Friday, February 10, 2012

Press Release-ARCWP and the Bishop's stance on Contraception

Press Release: from Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests

Release date: February 10, 2012

Media Contact: Janice Sevre-Duszynska,, 859-684-4247
Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan,, 703-505-0004

 Who Better to Speak for Roman Catholic Women Than Women Priests and Women Themselves? 

The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests support contraceptive coverage for women as an issue of conscience
and religious freedom.  We affirm the part of President Obama's plan that would require that insurance companies offer
contraceptive coverage at no cost. We look forward to the day when there is access to universal health coverage for all.

The U.S. bishops have no right to impose their dogma in the public sphere.

Who are they to take from women power over their own bodies?

Who are they to withhold from women their God-given authority to make their own choices, including reproductive choices?

We women priests of ARCWP stand in solidarity with Roman Catholic women and all women. We believe all women
have the divinely human right to make reproductive decisions on their own behalf -- without consulting male priests or bishops.

We know from Catholics for Choice that 98% of sexually active Catholic women use a method of contraception banned by the U.S. bishops.

We are also aware of our sisters who live in abject poverty in the U.S. and across the globe. Many of these women may have been denied access to affordable birth control by their governments. Others are forcibly denied the use of contraceptives by husbands or male partners who have no regard for their female partner's safety or volition.  Complicit in this suffering is the all-male boys' club at the Vatican and their male bishops throughout our world community who influence public policy at all levels including the United Nations, that affects women, their choices and their children.

We continue to pray for our spiritually bereft brother priests at the Vatican and U.S. bishops. The scandalous behavior of too many across our world community and their idolatry of male power and privilege is a sin against women and our our Loving God who calls both men and women to the priesthood.  

Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum who has a zero track record on women's rights, has said that ..."President Obama may force Roman Catholic churches to hire women priests."  Despite his facetious remark, women priests exist and their communities are growing. The Vatican is running scared. We celebrate Eucharist and speak out for the voiceless in the U.S. and in eight other countries. We remember what Jesus taught us and are consciously living out the Gospel mandate to empower and liberate.

"The Spirit blows where She will." 

The days of the Vatican's influence are numbered.   

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