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Pope Francis Appoints Committee to Study Possibility of Female Deacons

In another heartening move from Pope Francis, he has appointed a committee to study the

possibility of women serving as deacons in the church.

The pontiff has appointed an equal number of male and female experts as members of the

commission, which will be led by Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria, a Jesuit who serves as the

second-in-command of the Vatican's doctrinal congregation.

The Vatican said in a release announcing the commission Tuesday that the pope had decided

to create the group “after intense prayer and mature reflection” and wanted it particularly to

study the history of the female diaconate “in the earliest times of the church.”

Bridget Mary, Roman Catholic Womanpriest and prolific writer and commenter

about such issues, responds:

The gender balance and makeup of this Commission is a positive first step in the study of fe-

male deacons in the Roman Catholic Church. It is my hope that this study could lead to a deeper

appreciation of our earlier tradition of women deacons, priests and bishops in leadership roles

in the church, and to the full equality of women as priests, bishops, and decision makers in a

more inclusive, egalitarian church . The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests is work-

ing to transform the clerical, dominator approach of the institutional church to a community of

equals model where all are welcome to celebrate sacraments at the Banquet of God's infinite

love.

To read her complete statement, click
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"It could be a world-changing decision"

The Washington Post

has an article on the Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women emphasizing how

much disagreement remains in the Church about this and similar issues involving the status of

women. “I can’t underscore enough how groundbreaking this is for the Church,” Boston College

theologian James Bretzke said in May.

However, Rev. Karl-Heinz Menke, another member of the commission, has argued that if women

cannot be priests,  then they cannot be deacons either.

To read the

Post

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Listen, Pray, and Act for Justice and Equality: A Message from Sister Simone

Campbell/NETWORK

I believe we are all challenged by the Gospel to do our work differently. We are challenged to

fight for a vision of who we are called to be in our nation and our world. To create this vision,

we need to enter into a contemplative space where we let our guard down, listen to the Spirit,

and act out of that centered space. We call on our elected officials to do the same deep listen-

ing, that leaves us all open to hear stories of people around us and grasp reality in new ways.

We are being called to a new level of engagement and action. Hard as it will be, we are called

to take a radical dive into the deep listening that can reveal the new way forward. Let us com-

mit to seeing the nourishment of our community in this very struggle. Only love can cast out

hate, and we accept this challenge.

Our Commitment to Mending the Gaps Continues.

We believe that we are stronger as a nation when we take decisive steps to

create a just economy and a more inclusive society.

We commit to working for policies that are effective in lifting families and

individuals out of poverty across the nation.

We confess that on nearly every measure, African-American and Latino Americans expe-

rience systemic obstacles in the quest for success.

We know that women are the cornerstone of many families, yet are still

more likely to be pushed into poverty than men.

We pledge to work for an end to the racial and gender wealth gaps. And we con-

tinue to lift up the importance of intersectionality in pursuit of an economy that puts

people – not profit – at the center, and a society where no one is excluded.

We can and must do better, as individuals, as a

community, and as a nation.

So, in the new reality, let us begin to advocate strongly together, but also begin a time of

deep listening. Let us share with each other what we hear. Then, we are prepared to lift up a

vision of the 100% where all can work together to heal our nation.

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"Why I Disobey My Bishop" By Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Patron of Excommunicated and "Why I Disobey My Bishop" By Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Patron of Excommunicated and Alienated Catholics --- Hildegard of Bingen, Ebingen Abbey--

"Why I Disobey My Bishop" by St. Hildegard of Bingen/

Patron Saint of

Excommunicated and Alienated Catholics

This fiery little tirade was written by St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098 - 1179) whose monastery was placed under interdict by the local bishop! Hildegard challenged the pope, bishops and civil leaders of  her times, unafraid of the consequences. She is the patron of all who speak truth to power including "whistle blowers," Catholics who follow conscience and disobey unjust laws, and the many today who are excommunicated! Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP,www.arcwp.org "Flame of Anger" You ask why I disobey you, my bishop; I answer in a spirit of prayer, As I hope you did too in addressing me. I, the Abbess, disobey, and all my sisters choose to disobey, Because in such obedience is only darkness. In our disobedience is light for our spirits, So has God shownz us.