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Catholic Women and Holy Orders: The Time Is Now

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Left to right: Episcopa (Bishop) Theodora, St. Praxedis, Virgin Mary, and St. Pudentiana. Titular basilica of St. Praxedis, Rome, A.D. 820

  • Women have been excluded from the sacrament of Holy Orders based upon Church teachings that do not stand up under scrutiny. These teachings build upon erroneous assumptions and rationales that are not in accord with historical facts, sound reasoning, and good theology.
  • Now is the time for our entire Church – laity, clergy, and hierarchy – to recognize and correct these errors.
  • Related: Religion as a Front for Tyranny: A Roundtable on the Timeliness of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Council of the Baptized 

 

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February, 2017 | 

“The joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the [people] of our time ... are the joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well.”

These opening words from the Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes declare that the Church stands in solidarity with all people. For Catholic women, however, this declaration has not materialized into practice within our Church. For many Catholic women, grief remains unacknowledged. Though qualified by Baptism and called by the Holy Spirit, women cannot receive the sacrament of Holy Orders and serve the Church as deacons, priests, or bishops. The Council of the Baptized urges priests, bishops, and lay people to champion the full inclusion of women at all levels of the Church.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Council%20of%20the%20Baptized%20logo.jpgThis paper is published by the Council of the Baptized which is a 21 member panel of Catholics, chartered in January 2012, to be a collegial voice for a growing community of Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in honoring their baptismal responsibility for their local church

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We have only to look at how Trump conflated Christianity with white nationalism and threw in a pinch of opposition to reproductive freedom to see how far someone who is skilled at manipulating religion can get.

 



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After a “Fascinating, Terrifying” 100 Days, Reproductive Rights Activists Are Planning Next Moves

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It’s important for people to stay informed and to keep calling their members of Congress. Starting conversations to raise awareness of the issues is also imperative.

Alice Pettway, the Progressive

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May 12, 2017 | rump’s first 100 days are over, and it’s been a “fascinating, terrifying” ride, said Amy Friedrich-Karnik, senior federal policy advisor for the Center for Reproductive Rights. Speaking in a webinar Thursday, she urged advocates to stay strong.

“There’s been a tremendous response to this administration,” observed Friedrich-Karnik, “people are engaged at levels we haven’t seen before.”

Alice Pettway is a poet and writer whose work has appeared in over 30 print and online journals. Currently, she teaches creative writing in Bogotá, Colombia.

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What It Really Means To ‘Defund’ Planned Parenthood

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  • It’s just taking away people’s options.
  • Related: The Real Reason Republicans Keep Pushing Transgender Bathroom Bans

Laura Bassett, Huffington Post

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The government does not cut a blank check to Planned Parenthood. The family planning provider is listed nowhere in the federal budget, and a law already prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions. Planned Parenthood is only reimbursed for the non-abortion health care services it provides to low-income women, including birth control, Pap smears, breast exams and STI tests, through Medicaid and the Title X family planning program.

Laura Bassett Senior Politics Reporter, the Huffington Post 

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The Real Reason Republicans Keep Pushing Transgender Bathroom Bans, Matt Baume, Huffington Post 

GOP politicians are  devoting a lot of thought to seats ― but not toilet seats, legislative seats. These discriminatory bills don’t protect citizens, they protect politicians. Here’s how.

 

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The Real Reason Republicans Keep Pushing Transgender Bathroom Bans

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GOP politicians are  devoting a lot of thought to seats ― but not toilet seats, legislative seats. These discriminatory bills don’t protect citizens, they protect politicians. Here’s how.

Matt Baume, Huffington Post

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Panic%20in%20the%20Bathroom.jpg03/01/2017 | Bathroom bills have been popping up in state after state — you know, the laws that say transgender people can’t use a bathroom unless it matches their birth certificate. In other words, you can’t pee unless you show your toilet papers.

Why are we suddenly seeing so many of these? The politicians pushing them claim that they just want to protect people. And you know what? They’re right ― stopping trans people from using the bathroom will protect people. But not the people they say.

Lawmakers claim that their bills will stop predators, and protect children.

Matt Baume: Seattle-based writer & storyteller

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Advocates launch multi-state legal challenge against abortion restrictions, lambast congressional 'witch hunt' against providers, more

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  • Key stakeholders in women's health praise a legal challenge against abortion restrictions in three states, blast a congressional panel targeting abortion providers and more.
  • "We are going to fight back state by state and law by law until every person has the right to pursue the life they want, including the right to decide to end a pregnancy." -- Raegan McDonald-Mosley, chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood, discussing three lawsuits filed by the organization and other advocacy groups against abortion restrictions in Missouri, North Carolina and Alaska. In the lawsuit, the advocacy groups cited the Supreme Court's continued affirmation of women's right to abortion care, as well as the high court's recent ruling in Whole Woman's Health vs. Hellerstedt, which struck down medically unnecessary abortion restrictions in Texas (Women's Health Policy Report, 12/1).
  • Related: Special Project | The War on Women- Is Donald Trump’s Cabinet Anti-Woman?
  • Special Project | Hatewatch- The Terrorists Among Us

Women's Health Policy Report, National Partnership for Women and Families

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Stop%20the%20War%20on%20Women%20graphic_0.jpgDecember 8, 2016 | "This purely partisan witch-hunt against researchers and doctors has caused affirmative harm." -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), the top liberal lawmaker on a panel targeting abortion providers, discussing a report released by the panel's liberal members. The report refutes claims made by conservative members and criticizes how conservative lawmakers have conducted their investigation. For instance, the report debunked claims that abortion providers profited from fetal tissue donations and found that conservative lawmakers issued 42 subpoenas in violation of House rules, among other allegations (Women's Health Policy Report, 12/6).

"The majority of Americans, including [President-elect Donald] Trump's own voters, support access to health care at Planned Parenthood and want abortion to stay legal and safe." -- Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, pledging to keep the organization open amid conservative lawmakers' plans to defund Planned Parenthood next year. Propelled in part by Trump's election, conservative lawmakers in 2017 plan to target Planned Parenthood funding, ban abortion care at 20 weeks, make the Hyde Amendment permanent and ensure conservative appointments to the Supreme Court (Women's Health Policy Report, 11/30).

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Women's Health Policy Report is a publication of the National Partnership for Women and Families. Founded in 1971 as the Women’s Legal Defense Fund, the National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization located in Washington, D.C. Today, we promote fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.

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Special Project | The War on Women- Is Donald Trump’s Cabinet Anti-Woman? Susan Chira, New York (NY) Times / National Partnership for Women

Consider their positions on these issues.

 

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Special Project | Hatewatch- The Terrorists Among Us, William Saletan, Slate <http://www.slate.com>

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  • Forget Syria. The most dangerous religious extremists are migrants from North and South Carolina.
  • Related: Advocates launch multi-state legal challenge against abortion restrictions, lambast congressional 'witch hunt' against providers, more

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