Archive for September 9th, 2016
“… criticizing the mentality of protecting the institution which dominated the church’s approach to child abuse in the past …”
One of Ireland’s best known priests, who is one of six clerics in the Irish church censured by the Vatican in recent years, claimed that a number of women who were sexually abused by notorious pedophile Norbertine Fr. Brendan Smyth, later committed suicide because of their ordeal.
“In an interview with the Irish magazine, Hot Press, popular BBC radio presenter Passionist Fr. Brian D’Arcy, says he personally knew ‘young women, who took their own lives because of what Brendan Smyth did to them.’
“Criticizing the mentality of protecting the institution which dominated the church’s approach to child abuse in the past, D’Arcy suggested these women ‘could have been saved, if it [the abuse by Smyth] had been reported earlier.'”
By Sarah Mac Donald, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.
“… the evidence for women deacons is on the literal rocks themselves, carved in marble or limestone, on chancel screens or tombstones.”
Those not predisposed to support women deacons in the present day often consider the initiative to be a recent, feminist, perhaps postmodern quest, an innovation unmoored from historical tradition. What often goes unnoticed in the discussion about women deacons, though, is how much of the ancient evidence comes from concrete archaeological discoveries.
“Advocates are not reading between the lines of history, creating things that aren’t there in the plain sense of some text. They’re not looking under every proverbial rock in hopes of finding a meager piece of evidence. No, the evidence for women deacons is on the literal rocks themselves, carved in marble or limestone, on chancel screens or tombstones.”
By Michael Peppard, Commonweal — Click here to read the rest of this story.
We need to ask ourselves if the pay rate or volunteer expectation of females within the Church is the same as a male. If the answer is ‘no,’ then is this morally acceptable, asks businesswoman Clare Burns in The Catholic Leader …
“Recently I became aware of a woman with two decades of experience at a senior level in industry, who regularly volunteers for a Catholic-based organisation, and has helped raise more than $50,000 for them.
“At a networking event the organisation’s chairman jumped tables to say he had ‘a great opportunity’ for her.
“This great opportunity turned out to be working two to four days a week for free with a number of responsibilities in a graduate-“level position.
“It is hoped this ‘oversight’ was an unconscious bias, rather than disingenuous.”
By CathNews from The Catholic Leader — Click here to read the rest of this article.