Friday, April 6, 2012

Roman Catholic Women Priests Denounce Pope Benedict XVI's Holy Thursday Message

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Roman Catholic Women Priests Denounce Pope Benedict XVI's Holy Thursday Message

Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA, Inc.
Suzanne Avison Thiel, President
Portland, Oregon USA 
Janice Sevre-Duszynska, Media ARCWP
Lexington, KY.
5 April 2012
This Holy Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI,  in another heavy-handed move,  denounced all priests who have questioned church teachings on celibacy and the ordination of women but he surely cannot denounce the millions of Catholics who no longer believe that such practices are what Jesus would want.  The Catholic people through the sensus fidelium have already accepted women priests.  We in this prophetic movement continue to experience the support of Catholics throughout the world who are in favor of a married priesthood and of women who are answering their call from God to be their priests.  For the pontiff to so boldly speak against the men and women who have taken the risk to question these teachings is simply a misused tactic and exercise of the sin of arrogance and sexism. His unwillingness to even participate in a dialogue with the so called "dissidents" is nothing but a  punitive, radical, authoritarian attempt to squelch any freedom of conscience and so-called disobedience. We call on all Catholic women to speak out for their equality and justice. Our Church must continue to evolve and be renewed in the signs of the times. Let us not forget that there were married men and women participating in the events of Holy Week- holy women that Jesus knew and loved and trusted with priestly ministry. 

Vatican Announcement
(Correction-The Pope will turn 84 on April 27.  Perhaps we should send Birthday greetings)
Thursday, April 5, 2012

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI has denounced priests who have questioned church teaching on celibacy and ordaining women, saying Thursday they were disobeying his authority to try to impose their own ideas on the church.
Benedict made the rare and explicit criticism from the altar of St. Peter's Basilica in his homily on Holy Thursday, when priests recall the promises they made when ordained.
In 2006, a group of Austrian priests launched the Pfarrer Initiative, or pastor initiative, a call to disobedience aimed at abolishing priestly celibacy and opening the clergy to women to relieve the shortages of priests.
Last June, the group's members essentially threatened a schism, saying the Vatican's refusal to hear their complaints left them no choice but to "follow our conscience and act independently."
They issued a revised call to disobedience in which they said parishes would celebrate Eucharistic services without priests, that they would let women preach, and they pledged to speak out publicly and frequently for female and married priests.  Read more.......


Anonymous said...

Diane, what has happened to you over the years? You seem so hard and lacking in respect for your Church. I cannot believe you storm in the very face of the Pope, as if entitled to do so. Mary Caye must be appalled. Your family must hide their faces in shame. And, to feature a photo of Unitarian wannabe priestesses convinces me that you no longer adhere to the doctrines of the Church. So sad. I always thought well of you.

Diane Dougherty said...

Dear Anonymous,
Thank you for writing on my Blog. You, like so many Catholics, are so confused about my actions and the actions of my sisters in Christ. I want to respond to your concerns about my family. My younger Sister Paulette was here and read your note-both she and her husband said they are proud of me. In light of the Vatican's treatment of women, they said they have been duped and am glad I am pursuing this road. Paulette called Mary and she admitted that initially she was shocked and ashamed. It was her husband's family that put a different light on this subject. My brother sees nothing wrong with it-as do my neices and nephews-one said I am a stronger moral leader than any other ccleric he has ever met.

Next-to why I am pursuing this.

Did you know this was my first calling and I have excercized it in all catholic institutions without the title? For the most part, it was by default, no priest was available. I have more training than any priest on the altar...even bishops.....Believe me, I did not aske for the calling-and many times I hid it. Today, I am willing to face allof you and tell you -God does the calling....the women of the church trained me WELL. They have left a legacy at great cost.

The last response is the most important. Clerics, in the name of Roman Catholicism, are participating in criminal behavior in our name-they are stealing the heritage of the next generation with the protection of your blindness. I hope all eyes will be open and that everyone will lear-these men and their leadership is not really Catholic...

The Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City on behalf of SNAP has written to Mr. Luis Moreno Ocampo, a Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court at the Hague, to investigate the "responsibility of four high-level Vatican officials for the systematic rape, sexual violence and torture of children and vulnerable adults by priest and
others associated with the Roman Catholic Church." The ICC File No. is OTP-CR-159/11. SNAP has received 500 from 65 countries, including victims, whistleblowers, etc.

And, from the Huffington Post,

The juvenile sexual abuse crisis will become more and more expensive for the church. Apparently the problem of juvenile
sexual rape by priests in African nations and India is ongoing, severe and just beginning to come to light. When the scope of the scourge of child abuse and juvenile rape in the developing world comes to light, the Vatican is likely to take a huge hit. If (when!) these human rights cases are finally heard in the Hague, the defendant (the Vatican) stands to lose a fortune.

I respectfully ask you to learn more about the criminal antics of these men and open your eyes to the work we as women are continuing to do.....