Catholic Women's Ordination held their customary prayer vigil
outside Westminster Cathedral, London,
on Vocations Sunday, 7 Mary 2017.
In their latest newsletter they write:
In our 21st century democracy, so celebrated by Pope Francis, we must challenge our lack of freedom of speech in the Church.
At Westminster Piazza, on Vocations Sunday on 7th May, CWO
- were warned off the Cathedral steps,
- and told that we could not receive Communion, because we ask for women’s ordination and equal treatment as people.
‘Ordinatio Sacerdotalis’ still prevails. We may not speak out against its injustice and inaccuracy, despite its widespread condemnation by theologians.
Does not the hierarchy understand
- that we love the Church, and wish only to serve it fully, equal in every way to the men who are allowed to do so?
- That we are the Church’s friends, and its future?
Why may we not speak?
Mary Ring, Editor
We Are Church - Austria invited people to wear a red scarf or other red garment on Pentecost Sunday and take a picture before the church door. People in other countries joined in. We hear too that wearing red on Pentecost Sunday happens in the USA.
Next year - How about you!
"The Holy Spirit lives among us - not only at the altar"
Dear WAC Ireland and We Are Church around the world,
Happy Pentecost greetings!
We are pleased to share our latest newsletter with you.
Blessings and best wishes for Pentecost and the summer,
Core Group Member
- We Are Church Ireland
- Association of Catholics In Ireland
- Association of Catholic Priests
The letters asked each bishop to publish their Ad Limina report which they had sent to Pope Francis. The Ad Limina report is a 5 yearly report to the pope about each diocese.
- None of the 4 Archbishops (Armagh, Dublin, Cashel and Tuam) replied
- 19 bishops did not reply
- Only 6 bishops replied:
- Bishop William Crean of Cloyne
- Bishop John Fleming of Killala
- Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry
- Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe
- Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare & Leighlin
- Administrator Mgr Michael Ryan of Ossory
We thank the 6 who replied, indeed some replied in some detail, which was appreciated. But the consensus of the replies was that the Ad Limina reports are considered CONFIDENTIAL and for the pope alone. Yet Pope Francis has been calling for greater transparency and a greater involvement of the people of God in every aspect of our church. Sadly the Irish bishops behave more like managers of a multinational with all reporting going upwards.
An Australian bishop speaking at the Royal Commission made this important point:
“I think we really need to examine seriously that kind of model of Church where it promotes the superiority of the ordained and it facilitates that power imbalance between the ordained and the non-ordained, which in turn facilitates that attitude of clericalism, if you like.“ – Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen (21 February 2017)
We call on our bishops to have the courage to follow Pope Francis and engage fully with all the people of God.
Core Group of We Are Church Ireland
by J A Dick in Another Voice
April 20, 2017
Reform-minded people need to change their conversation about church reform. Otherwise they end up either talking to themselves or simply repeating what everyone else has been saying for the past ten years. Changing the conversation means looking at church life in new ways and developing new strategies and patterns for church life today and tomorrow. It means thinking creatively and asking challenging and deeper questions….
Some proposals for refection:
(1) Look less at the church as institution and more as a community of faith. What is happening within your own community of faith? What are the life-issues that really concern your family and friends? Where do you find your support? How can you motivate and help the men and women in your community to truly minister to each other? What is keeping us from experimenting with new forms of parish and parish life? Perhaps a parish should be a collection of many smaller communities of faith? Household churches in which the heads of the households – men and women — preside over informal Eucharistic liturgies, as in the Apostolic era?