought in Sudan in the 1980s. One was a gift when she became a deacon.

A banner stamped with brightly colored children’s handprints was hung on the living room wall. For 36 years, Eitz ran a program called Respite Care from her home on the edge of Golden Gate Park, working with special-needs children as part of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center.

When she began attending Sophia in Trinity in 2010, “it was an utter joy to have women at the altar,” Eitz said. “It was actually a matter of justice, because, you see, that is what needs to happen.”

The San Francisco Archdiocese begs to differ.

Calling the women’s ordination movement a “fringe group,” spokesman George Wesolek said he was unaware of Eitz’s upcoming ordination. The Catholic Church, he said, relies on scripture and tradition and ordains men alone because Jesus was a man and picked men as his apostles.

“The thing you have to recognize here is that the … church is 1.2 billion members,” Wesolek said. “The issue of women’s ordination and even same-sex marriage are kind of like boutique issues in the church. It’s the American church. We’re 75 million, but we’re really a minority.”

But Gary Macy, chairman of Santa Clara University’s religious studies department, argued there was “very good evidence of the ordination of women as deacons up until the 12th century.… There are descriptions of women who led the liturgy.”

Sophia in Trinity members, such as Sherri Maurin, believe that their congregation’s concerns are central to Catholicism, a religion that they refuse to leave and are intent on changing. It is a faith, she said, that needs priests like Eitz.

“I have always felt that Maria was called to priesthood,” said Maurin, who described herself as a full-time peace activist. “She is a teacher, a caregiver and a model.”

Eitz said she was not concerned about the controversy — or the punishment. She has wrestled with her own uncertainty and knows she is doing the right thing. However, she said, she was a little rattled by how much life is going to change.


What calms her mind? Hafiz, a Sufi poet from the 14th century, and Mary Oliver, whose poems weave the natural and spiritual worlds.

With fog blanketing her Inner Richmond neighborhood and her cocker spaniel sleeping at her feet, Eitz opens a collection of Hafiz’s work. She has marked her favorite poems with feathers. She begins to read out loud.

“I / Have / Learned / So much from God  / That I can no longer / Call / Myself / A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim / A Buddhist, a Jew,” she read, beginning to  relax. “The Truth has shared so / much of itself / With me /  That I can no longer call myself / A man, a woman, an angel / Or even pure / Soul.”


Easter Sunday – Empty Pews: A message from the masses?


Santa Rosa, Ca

The Cathedral is Empty

St Eugene’s, once a popular, well-respected, well attended cathedral, is quiet and multitudes of parishioners report

to being put off by Bishop Vasa and his heavy handed rulings.

The local newspaper, the Press Democrat, has followed the bishop- since his arrival.

“Bishop Robert Vasa acted Thursday to quell a rising tide of unrest, announcing he would not require the Santa Rosa Catholic Diocese’s teachers to sign

a morality clause as part of their contracts if they want to teach next year.”

Mad Men in Madison – not Madison Avenue


Dec 2012

Bishop Morlino bans Madison Dominican sisters from conducting workshops and offering spiritual direction.

Two longtime Madison nuns who lead an interfaith spirituality center have been banned by Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino from holding workshops or providing spiritual direction or guidance at any Catholic churches in the 11-county diocese.

Sisters Maureen McDonnell and Lynn Lisbeth, both Sinsinawa Dominicans, have diverged too far from Catholic teaching, according to a confidential memo sent Nov. 27 to priests on behalf of Morlino. A copy of the memo was leaked to the State Journal.

Two other women connected to the interfaith center, called Wisdom’s Well, also have been banned as part of the same action.

The memo says Morlino has “grave concerns” about the women’s teachings, specifically that they “espouse certain views” flowing from such movements as “New Ageism” and “indifferentism.” The latter, according to the memo, is “the belief that no one religion or philosophy is superior to another.”

The women “may not share an authentic view of the Catholic Church’s approach to interreligious dialogue,” the memo said.

 NOTE:  “Both women have been dedicated to religious life and preaching and teaching Gospel values for nearly 50 years,” the release stated. “We wholeheartedly support our Sisters and hold them in prayer as we continue our mission of participating in the building of a holy and just Church and society.”

The Wisconsin State Journal reported that, at the time Msgr. Bartylla issued his memo, Sr Maureen McDonnell was co-facilitating a weekly class at a high school titled “Just Peace Initiative: The Challenge and Promise of Nonviolence for Our Time.”

Morlino – a big fan of Paul Ryan…not those nuns

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Historically:  2009

Faithful Progressive Saturday, March 28, 2009

Madison WISconsin – spooky

Madison Bishop Morlino Continues Catholic Purge and Witch-Hunt: Longtime Lay Leader Fired for College Paperimages

I have many Catholic friends in the Madison area who are appalled at Bishop Morlino. Several are torn between thinking of leaving and not letting this extremist Bishop destroy their Church. Bishop Morlino’s hard-hearted, extreme-right wing partisanship stands in sharp contrast with the more compassionate and moderate stance taken by Archbishop Dolan in Milwaukee–soon to be Cardinal Dolan of New York.

Everything is personal and political with this guy, at the great expense of his flock.

Wisconsin State Journal:Martyr or heretic? Bishop Morlino fires church employee over her beliefs

On March 12, Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino fired Kolpack from her position as the full-time pastoral associate at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Beloit. The termination came after Kolpack said she refused the bishop’s request to renounce a 2003 college thesis in which she argued for more gender-inclusive language at Masses and harshly criticized the Catholic hierarchy’s doctrine of only ordaining males.

Her firing has angered parishioners at St. Thomas and set off a national debate on Catholic blogs as to whether Kolpack is a martyr or a heretic.

The situation again casts Morlino as the heavy in a controversial personnel decision. Last summer, the music director at a Verona church was fired after five parishioners brought concerns to the bishop’s office about the director being openly gay.

Morlino declined an interview request Thursday. Diocesan spokesman Brent King said because Kolpack’s situation is a personnel issue, details cannot be discussed, including whether she was fired for her thesis or for the presentation of or denial of any specific church teaching….

Kolpack has been a member of St. Thomas since 1974 and an employee the last 26 years, rising to pastoral associate in 1995. In that position, she performed many of the duties of a priest for the 325 households in the congregation. “She did everything but celebrate Mass,” said church trustee Macy Kunz, who is “shocked and angry” by Kolpack’s firing.

In 1997, Kolpack began work on a master’s of divinity degree at St. Francis Seminary, a Catholic institution in suburban Milwaukee where, at the time, lay women were able to study alongside male seminarians, although they could not be ordained.

posted by Faithful Progressive at 10:45 AM

Church of England: 1700 – Rome: 0

“1992: Church of England votes for women priests

Women fighting for the right to be Anglican priests are celebrating a narrow victory.
After a five-and-a-half hour debate the General Synod – the Church of England’s parliament – passed the controversial legislation by a margin of only two votes.
There were jubilant scenes among supporters outside Church House in Westminster, London, when the decision was announced.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, who had backed the proposal said he recognised the result would not please everyone.
“What binds us together in God’s love as a Church is vastly more important than a disagreement about women’s ordination,” Dr Carey said.

  • The ordination of women in the Church of England began in March 1994.
  • By the year 2000 about 1,700 women were working as Anglican priests.

    A report in the same year revealed many women priests suffered harassment and nearly half of male clergy refused to take communion from them.

In 1993 Ann Widdecombe became a Roman Catholic.

A year later former Environment Secretary John Gummer also converted in protest at women priests.
The debate in the Church of England has now moved on to whether women should be allowed to become bishops. So far only Anglican churches in the USA, Canada and New Zealand have women bishops.”

Meanwhile in Rome –

It’s useless to pretend the Old Boys Network in Rome isn’t watching this turn of events and shaking their heads – “Ha! Women as bishops? Not in our lifetime!”

And so it goes, a  cadre of old men whispering,  “Prego, do you think they will hear about  this in America? The Church of England  has 1700 female priests?”


Women as Priests – whatta concept!

September 30 Sunday New York Times

Photographer Judith Levitt

Women As Priest: Brilliant Solution to dire Roman Catholic Circumstances

“In the last 10 years the Vatican has had to contend with a particularly indomitable group of women who seem to be unaffected by excommunication or other punishment offered by the church. The movement started when seven women were ordained by three Roman Catholic bishops aboard a ship on the Danube River in 2002. The women claimed their ordinations were valid because they conformed to the doctrine of “apostolic succession.”

The group that grew out of that occasion calls itself Roman Catholic Womenpriests.

There are now more than 100 ordained women priests and 11 bishops.”

See: Roman Catholic Womenpriests

“Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP) is an international movement within the Roman Catholic Church. The mission of Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA is primarily to spiritually prepare, ordain in Apostolic Succession, and support women who are called by the Holy Spirit and their communities to a renewed priestly ministry rooted in justice and faithfulness to the Gospel.”

The Pink Smoke Over The Vatican Movie is circulating – do yourself a favor and

See: Pink Smoke over the Vatican

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