Women’s Ordination Youtube Channel
Here is info on the Women’s Ordination Conference I attended in Philadelphia on Sep. 18 - 20. It was excellent. Be sure to look at the Youtube video. There were present 12 countries, 19 nationalities, and 400 men and women. There were several former priests and one still in who came to dialogue.  Sr. Helen Brennan
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DEATH IN THE CHURCH: IS NEW LIFE AHEAD?
August 28, 2018
Think Blog
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by ILIA DELIO
The recent disclosure of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the extent of depravity reported in the news is symptomatic of a Church in crisis.  It is no longer acceptable for the Pope simply to issue a public apology nor is it sufficient for any group merely to reflect on what has happened by issuing position statements. The Church has a deep structural problem which is entirely bound to ancient metaphysical and philosophical principles, not to mention imperial politics, that at this point require either a radical decision towards a new ecclesial structure or accept the possibility of a major schism. The rock-solid Church has crushed human souls and twisted authority into deceit. The male-dominated Christ center no longer holds and there is simply no solution or comforting words that can placate the extensive damage to fragile human lives that has taken place over the past decades. The evidence of abuse brought to light in the Catholic Church is simply unfathomable.    (continue reading… Click Here )
Healing the Sin of Clericalism: Some Suggestions
by Fr. Whitney of St. Joseph Parish in Seattle, WA
When the bishops of the Catholic Church gathered in Rome in October of 1962, to begin the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, they had little thought of addressing the issue of clericalism in the Church. Indeed, with vocations to the priesthood and religious life at al all time hight, the Fathers of the Council were called to Rome not to meet a looming crisis within the Church, but rather to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit moving in the secular world and to read there the “signs of the times” for the Church…..  (continue Reading click HERE)
Sexual abuse and the culture of clericalism
A grand jury’s recent revelation of decades of systematically entrenched and deeply sadistic levels of child abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses has pushed many Catholics into a bewildered rage. Why does the modern church—and the U.S. church in particular—continually find itself not merely falling short of Jesus’ community of love and solidarity but actually failing catastrophically to meet even the most rudimentary levels of human decency? What is the matter with Catholicism today?  (Continue Reading… click HERE)
Sex Abuse & Clericalism
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The Editors
August 21, 2018
Sexual-abuse Crisis
Pope Francis
Then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick faces the press at the Vatican on April 24, 2002, as the sex abuse crisis unfolded in the United States (CNS photo/Paolo Cocco, Reuters)
It feels as if a lot of time has passed since Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley
said in July
that a “major gap still exists” when it comes to the Catholic Church’s policies and procedures for dealing with sexual abuse and misconduct by priests, bishops, and cardinals. He was speaking in the wake of emerging details about the actions of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the clerical culture that enabled his semi-secret behavior to continue for decades with no repercussions. Of course, the existence of that gap has since been horrifically underscored with the release of a grand-jury report on seventy years of sexual abuse and systemic cover-up by bishops in six Pennsylvania dioceses. In remarkably blunt language, the report makes clear that church officials sought to protect hundreds of perpetrators and the institution at the expense of more than a thousand victims and their families. Its graphic description of a range of acts is a painful and necessary reminder of just what the sexual abuse of a child is---and why it’s evil is compounded when the perpetrator is a trusted adult vested with moral and spiritual authority. The pain caused by such abuse can crush a life. (continue reading… click HERE)