Will you support America's Women in the Life of the Church initiative?

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One of our exciting new initiatives is Women in the Life of the Church. America Media will produce special content across our platforms on the role of women in the church and will continue to feature the voices of Catholic women in the pages of America and at live events.


The special content will include articles written and produced primarily by women and will look at the ways in which the diverse experience of Catholic women in the church and our world continues to evolve. This initiative builds upon what America has already done by becoming the first Jesuit journal in the world to produce an issue written and edited entirely by women.

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Chris Miller
1 year 10 months ago
I was ordained into the American Lutheran Church in 1975, as the 7th woman Pastor. It was so new that the Letter of Call had to black out all him/he references and change them to female gender. I immediately entered the Navy Chaplain Corps as the 4th woman Chaplain. I served with US Marines as the first woman Chaplain serving with Marines (--and then there was the day when, after a funeral for a young Marine, an older former Marine came up and called me Padre...oh well. It was a compliment), and the first to go to sea. I am now a retired Pastor with the ELCA. I would be happy to contribute in any way which would be useful to America's new project. One of the greatest blessings I have received was to get to know, Chaplain, later Cardinal, John O'Connor, whom I counted as a great friend over the decades.. The military Chaplain Corps was unique ministry, and I learned a great deal. Roman Catholic Chaplains were usually friends--like me, they were celibate, and we had grown up with a similar educational structure, unknown to the vast majority of evangelical Chaplains. We had a lot more in common than I knew back as a kid in the pre-Vatican II era, when my Catholic friends disappeared into a church which had a strange ritual that I never connected with my own. But this coming year the ELCA, and the WORLD Lutheran Federation, and the Roman Catholic Church, will be marking the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. What an adventure I've been on! Pr Chris
Luis Gutierrez
1 year 10 months ago
It is not about supporting women. It is about allowing Christ to liberate the Church from a sacramental theology contaminated by patriarchal gender theory. This is a petition to Pope Francis, entirely based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and St John Paul II's Theology of the Body: Appeal to Pope Francis ~ English http://pelicanweb.org/CCC.TOB.120.html#english Apelación al Papa Francisco ~ Español http://pelicanweb.org/CCC.TOB.120.html#spanish
William Rydberg
1 year 10 months ago
Mr Gutierrez, One appreciates that when one is fond of a position, they tend to like to repeat. However, it would be useful if you would define your term "patriarchal gender theory" as it strikes me that it is used more as a concatenated adjective. Also, I don't understand how one concludes that the Sacraments are somehow contaminated? Is your position that Pastoral priorities preclude the Faith being lived out? If so, can you comment on the seeming cognitive dissonance? To some, (perhaps very many) Pastoral is synonymous with the Faith lived out. Also, can you cite any examples from history where it was clear that the Church Authoritatively in its Ecumenical Councils turned its back on the love of Christ. Trying to understand you better? in Christ,


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