“A Sunday Without Women” in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon

Mary Magdalene: Will be attending...

Despite their claims to the contrary, organizers behind Sunday’s scheduled world-wide protest “A Sunday Without Women” are promoting women’s ordination and the boycotting of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass within the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon. Promotional material for the event reads:   

Catholic women of the world unite. September 26 is the day to boycott Mass and pray for greater inclusion of women in the Catholic church.                  

In her misguided call to empty pews in the hope of  “making the powers that be think again”, Irish convert and instigator of the protest, Jennifer Sleeman recently noted that she herself, “Had always had questions about the fact that women could not be ordained.”

And again, this statement of purpose:       

“Stay at home and pray for change. We are the majority. We may have been protesting individually but unremarked on, but together we have strength and our absence, the empty pews, will be noticed.       

Whatever change you long for, recognition, ordination, the end of celibacy, which is another means of keeping women out, join with your sisters and let the hierarchy know by your absence that the days of an exclusively male-dominated church are over.”         

And so too, some believe here.          

Jennifer Sleeman: Questions the fact that women can't be ordained as Roman Catholic priests

The pro-women’s ordination group sponsoring the protest, One Spirit ~ One Call, along with the local chapter members of the dissident church reform organization Call To Action are asking for help in “talking up” the event in every parish throughout the archdiocese. And as if this breach of fidelity and communion weren’t serious enough, they have/are now recruiting help in contacting and promoting “Sunday Without Women” at Catholic high schools and colleges, as their website memo clearly reveals:          

Last week One Spirit ~ One Call was shared at the Call to Action meeting. Other organizations and groups we are working on getting in touch with are the Catholic high schools and colleges in the area and, of course, all the parishes. If you have contacts or would like to take the lead in contacting and “talking up” this event to any of these groups, please get in touch with Julie Granger: [E-mail omitted]          

Archdiocese Response         

Despite an Infallible declaration that ensures the subject of ordaining women to the Catholic priesthood is settled matter and will never change, some don’t accept this portion of church teaching as final, or fail in their duty to support and enforce it. And thus, the true reality that false ordination of women is grave sin punishable through excommunication becomes further obscured within the hearts of the faithful. Especially, when events such as this one are allowed to be promoted within the archdiocese beforehand, and at times with the carefully worded support of parish priest’s. For example:        

Rev. J. Mosbrucker       

In the Gospels, we hear Jesus treat women with respect and equality. Paul continues this attitude toward women, especially in the phrase “there is no longer male or female…”. It is time for the Church to reclaim this Gospel message. One Spirit-One Call is an opportunity to begin the dialogue to reclaim this status for women in the Church. I support this event as a beginning in this process.           

Rev. Robert W. Krueger       

Women have the human right, also a right recognized in Catholic Church law, to express the pain of the inequality they experience in the church and their opinions for change to their bishops and other Christian faithful. One Spirit~One Call will be an opportunity for women to make this expression clearly and strongly. I gladly endorse the event.            

Msgr. Charles Lienert, Pastor, St. Andrew Catholic Church       

I support the event on September 26 that calls for increasing the awareness of injustice to women in the Catholic Church. Women are equal to men in the eyes of God through creation and baptism.       

Despite some of his own pastor’s backing the demonstration on Sunday, it appears that Archbishop Vlazny is opposed. Local’s here will remember that His Eminence was previously bush-whacked 3-plus-years ago by members of this same chapter of Call To Action with their secretly organizing the non-ordination (and subsequent self-excommunication) of Toni Tortorilla–and that, on the very same day His Imminence was personally ordaining authentic priests. Yet, nonetheless, all this will remain baffling for the faithful, and understandably so, if it’s true as has been reported that supporting pastors of the current protest will not face any disciplinary measures.       

I for one would not recommend criticizing His Imminence… I do recommend contacting the Archdiocese with your concerns. And especially this one:       

The nature of Catholic dissent and action has changed. And faithful Catholics would do well to make this fact known to their pastors and shepherd’s. In this case, Archbishop Vlazny.       

With the creation of the American Catholic Council (ACC) set for Detroit, Michigan in 2011, all the former “old-Guard” individual reform groups such as Call To Action have now organized under this one banner of the ACC, and are currently in the process of creating and promoting so-called listening dialogue sessions in our communities. All with the intention of eventually addressing the hierarchy with their dialogue (demands) for change; a moral as well as structural push for change of the Catholic Church in America.  And this current protest blip in the process appears to be directed toward this same goal, by the same folks, within the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon.      

From the One Spirit – One Call website:       

What’s next?
The Spirit is guiding us as we plan and organize. We believe that One Spirit ~ One Call has the potential to become more than an event; it could the beginning of a new movement among God’s people and within the Church. We will contribute positively to reform and renewal in our Church. One Spirit ~ One Call will continue to use women’s wisdom and processes, inviting women to begin holding small gatherings to share their stories and name their hopes and dreams for the church. These small gatherings will begin in October and November; what comes out of the One Spirit ~ One Call Circles will guide us. When the time is right, we imagine we will enter into dialogue with the hierarchy. This all needs to be discerned and we will engage in a discernment gathering on the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 21, at St. Charles Parish.             

 This all sounds too familiar to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis with this Saturday’s past convening of the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (CCCR). A new organization that the Archdiocese find necessary to warn the faithful about:      

It has come to the attention of the Archdiocese that a group calling itself the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (CCCR) is planning a 2010 ‘synod’ in the Archdiocese entitled, ‘Claiming Our Place at the Table’. 

While the agenda for the proposed synod purports to be an exploration of the role of baptized Catholics within the institutional Church of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, it is not being conducted under the auspices of the Archdiocese, the universal Roman Catholic Church, or any entity or organization affiliated with the Archdiocese or the universal Roman Catholic Church. 

The Archdiocese wishes it to be known that the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform, the 2010 synod, and individuals endorsing the same, are not agents or entities of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis or the Roman Catholic Church. Moreover, the Archdiocese wishes to lovingly caution those members of the faithful participating in the ‘work/study groups’ and intending to attend the synod of the potential that the issues on which CCCR will seek reform are magisterial teachings of the Church, and are therefore to be believed by divine and catholic faith. The Archdiocese also wishes to remind the faithful of its need to shun any contrary doctrines, and instead to embrace and retain, to safeguard reverently and expound faithfully, the doctrine of faith and morals proposed definitively by the magisterium of the Church.    

Let us hope for the same warning.

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67 thoughts on ““A Sunday Without Women” in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon

  1. With one foot in the grave and another on a banana peel, I pray for these woman who operate under a Spirit that is not of God. May they be delivered. May they look to our Mother in Heaven to find their role in the Church. Lord have Mercy on them. Jesus I adore, I praise, I bless you. I beg pardon for all those who do not adore, do not praise, and do not bless you.

  2. Being Roman Catholic implies, among the other things, accepting the dogma of the infallibility of the Pope and his Magisterium. Those who refuse to obey the Pope are not Catholic and should do themselves the favor to leave the Catholic Church and join their fellow protestant brothers and sisters. The fact that many priests and religious are disobedient to Rome is a disgrace and we need to pray for their conversion.

  3. If you look at the demographics of Call to Action, and Womenpriest organizations, they are all graying women who seem to be very disgruntled with life. Has anyone ever done some serious studies on these women, to find out what they were like growing up? They all seem to be angry and most of all, hurt. At any rate, they will all be gone from this earth in a matter of a few decades. It’s the young, happy women who are joining religious Orders, and filling convents to overflowing. Thank God the youngest ones have not caught this “spirit” that foments disobedience and dissent. Obedience to lawful superiors, and humility, are the marks of people on their way to heaven. Don’t see any of this in these women, and men who support their erroneous views. They need prayers!

  4. Why don’t these disobedient “womyn” go start their own church? Yeh, that’s right. Eucharist certainly shouldn’t be boycotted by any faithful Catholic. I certainly wouldn’t want an angry agressive womyn at the altar. Job still loved God without complaint in today’s first reading. Why aren’t these womyn?

  5. This was a non-event here in Portland. As best as I could tell, masses at our parish were well attended and our pastor made no mention of this schismatic sect. However, the Saturday Oregonian featured a front-page article for them… typical liberal media hype though. Nothing newsworthy. Apparently a handful of disgruntled women with an axe to grind.

  6. Actually Danielle the Church is much more than an institution, or religious organization. It is, and has within her, the truth about God in fullness (spiritually). In her sacraments, faith, moral requirements, and sacred apostolic succession, it can be discovered that the Church (with God as her head)is actually God reconciling souls to Himself. In short, she has and offers to every soul the answer to the meaning of their lives: To come to know, love, and serve God in this life, and be with Him forever in the next.

    The Church offers the peace the world cannot give, a spiritual peace that surpasses all human understanding. In part, that is why we have consecrated priestly members of one sacred body; the ways of the spirit include the reality that there is also an demonic demension that desires to keep souls from their greatest good: God. And this flap over women’s ordination is one such instance… From a authentic Catholic perspective, it is not males being unfair towards women; the Church is simply following what Christ did in choosing his apostles…. He chose men, the priesthood. We consider, and it is true, that Jesus was God on earth in the flesh, and so actually, it is His Church and we are following accordingly. It’s way far more deeper than a human right’s issue…

    What appears to be an injustice (women cannot be priest’s) actually corresponds to a ontological (spiritual reality), which has nothing to do with either being fair or unjust. The actual teaching is simple: The institution, the Church on earth (and not even the Pope) has the power to change what God has willed… Sorry, if I rambled a bit here, but am trying to explain to you on some aspects of the mystery of God in the nature world, without you having yet known the Spirit yourself…

    Thanks for responding. And your welcomed here anytime.

    EDITOR

  7. Their opening quote “Women of the world unite…” tells it all: they are not speaking from GOD’S viewpoint but from the world as manipulated by the Enemy who used the “tool” K. Marx.
    These people haven’t a clue.
    Water of itself can not clean the SOUL of SIN, IT CAN ONLY CLEAN THE BODY AND MERELY SYMBOLIZE THE CLEANING OF THE SOUL (and the sustaining of life). IT’S ONLY WHEN GOD PERSONALLY DECIDES TO MAKE THIS NATURAL SYMBOL TO BE CONNECTED WITH GRACE IN CHRIST that a SUPERNATURAL EFFECT CAN TAKE PLACE.
    Ditto for MEN being priests. A man can symbolize another man in some natural quality BUT A WOMAN CAN NOT IN SOME IMPORTANT WAYS: A WOMAN CAN NOT SYMBOLIZE ANOTHER MAN AS A HUSBAND TO HIS SPOUSE, NOR AS A FATHER TO HIS CHILDREN. But a man symbolizing those two aspects of masculinity CAN NOT BY THAT SYMBOLISM BRING ABOUT A SUPERNATURAL EFFECT. ONLY IF CHRIST PERSONALLY CHOOSES TO CONNECT HIS SUPERNATURAL GRACE TO THE SYMBOLIZM OF A MAN BEING A GROOM TO THE CHURCH HIS BRIDE AND FATHER IN FAITH TO THE BAPTIZED AND IN HIS PLACE AS VICTIM-PRIEST CAN THERE BE A SUPERNATURAL EFFECT. Woman, a CHRISTIAN priest? NO CAN BE, since a woman can not even be the natural symbol of CHRIST-GOD AS HUSBAND TO HIS BRIDE THE CHURCH. THUS HE DID NOT CHOOSE ANY WOMEN! BTW no man has a RIGHT to be a priest.
    Even as to men Christ personally chooses them or permits the Church to choose them.
    Simple, basic understanding of the Catholic Sacraments, which these people have no idea of!

  8. It sounds more like many of you are angry and disgruntled. They are feeling hurt because they have been excluded for decades. Is their anger and hurt that hard to understand? Really?

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