Call to (Fr)action is having a conference and of course it contains the usual suspects (read dissidents) and strange titles for focus sessions and presentations. The conference starts on November 3rd so that must be the Feast of All Dissidents.
Jumping Without A Chute imagines an suitable itinerary, though the real one though parody-free is pretty funny.
Now I thought I had read the majority of pro-women’s ordination arguments, but I guess I missed this one. "Personal to Political: How Women’s Ordination Impacts the Global Community" to be given by Joy Barnes. We also get to learn that "Mary of Nazareth, Jewish peasant woman of faith, has been released from her role as a submissive handmaiden and restored to her place as a powerful, prophetic woman." So since when did submission to God to become something that you must be released from? “I am the powerful prophetic women of the Lord” just doesn’t parse that well. We are the tallest when we kneel and the most powerful when we humbly submit to God’s will.
I will never understand the progressives love of the use prophetic. After all the prophets were the ones that denounced sin and kept calling Israel back to faithfully following the Covenant. They attacked liturgical abuses like offering lambs that were sick or had other defects. John the Baptist went in over his head when he denounced Herod’s invalid marriage. Repentance was a big thing with prophets and Elijah was not the most ecumenical figure. They did not go around telling the Church to change. For example demanding the opening the priesthood to all the tribes of Israel. They were the faithful who were calling dissident kings and Levitical priests to repent and to follow God’s law. In short the prophets were the opposite of progressive dissidents who demand instead that God’s law to changed and not followed.
"Earth Spirit and You: A Spirituality for the 21st Century" Yeah you knew that one was coming. "Why Do Men Need the Goddess? Gender and the Creation of Goddesses in Western Religion" and "The Most Holy Eucharist: Source and summit of our faith" – well I was kidding about the last one. After all concluding the year of the Eucharist and the recent synod you wouldn’t want to have a conference that mentioned the Eucharist you know. But there is a report on a synod – that is how they tried to deliver petitions at the synod for of course women priests.
Praying with Teresa of Avila, a Woman for Today
Gloria Ulterino and Judith Boyd lead this prayer service. Like us, Teresa lived in a time of oppression and resistance to change. Called by Christ from her tomb of fear, she stood tall.
That would be the same St. Teresa of Avila who helped to reform the Carmelites who had mostly lapsed and fallen into wordy ways. She called the Carmelites not to some new fad, but back to the beginnings of the first Carmelite rule. The Discalced Carmelites went shoeless not habit-less. Sure we all live in a time of oppression and resistance to change. We are all oppressed by our own sins and our resistant to change. We would much rather that the world come into conformity with our sins than for us to repent of them. Though I take comfort for myself and others that St. Teresa was not exactly a model nun and for a long period of time did not even pray. She was luke-warm but later burned with the love of Christ especially in his humanity. May the same happen for all of us including the members of CTA.
All Saints pray for us.