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November 26, 2013 

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ROMAN CATHOLIC WOMENPRIESTS-USA 
Monique Venne, President, Board of Directors
952-894-9639            mgvenne@comcast.net   

Roman Catholic Womenpriests Respond to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel rdquo; (Evangelii Gaudium)

We affirm Pope Francis’ strong words directing the church to be at the forefront of confronting and correcting issues of poverty, unemployment, exclusion and inequality that result from the prevailing economy of indifference.   However, we continue to be disappointed that he has once again closed the door on women’s ordination. 

Issues of income inequality and poverty disproportionately affect women and children. It is our belief that for Pope Francis’ dream to be fully realized, the church must look within itself and change its own ecclesial structures that continue to be oppressive toward women. The current structures continue to promote inequality of women both within the church and in greater society. 

As we enter into the joyous and hopeful seasons of Advent and Christmas, we hope and pray, along with Pope Francis, that all people may experience the joyful spirit of the Gospel.

Read Evangelii Gaudium


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CONTACT: Monique Venne, President, Board of Directors
PHONE: 952-232-0737
DATE: September 20, 2013  

Roman Catholic Women Priests Responds to Pope Francis' Interview


Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA is encouraged by Pope Francis’ interview published in America magazine on September 19, in which he moves the church forward by turning back to the Gospel values of Jesus Christ and to the discerned, collegial, ecumenical wisdom of the Vatican II Council.

We especially appreciate Francis’ remarks on the role of women in the church and the need for discussion of the deep questions women are asking.  We are hopeful that his message of inclusivity, consultation and discernment, which grounds the entire interview, will yield an inclusive, consultative and discerned search for answers to those deep questions by women, for and about women, with women.  We agree wholeheartedly that the church does need the genius of women wherever decisions are made in the church, in all roles and functions, as the Pope indicates. 

We think such consultation with the total people of God on these deep questions will reveal a more comprehensive understanding, or “a profound theology of the woman,” to use the Pope’s words.  However, since the church does not seem to need “a profound theology of the man,” it is bewildering to think it needs a “theology of the woman.”  We also note that Francis used Pope John Paul II’s language to describe the “feminine genius” of women, but we hope that it does not mean he has accepted John Paul’s theory of the complementarity of the sexes.

Joyfully, we believe that Pope Francis has opened the long forbidden, but now timely and necessary, discussion of women’s ordination as one of the deepest questions facing the church.  We agree with Pope Francis that “ecclesiastical rules and precepts that were once effective … have lost value or meaning.  The view of the church's teaching as a monolith to defend without nuance or different understanding is wrong.”  Legalistic and decadent ideologies of machismo which have kept women from answering their calls are also wrong.  The Spirit is calling women to priestly vocations, as she always has.  We say, “Yes!  Here we are.  We are ready.”  We must walk together. 

Roman Catholic Womenpriests offers Catholics a model for a renewed priestly ministry in vibrant, grassroots communities where all are equal and all are welcome. The Catholic people of God have accepted us as their priests on the prophetic frontiers of the church.  They continue to support us as we grow in numbers from the first daringly astute and audacious seven women ordained on the Danube River in 2002.   Over a hundred ordained women are now ministering as priests in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. Many more are in preparation.

Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP) is an international movement within the Roman Catholic Church. The mission of Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA is primarily to spiritually prepare, ordain in Apostolic Succession, and support women who are called by the Holy Spirit and their communities to a renewed priestly ministry rooted in justice and faithfulness to the Gospel.  Website: romancatholicwomenpriests.org


 



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CONTACT: Monique Venne, President, Board of Directors
PHONE: 952-232-0737
DATE: July 27, 2013  

Women Priests respond to Pope Francis' comments about Women's Ordination


Roman Catholic Womenpriests is saddened by the remarks of Pope Francis' regarding women's ordination.

During an interview with reporters Pope Francis reiterated the views of John Paul II by stating that the "church has spoken and said no" to the ordination of women.  John Paul II and the Vatican are not the entirety of the church.  The church, as taught by the Second Vatican Council, is the People of God, and this church has consistently said yes by calling for women's ordination, as evidenced in public opinion polls, and by their support of women who are called to be priests. We believe the church has spoken and is anxiously awaiting for women's ordination to be accepted by the Vatican hierarchy.

Roman Catholic Womenpriests are already serving in communities across the country.  We work in a variety of ministerial roles including serving as hospital chaplains, prison ministers, and as pastors for inclusive communities.

We call on Pope Francis to do the same by listening to the church, the people of God, and say yes to the inclusion of all people in a renewed priesthood.

Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP) is an international movement within the Roman Catholic Church. The mission of Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA is primarily to spiritually prepare, ordain in Apostolic Succession, and support women who are called by the Holy Spirit and their communities to a renewed priestly ministry rooted in justice and faithfulness to the Gospel.  Website: romancatholicwomenpriests.org