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)
by ILIA DELIO
Our TOPIC: Interrupting theSilences 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 RiesVictoria 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, ‘191:00—4 PM St. Patrick’s Church2702Broadway East, on north Capitol Hill, Seattle
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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.