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)
Greetings!We already know that the bishops are out-of-touch with the people they are supposed to shepherd. But now we have data to support it. A new study about women deacons shows how profoundly bishops misunderstand what the people of God support and need.According to a study from Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research on the Apostolate (CARA), only one-third of U.S. bishops (33 percent) believe the Church "should" ordain women as deacons. Only 41 percent of bishops believe women's ordination to the diaconate to be "theoretically" possible.Not only that, many of them cite opposition from the laity as one of the main challenges to ordaining women. But here's what Catholics think: 81 percent of U.S. Catholics think women should be ordained as deacons (Gallup, 2005) ·72 percent of religious superiors in the U.S. think that the Church should authorize the ordination of women as deacons (America/CARA, 2018) ·Six in 10 Catholic women support the possibility of women being ordained to the permanent diaconate (America/CARA, 2018) ·So let's make some noise: Write to your bishop and tell him that you read the survey and you support a Church that welcomes ministerial and sacramental equality. Women deacons are nothing new. Recognizing the ministerial gifts and vocations of women is not optional. You can find your local bishop's contact information here.Or, find your bishop on Twitter and tweet your support for #womendeacons! (Use the hashtag #ordainwomen, too.) We know that reinstating the diaconate for women is an important but incomplete step for women's full equality in the Church. We also know that women are called by God and their communities to the diaconate, called to preach, and called to visible liturgical roles.Two weeks ago, two of the members of the Pontifical Study Commission on Women Deacons made their first public statements since its formation in 2016, sharing that the Pope has received a report from the Commission. They spoke of overwhelming evidence for the widespread practice of ordaining women as deacons for centuries in the Church. And they reminded us: "It's up to the Church to make noise." As the "noisy movement" (according to Archbishop Gänswein), I think we can handle it.
Bishops...are you even listening?
The People’s History of Vatican II is an effort to collect and record memories, stories, wisdom and lessons from the people who were shaped by the reforms and promise of the Second Vatican Council (around 1962-1965).Throughout 2019, Call To Action is collecting written, video and artistic records of peoples’ personal memories of this founding moment in the Church reform movement.Record your HistoryIf you have personal memories and experiences from around the time of the Second Vatican Council, we need your help recording this important history. Here are a few ways that you can participate:•Journal about your personal experience using our guiding questions, and send us a 500-1,000 word written reflection on your memories from that era.•Record a video of you sharing your personal memories, using the guiding questions as you wish. The videos don’t have to be complicated! A two-minute unscripted reflection that you record on your phone would be perfect.•Record your memories and experiences artistically. If written reflections and recorded discussions don’t inspire you, feel free to engage your creative side for this project! Turn your memories into a painting, drawing, quilt, song, poem or other creative piece and then send us a photo or recording of the finished result.Learn the History of your CommunityIf you don’t have personal memories from the Vatican II era, we still need your help! Consider sitting down with your loved ones to hear their stories from the founding moments in our progressive Catholic history. Use our the guiding questions to start a conversation, and record it on your phone.If you want to help record stories but don’t know anyone to interview, let us know by emailing email@example.com and we’ll try to pair you with someone.Sharing Our StoriesSend your final reflections, recordings and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, or share them on Facebook and Instagram (make sure that your profile is set to “public” first) with the hashtag #MyVatican2Story. We’ll be sharing your reflections with the rest of our membership throughout the year.
People’s History of Vatican II
World Day of Social Justice 20 February
Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. The ILO estimates that currently about 2 billion people live in fragile and conflict-affected situations, of whom more than 400 million are aged 15 to 29.