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Western Washington

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DEATH IN THE CHURCH: IS NEW LIFE AHEAD? August 28, 2018 Think Blog 63 Comments 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)
Something momentous is happening in our midst. The concerted efforts to oust Pope Francis are deeply tied to the perverted crisis of abuse embedded in ecclesiastical power structures.  While some may spiritually rely on Julian of Norwich’s “all shall be well”, the fact is, all is not well and will not be well unless the Church undergoes a deconstruction of power and authority and a reconstruction along new lines of inclusivity and integrated systems.      (CONTINUE READING) SCHISM OR EVOLUTION?
by ILIA DELIO
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Our TOPIC: Interrupting the Silences Around Us. in 2002 and again this summer, the silence around clergy sexual abuse has been interrupted. There continues to be silence on other issues in the church today, as well as in our own lives and in the larger world. Through presentation, reflection, and discussion, we will explore the silences that need interrupting and the ways that we can break through that silence to conversation and new life for all.
SPEAKER, Victoria Ries Victoria came to the Archdiocese of Seattle in 1979 to serve in Campus and Young Adult Ministry in Piece County. She then served at St. George Parish. For the last 25 years of her ministry, she was appointed by the Archbishop to provide pastoral leadership for two Seattle parishes, St. Patrick and St. Catherine. Since “retiring from a paycheck,” she has continued to give talks, lead retreats, and provide spiritual direction. She also helps out as needed in her neighborhood parish.
SAT. APRIL 6, ‘19 1:00—4 PM St. Patrick’s Church 27 0 2 Broadway East, on north Capitol Hill, Seattle
Inspire Catholics, Transform Church Join us for our Spring Gathering!
To assist us with room layout...It would be appreciated if participants would register for our CTAWW Spring Gathering by calling or emailing Betty Hill; 360.357.6207, Email tombethill@comcast.net *There will be an opportunity to provide a free will offering to CTAWW at this event!
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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?
World Health Day April 7, 2019
Universal health coverage is WHO’s number one goal. Key to achieving it is ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of the community.
Progress is being made in countries in all regions of the world.