Sunday, May 27, 2007

Pentecost and Womyn in the Church


Next week I'm going to be giving a talk on womyn and the Church, and I'd like to invite y'all to come!


As we all know, womyn have been oppressed by the Roman Patriarchy for centuries now, although there's evidence that womyn were ordained priests in the early years. As a result of men's actions, womyn's leadership has been suppressed and they've invented their own history to cover up the truth.


It's time that we take arms against this sea of trouble, and by opposing, end it.


The fact remains that womyn were priests in the past and we are seeking to turn the tide back towards this in the future, calling for equailty, for womyn who are experiencing the call to the priesthood are being denied. It is unfair, and it is intolerant of womyn, and usurps our dignity.


As this is pentecost, let me also draw your attention to the fact that Mary was present at the descent of the Holy Spirit and this should be proof enough that she was a priest, too.


We will get together next week in a workshop to explore the history of oppression of womyn in the church, the reality of ordained womyn in history, and find ways to dialogue about this so that we can work to change the heirarchy from within.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know, there's some womyn by the name of Edith Stein who did a lot of work on feminism in the Catholic Church. I don’t know much about her, but I think they even made her a Saint so you should see if you can incorporate her work into your talks! She was killed by the Nazis so therefore she is a voice of the oppressed and I’m sure would be right up your alley. I’m sure she wouldn’t believe in a true “essence of woman” or the “natural vocation of woman” to motherhood and spousal love. . . I mean, no womyn that knew the oppression of the Nazis could possibly believe in such a patriarchal interpretation of scripture, right?

~ D.D. (my name doesn’t have two e’s… but it has two d’s!)

Anonymous said...

Wow. I was just at the National Catholic Reporter, and they have a podcast with Andrew Harvey, who writes a tribute to Christ and the divine feminine! Listen to this dude talk:
Harvey describes a vision of "a sacred action that fuses the fire of the mystic's passion for God with the fire of the activist's passion for justice. To purify the mystic fire of its self-absorption and tendency to narcissism and to purify the activist's fire of its tendencies to dramatics, burnout, demonization and divisive thinking, so that the purest elements of the mystic's fire and the purest elements of the activist's fire can come together in a vast, tender conflagration of the authentic Christ consciousness that explodes through networks of grace all over the world into calm, wise, focused, radical action to save the planet, save the broken, to save ourselves. Redemption." Maybe we can set a mystic fire in the front of the church!For womyn everywhere!

'Cuse

Alice said...

'Cuse,

I want whatever Andrew Harvey's smoking!
I think we might need that speel interpreted by someone who understands 'tongues', because I have no idea what he's on about, maybe I need to burn some more of my underwear to get it.

Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

Bah! This is all a plot by poncho makers to sell more ponchos to the Poncho Dames!

Anonymous said...

I'm so confused. Fr. Tim says we have to abandon our dignity. But you say that our dignity is about us being priests...so does that mean I have to abandon my desire to say "Her Excellency" to a bishop before I die?

-Taheetee Moonbeam

Anonymous said...

We don't believe in authority.

~ A parishioner of SOV2

Anonymous said...

That title has something to do with authority? I thought it was like saying that someone was "Most Righteous."
-Taheetee Moonbeam

Feathered Friends said...

whomever wrote this piece should know that womyn is actually spelt women.not a y, but an e.

Anonymous said...

FF,
Yeah, that's what the establishment would WANT!!!
But I am a separate creation from a MAN and I'm not just "part of a man" so I am womYn.
HTH!!
LOL!
:)
-Britnee