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2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions!

 
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On behalf of the Team at www.womenpriests.org, I wish you the very best of love, peace, happiness and health in this new year.  We journey together...manifesting Christ's presence as we make our way.

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    RE: 2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions! 2009/01/01 04:32:15 (permalink)
    Dear friends,

    Welcome to www.womenpriests.org! We take pride in the work of nurturing the largest international website about women and sacred ministry!
     
    My name is Sophie.  I serve as Moderator and traffic navigator in our Circles dialogue community.  The forums hold space for sharing, learning, expressing concerns, challenging ideas, and offering support to one another as we gather in the spirit of Christian dialogue. 
     
    If you have questions at any time, please do not hesitate to ask. I routinely check in on the boards every day or two.  If you post your questions in the threads where they arise, I will respond. 
     
    This particular thread serves as our news central.  Check here for daily news updates and other items of interest. From time to time, I will provide an overview post in this thread sharing information as to where there are current 'hot spots' in the various dialogue threads.
     
    In News Central, you will also find historical, scriptural, theological, traditional, and political items of interest.  In advancing the case for women priests, it is important that we become as informed as possible.  We work to equip ourselves to become leaders in the dialogue necessary to bring about the transformation we seek.  Where possible, I will provide links to relevant documents from our internet library.  In my posts, links will appear in blue.
     
    If you are new to Circles, a secret that will help with navigation in the different streams of dialogue is as follows.  The main forum page (www.womenpriests.org/circles/) houses the lists of dialogue threads appearing in the different discussion forums. At the top and bottom of each dialogue thread page, you will see a list of page numbers. (You will also see these numbers in the title bars of the dialogue threads of each forum.) When you click on the last number in sequence, you will connect with the most recent page in the thread.

    Once again ~Welcome~  If you have any questions at any time, please let me know!

    with love and blessings,

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    Gathering/Quieting Song
    Prayer for Peace 

    Peace before us, peace behind us, peace under our feet
    Peace within us, peace over us, let all around us be peace.
    Love before us, love behind us, love under our feet.
    Love within us, love over us, let all around us be love.
    Light before us, light behind us, light under our feet.
    Light within us, light over us, let all around us be light.
    Christ before us, Christ behind us, Christ under our feet.
    Christ within us, Christ over us, let all around us be Christ.

    Alleluia, alleluia

    Peace before us, peace behind us, peace under our feet
    Peace within us, peace over us, let all around us be peace.


    (Based on a Navaho Indian Prayer. Words by David Haas. “Best of David Haas,” Vol. I, GIA Publications, 1995.)
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    Mary, wellspring of peace...Be our guide.
    Model of strength...Be our guide.
    Model of gentleness...Be our guide.
    Model of trust...Be our guide.
    Model of courage...Be our guide.
    Model of patience...Be our guide.
    Model of risk...Be our guide.
    Model of openness...Be our guide.
    Model of perseverence...Be our guide.
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    RE: 2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions! 2009/01/01 04:35:59 (permalink)
    Dear God, creator of women in your image,
    born of a woman in the midst of a world half women,
    carried by women to mission fields around the globe,
    made known by women to all the children of the earth,
    give to the women of our time
    the strength to persevere,
    the courage to speak out,
    the faith to believe in you beyond
    all systems and institutions
    so that your face on earth may be seen in all its beauty,
    so that men and women may become whole,
    so that the church may be converted to your will
    in everything and in all ways.

    We call on the holy women
    who went before us,
    channels of Your Word
    in testaments old and new,
    to intercede for us
    so that we might be given the grace
    to become what they have been
    for the honour and glory of God.

    • Pray for us.

    Saint Esther, who pleaded against power 
    for the liberation of the people,
    Saint Judith, who routed the plans of men
    and saved community,
    Saint Deborah, laywoman and judge, who led
    the people of God,
    Saint Elizabeth of Judea, who recognised
    the value of another woman,
    Saint Mary Magdalene, minister of Jesus,
    first evangelist of Christ,
    Saint Scholastica, who taught her brother
    Benedict to honour spirit above the system,
    Saint Hildegard, who suffered interdict
    for the doing of right,
    Saint Joan of Arc, who put no law above
    the law of God,
    Saint Clare of Assisi, who confronted the Pope
    with the image of women as equal,
    Saint Julien of Norwich, who proclaimed for
    all of us the motherhood of God,
    Saint Therese of Lisieux, who knew the call
    to priesthood in herself,
    Saint Catherine of Siena, to whom the Pope
    listened,
    Saint Teresa of Avila, who brought women's gifts
    to reform the Church,
    Saint Edith Stein, who brought fearlessness
    to faith,
    Saint Elizabeth Seton, who broke down the
    boundaries between lay women and
    religious by wedding motherhood and
    religious life,
    Dorothy Day, who led the church to a new
    sense of justice,
    Mary, mother of Jesus,
        who heard the call of God and answered,
    Mary, mother of Jesus,
        who drew strength from the woman Elizabeth,
    Mary, mother of Jesus,
        who underwent hardship bearing Christ,
    Mary, mother of Jesus,
        who ministered at Cana,
    Mary, mother of Jesus,
        who inspirited at Pentecost,
    Mary, mother of Jesus,
        who turned the Spirit of God
    into the body and blood of Jesus, pray for us.
     
    Amen. 
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    RE: 2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions! 2009/01/01 05:09:52 (permalink)
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    January 1 - Day to meditate for peace throughout the world. [World Peace Day; Universal Hour of Peace: 0700-0800 EST.]
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    RE: 2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions! 2009/01/01 05:54:26 (permalink)
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    On this day January 1 in 404 - The last known gladiatorial competition in Rome takes place.
     
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    RE: 2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions! 2009/01/01 06:00:45 (permalink)
     
     





    On this day January 1:
    • in 1808 - The importation of slaves into the United States is banned. 
    • in 1863 - US President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation declaring that slaves in Confederate states were free.
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    RE: 2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions! 2009/01/01 06:30:38 (permalink)
    Dear friends

    If you are new to www.womenpriests.org, you will soon learn that the issue of slavery gets a fair bit of press in our discussions. Anticipating that you will be questioning 'why?' and wondering 'what is the connection between slavery and women's ordination?', the short answer is this. Defenders of the Vatican ban against women's ordination argue that:
    • "This is the way it has always been."  The ban has consistently been part of Church teaching.   
    • the Vatican does not make mistakes.
    At first blush, these might seem like good points. But, when we equip ourselves with information, we will recognise the facts as these. Historical record shows that the Vatican does not always get things 'right' on first strike. As we -- including men in the Vatican -- gain deeper clarity in Christ's truth, as consciences become illuminated by Christ's light and as we are able to see more clearly, we know there are many instances where Church teachings have necessarily evolved and transformed so as to bring our faith community into closer communion with Christ.

    The Vatican's record on teachings about slavery provides one example of the kind of evolution I write about. Throughout most of our ecclesiastical history, the Vatican taught clearly that slavery was in accord with both divine and natural law. Were it not for the courage of abolitionists who laboured to bring about transformation in teaching and law in both Church and society, the institution of slavery might still well be thriving.

    We know that society in general adapted more quickly than did the Church in condemning the practice of slavery.  For instance, the British House of Commons passed 'The Abolition of the Slave Trade Act on March 25, 1807. The nation of Cuba banned slavery as early as 1824, and in 1837, American abolitionist, Elijah P. Lovejoy became a martyr for the cause when a pro-slavery mob burned down a warehouse where his printing press was housed. 


    Wood engraving of the pro-slavery mob burning down the warehouse
    where American Presbyterian minister, journalist, newspaper
    editor and abolitionist, Elijah P. Lovejoy, kept his printing press.
    Lovejoy was murdered -- martyred -- by the mob. 
     
    And the Vatican? Was it working to abolish slavery? In 1866, Rome was still positively endorsing slavery as justifiable in the eyes of God. Historical record tells us that in:


    1866 AD: The Holy Office in an instruction signed by Pope Pius IX declares: Slavery itself, considered as such in its essential nature, is not at all contary to the natural and divine law, and there can be several just titles of slavery, and these are referred to by approved theologians and commentators of the sacred canons … It is not contrary to the natural and divine law for a slave to be sold, bought, exchanged or given".
    Thanks to an evolution of understanding of Truth, today the Vatican categorically condemns slavery as an offense to human dignity.

    Application to the case for women's ordination: In the same way -- through an evolution of understanding of Truth -- we are learning that the exclusion of women from priesthood is not of God. Exclusion, like slavery, constitutes a serious error on the part of teaching authority. The exclusion of women is offensive to human dignity.

    Documentation included in our library makes clear that slavery is not the only example where an evolution in understanding thus a change in Church teaching has occurred. I invite you to consider the following links:

      Because our Church shows its capacity to embrace necessary evolutions in teachings so as to journey in closer communion with Christ's Truth, it has the capacity to move forward with teachings about women priests, too! While Truth never changes, the attempt to defend the exclusion of women from Holy Orders on the basis that 'this is the way it always has been' is like a last ditch kitchen sink argument. It is neither convincing nor sound.

      We will learn more as we journey together. If you have any questions at any time, please let me know.

      with love and blessings,

      ~Sophie~
      post edited by Sophie - 2009/01/04 17:19:37
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      RE: 2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions! 2009/01/01 07:07:01 (permalink)
        Pope Pius IX surrounded by Clergy
      mantelletta/wikipedia

      In 1866 Pope Pius IX declares:

      Slavery itself, considered as such in its essential nature, is not at all contary to the natural and divine law, and there can be several just titles of slavery, and these are referred to by approved theologians and commentators of the sacred canons. It is not contrary to the natural and divine law for a slave to be sold, bought, exchanged or given.
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      RE: 2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions! 2009/01/01 07:08:32 (permalink)

      Abolishing slavery
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      Timeline: World Response to Slavery
       
      Early timeline 
       
      Note that many of these changes were reversed in practice over the succeeding centuries.


      • 1102 - Trade in slaves and serfdom ruled illegal in London: Council of Westminster
      • 1117 - Slavery abolished in Iceland
      • 1215 - Magna Carta recognizes the right to liberty in England
      • 1274 - Landslova (Land's Law) in Norway mentions only former slaves, which indicates that slavery was abolished in Norway
      • 1335 - Sweden and Finland make slavery illegal

      Modern timeline
      • 1588 - Lithuania and Japan abolish slavery
      • 1600 - Last villein dies in England
      • 1723 - Russia abolishes slavery
      • 1761 - Portugual abolishes slavery
      • 1772 - Slavery declared illegal in England, including overseas slaves living in England. Lord Chief Justice Mansfield rules that English law does not support slavery.
      • 1777 - Slavery abolished in Madeira
      • 1777 - Slavery abolished in Vermont, USA
      • 1778 - Slavery illegal in Scotland
      • 1783 - Russia abolishes slavery in Crimean Khanate
      • 1783 - Massachusetts rules slavery illegal based on 1780 constitution
      • 1783 - Bukovina: Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor issued an order abolishing slavery on June 19, 1783 in Czernowitz
      • 1787 - Sierra Leone founded by British as state for emancipated slaves
      • 1787 - Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade founded in Britain
      • 1788 - Sir William Dolben's Act regulating the conditions on British slave ships enacted
      • 1791 - Haiti gains independence and emancipation
      • 1792 - Slave trading abolished in Denmark (though slavery continues to 1847).
      • 1794 - Upper Canada, by Act Against Slavery
      • 1794 - French First Republic abolishes slavery (re-established by Napoleon in 1802)
      • 1799 - New York State introduces gradual emancipation
      • 1802 - Denmark abolishes slave trade in Danish colonies
      • 1802 - Slavery re-introduced in France
      • 1803 - Lower Canada abolishes slavery
      • 1804 - Haiti abolishes slavery
      • 1807 - Abolition of the Slave Trade Act: slave trading abolished in British Empire. Captains fined £100 per slave transported.
      • 1807 British begin patrols of African coast to arrest slaving vessels. West Africa Squadron (Royal Navy) established to suppress slave trading; by 1865, nearly 150,000 people freed by anti-slavery operations
      • 1807 - Abolition in Prussia, Germany - The Stein-Hardenberg Reforms.
      • 1808 - United States -- importation of slaves into the US prohibited after Jan. 1.
      • 1811 - Slave trading made a felony in the British Empire punishable by transportation for British subjects and Foreigners.
      • 1811 - Spain abolishes slavery at home and in all colonies except Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Santo Domingo
      • 1814 - Dutch outlaw slave trade
      • 1815 - British pay Portuguese £750,000 (several hundred million dollars in current values) to cease their trade
      • 1815 - Congress of Vienna. 8 Victorious powers declared their opposition to slavery
      • 1817 - Spain paid £400,000 by British to cease trade to Cuba, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo
      • 1818 - Treaty between Britain and Spain to abolish slave trade
      • 1818 - Treaty between Britain and Portugual to abolish slave trade 
      • 1818 - France and Holland abolish slave trading
      • 1819 - Treaty between Britain and Netherlands to abolish slave trade 
      • 1821 - Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela abolish slavery
      • 1821 - Liberia founded by USA as state for emancipated slaves.
      • 1822 - Greece abolishes slavery.
      • 1823 - Chile abolishes slavery
      • 1827 - Treaty between Britain and Sweden to abolish slave trade 
      • 1829 - Mexico abolishes slavery
      • 1831 - Bolivia abolishes slavery
      • 1834 - The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force, abolishing slavery throughout most of the British Empire. The exceptions being territories controlled by the Honourable East India Company and the islands of Ceylon and St. Helena.
      • 1834 - Jamaica abolishes slavery
      • 1835 - Treaty between Britain and France to abolish slave trade 
      • 1835 - Treaty between Britain and France and Denmark to abolish slave trade 
      • 1836 - Portugual abolishes transatlantic slave trade
      • 1839 - British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society founded, now called Anti-Slavery International
      • 1839 - Indian indenture system made illegal
      • 1840 - Treaty between Britain and Venezuela to abolish slave trade 
      • 1841 - Quintuple Treaty is signed.  England, France, Russia, Prussia and Austria agree to suppress slave trade
      • 1842 - Webster-Ashburton Treaty between Britain and USA
      • 1842 - Uruguay abolishes slavery
      • 1843 - Honourable East India Company becomes increasingly controlled by Britain and abolishes slavery in India by the Indian Slavery Act V. of 1843.
      • 1843 - Treaty between Britain and Uruguay to suppress slave trade
      • 1843 - Treaty between Britain and Mexico to suppress slave trade
      • 1843 - Treaty between Britain and Chile to suppress slave trade 
      • 1843 - Argentina abolishes slavery
      • 1843 - Treaty between Britain and Bolivia to abolish slave trade 
      • 1845 - 36 British Navy ships are assigned to the Anti-Slavery Squadron, making it one of the largest fleets in the world.
      • 1846 - Tunisia abolishes slavery
      • 1847 - Sweden abolishes slavery
      • 1848 - Denmark abolishes slavery
      • 1848 - Slavery abolished in all French and Danish colonies
      • 1848 - France founds Gabon for settlement of emancipated slaves.
      • 1848 - Treaty between Britain and Muscat to suppress slave trade
      • 1849 - Treaty between Britain and Persian Gulf states to suppress slave trade 
      • 1850 - United States: Fugitive Slave Law of 1850
      • 1851 - Brazil ends slave trade
      • 1854 - Peru abolishes slavery
      • 1854 - Venezuela abolishes slavery
      • 1855 - Moldavia abolishes slavery
      • 1856 - Wallachia abolishes slavery
      • 1860 - Indenture system abolished in British occupied India
      • 1861 - Russia frees its serfs in the Emancipation reform of 1861.
      • 1862 - Treaty between United States and Britain for the suppression of the slave trade (African Slave Trade Treaty Act)
      • 1862 - Cuba abolishes slave trade
      • 1863 - Slavery abolished in Dutch colonies
      • 1863 - United States:Emancipation Proclamation declares those slaves in Confederate-controlled areas to be freed.
      • 1865 - United States abolishes slavery with the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
      • 1869 - Portugual abolishes slavery in the African colonies
      • 1871 - Brazil declares free the sons and daughters born to slave mothers after September 28, 1871.
      • 1873 - Puerto Rico abolishes slavery
      • 1873 - Treaty between Britain and Zanzibar and Madagascar to suppress slave trade
      • 1874 - Britain abolishes slavery in Ghana (the Gold Coast) (after Third Anglo-Asante War and British annexation of the Gold Coast in 1874)
      • 1886 - Cuba abolishes slavery
      • 1888 - Brazil abolishes slavery
      • 1890 - Brussels Act - Treaty granting anti-slavery powers the right to stop and search ships for slaves
      • 1894 - Korea abolishes slavery
      • 1896 - France abolishes slavery in Madagascar
      • 1897 - Zanzibar abolishes slavery
      • 1905 - Siam (Thailand) abolishes slavery
      • 1910 - China abolishes slavery
      • 1923 - Afghanistan abolishes slavery
      • 1924 - Iraq abolishes slavery
      • 1924 - League of Nations Temporary Slavery Commission
      • 1926 - Slavery Convention. Bound all signatories to end slavery CONVENTION TO SUPPRESS THE SLAVE TRADE AND SLAVERY (25 Sep 1926)
      • 1926 - Nepal abolishes slavery
      • 1928 - Iran abolishes slavery
      • 1928 - Domestic slavery practised by local African elites abolished in Sierra Leone (paradoxically established as a place for freed slaves). A study found practices of domestic slavery still widespread in rural areas in the 1970s.
      • 1936 - Britain abolishes slavery in Northern Nigeria
      • 1942 - Ethiopia abolishes slavery
      • 1948 - UN Article 4 of the Declaration of Human Rights bans slavery globally
      • 1952 - Qatar abolishes slavery
      • 1952 - Saudi Arabia abolishes slavery
      • 1962 - Yemen abolishes slavery
      • 1963 - United Arab Emirates abolishes slavery
      • 1970 - Oman abolishes slavery
      • 1981 - Mauritania abolishes slavery (Mauritania has repeatedly abolished slavery. It is the last country to still have chattel slavery.)
      • Slavery continues today with illegal human trafficking
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      RE: 2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions! 2009/01/01 07:10:37 (permalink)
      Dear friends,

      Drawing from data in J.F.Maxwell's, ‘The Development of Catholic Doctrine concerning Slavery’, World Jurist 11 (1969-70) pp. 147-192 and 291-324, our website founder, Dr. John Wijngaards has prepared a helpful table showing the evolution through time of Rome's teachings about slavery.  The chart illustrates how change has happened... beginning with outright support for slavery right up to today...outright condemnation of it! 

      The chart is found in our library at: http://www.womenpriests.org/teaching/slavery1.asp.  A copy of it follows here.  If you have any questions, let me know.

      with love and blessings,

      ~Sophie~

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      362 AD: The local Council at Gangra in Asia Minor excommunicates anyone encouraging a slave to despise his master or withdraw from his service. (Became part of Church Law from the 13th century).

      354-430 AD: St. Augustine teaches that the institution of slavery derives from God and is beneficial to slaves and masters. (Quoted by many later Popes as proof of "Tradition".)

      650 AD: Pope Martin I condemns people who teach slaves about freedom or who encourage them to escape.

      1089 AD: The Synod of Melfi under Pope Urban II imposed slavery on the wives of priests. (Became part of Church Law from the 13th century).

      1179 AD: The Third Lateran Council imposed slavery on those helping the Saracens.

      1226 AD: The legitimacy of slavery is incorporated in the Corpus Iuris Canonici, promulgated by Pope Gregory IX which remained official law of the Church until 1913. Canon lawyers worked out four just titles for holding slaves: slaves captured in war, persons condemned to slavery for a crime; persons selling themselves into slavery, including a father selling his child; children of a mother who is a slave.

      1224-1274 AD: St.Thomas Aquinas defends slavery as instituted by God in punishment for sin, and justified as being part of the ‘right of nations’ and natural law. Children of a slave mother are rightly slaves even though they have not committed personal sin! (Quoted by many later Popes).

      1435 AD: Pope Eugenius IV condemns the indiscriminate enslavement of natives in the Canary Islands, but does not condemn slavery as such.

      1454 AD: Through the bull Romanus Pontifex, Pope Nicholas V authorises the king of Portugal to enslave all the Saracen and pagan peoples his armies may conquer.

      1493 AD: Pope Alexander VI authorises the King of Spain to enslave non-Christians of the Americas who are at war with Christian powers.

      1537 AD: Pope Paul III condemns the indiscriminate enslavement of Indians in South America. 

      1548 AD: The same Pope Paul III confirms the right of clergy and laity to own slaves.

      1639 AD: Pope Urban VIII denounces the indiscriminate enslavement of Indians in South America, without denying the four ‘just titles’ for owning slaves.

      1741 AD: Pope Benedict XIV condemns the indiscriminate enslavement of natives in Brazil, but does not denounce slavery as such, nor the importation of slaves from Africa.

      1839 AD: Pope Gregory XVI condemns the international negro slave trade, but does not question slavery as such, nor the domestic slave trade.

      1866 AD: The Holy Office in an instruction signed by Pope Pius IX declares: Slavery itself, considered as such in its essential nature, is not at all contary to the natural and divine law, and there can be several just titles of slavery, and these are referred to by approved theologians and commentators of the sacred canons … It is not contrary to the natural and divine law for a slave to be sold, bought, exchanged or given".


      The turn around

      1888 AD: Pope Leo III condemns slavery in more general terms, and supports the anti-slavery movement.

      1918 AD: The new Code of Canon Law promulgated by Pope Benedictus XV condemns ‘selling any person as a slave’. (There is no condemnation of ‘owning’ slaves, however).

      1965 AD: The Second Vatican Council defends basic human rights and denounces all violations of human integrity, including slavery (Gaudium et Spes, no 27,29,67).

      http://www.womenpriests.org/teaching/slavery1.asp 
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      RE: 2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions! 2009/01/01 07:12:28 (permalink)
       
       
       
       
      In 1965, the Vatican finally gets it right when it declares:

      Whatever is opposed to life itself, such as . . . arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, prostitution, the selling of women and children, and slavery . . . all these things and others of their like are infamies indeed. They poison human society and are a supreme dishonour to the Creator . . .

      Human institutions, both private and public, must labour to minister to the dignity and purpose of the human person. Let them put up a stubborn fight against any form of slavery and
      safeguard the basic human rights under any political system.

      Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes (AD 1965) § 27, 29
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      RE: 2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions! 2009/01/01 07:14:12 (permalink)
      Dear friends,

      On the matter of slavery, the Vatican's current Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, Cardinal William Levada  acknowledges:


      There is a long tradition in the church of accepting the institution of slavery, but in the light of the repeated teachings of modern popes and the Second Vatican Council on the dignity of the human person, church teaching has evolved from acceptance of slavery as part of the human condition to its eventual condemnation.

      - Cardinal William Levada, Prefect for the Vatican's Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith


      Cardinal William Levada
      Current Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith

      Those of us working for the ordination of women generously applaud the Vatican for finally getting it right in endorsing a categorical condemnation of slavery in its modern teachings.  Thanks to the agents for change who courageously worked for abolition, the Vatican  finally saw the light! 

      Please join us now in this campaign as we work towards conversion of the Vatican... encouraging them to see the light that women do have a place as deacons, priests, bishops and even popes within our Church.

      We appreciate your presence here!  Welcome!  Please explore and enjoy our site.  If you have any questions, let me know.

      with love and blessings,

      ~Sophie~
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      RE: 2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions! 2009/01/01 07:14:51 (permalink)
      Catholicism and slavery a compromising history
      By Barbara Fawcett
      The Prairie Messenger
      June 25, 2008

      WINNIPEG — That the church views slavery as “a supreme dishonour to the Creator” comes as no surprise to people of faith, but such a statement from the Vatican only first appeared in 1965, said Rev. John Perry, SJ, when Pope Paul VI included it in the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes).


      John Perry, SJ

      Perry, author of Catholics and Slavery: A Compromising History, told his audience at the book launch at McNally Robinson Booksellers June 5 that slavery was inserted in a list of condemnations during the drafting of the constitution at the suggestion of several bishops, leaving the unfortunate impression that it had been included as an afterthought.
       
      Perry, who teaches ethics at St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba, holds a doctorate in theology. He explained that the final version of Gaudium et Spes reads, “whatever insults human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children, as well as disgraceful working conditions where men are treated as mere tools for profit, rather than as free and responsible persons; all these things and others of their like are infamies indeed.”

      Perry said that, at various times throughout history, the church has “promoted, condoned and participated in slavery.”

      The scriptural justification for slavery is found in Genesis 9:24-27, in which Noah became drunk and “lay naked in his tent.” His son Ham looked on his father’s nakedness while his other sons, Shem and Japheth, averted their eyes as they covered him. On waking, Noah cursed Ham’s son Canaan and his successors to be eternal slaves. As Canaan had been accepted in some circles as the biblical progenitor of black Africans, “the curse of Ham” had long been used in defence of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

      Perry spoke of the work of Antonio Viera, a Portuguese priest who worked among slaves in Brazil, encouraging them “to be imitators of Christ crucified and thus become better Christians than their owners,” and of St. Paul, who described himself as a slave of Christ, lending dignity to the condition of those living in slavery and comparing it to the obedience and submission of those entering religious life.

      According to Perry, through most of the church’s history, slavery has been part of an economic reality, and while the church has always urged slave owners to treat their slaves kindly, the issue of abolition was never vigorously addressed.

      Papal documents of the 15th and 16th centuries gave European powers permission to conquer and enslave Africans and North Americans. Perry noted that many of these rulings have not officially been rescinded.

      Perry said that slaves are still kept in many parts of the world, including sugar cane workers in the Dominican Republic, child soldiers in Uganda and sex trade workers in Central America and Italy. The victims are unnumbered and their need is dire.

      Perry said the success with which the church can combat this evil is yet to be seen.

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      RE: 2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions! 2009/01/01 17:35:58 (permalink)
       





      The implications for ordination of women?  We respectfully submit: History shows that the Vatican sometimes makes mistakes.  It is doing so when it insists on the exclusion of women from the priesthood.  What  does history shows?  Once errors are realised, the Vatican has a demonstrated capacity to get things right...and to become champions for a cause!  With hope in our hearts, we press on! 

      Calling all agents of transformation -- help open the doors to women deacons... women priests... and women bishops... and yes, women popes!!!!
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      RE: 2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions! 2009/01/01 18:19:08 (permalink)

      Dear friends,

      In order to remain prophetic, the Catholic Church must continue to adapt to a deepening comprehension of truth. It is concerning that the Vatican stubbornly insists on its ban against women in ordained ministry when:
      • evidence shows clearly there are no justifications --scriptural, traditional, theological and otherwise -- to justify the ban
      • and while the majority of the world is working to gain ground in conquering the evil of discrimination against women.
      The world is more clearly appreciating the truth. So too must Rome... We cannot permit the Vatican to hide from the truth or hide the truth from the faithful ... especially since it claims to lead!

      Given the global nature of our Church, its face in the developing world, and its capacity for connection between First and Third Worlds, a potentially positive consequence of ending discrimination against women inside the Church will be the concurrent energy that waits to be harnessed to build justice for women in the world.

      with love and blessings,

      ~Sophie~
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      RE: 2009 News Central, Items of Interest, Traffic Directions! 2009/01/01 18:42:02 (permalink)

      St. Therese of Lisieux
       
      "I feel the vocation of the WARRIOR, THE PRIEST, THE APOSTLE, THE DOCTOR, THE MARTYR. ... I feel in me the vocation of the PRIEST. With what love, O Jesus, I would take You in my hands when, at my voice, You would come down from heaven. And with what love would I give You to souls!"

      - St. Therese of Lisieux 
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