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International Catholic Organizations Issue Statement

Subject: International Catholic Organizations Issue Statement: Vatican Miscategorizes Women’s Rights Advocates with Child Abusers

Media Release
Vatican Miscategorizes Women’s Rights Advocates with Child Abusers
International Catholic organizations issue statement denouncing the oppression of women and the inadequate response to child sex crimes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 16, 2010                                            

Yesterday, the Vatican issued a clarification of its canonical procedures for how dioceses should handle priests who sexually abuse children. As part of the statement, they have added that the “attempted ordination of a woman” has now been added to the list of “delicta graviora,” or most serious crimes in church law, alongside the sexual abuse of minors.
 
This morning, twenty-seven international Catholic organizations issued the following joint statement in response:
 
We, the undersigned, express our solidarity with Catholics who continue to seek equality, including those who practice feminist ministries and those who are ordained. We know these women and men to be firm in their faith and courageous in their work as they seek an inclusive and accountable church, undeterred by threats of excommunication or other canonical penalties. In addition, we stand with our brother priests and bishops who are also being threatened by this new policy for their support of women’s equality in the church.  Furthermore, we take great offense that good faith struggles for gender equality could be misunderstood as a sacrilege and placed on par with the sexual abuse of children. In 1976, the Vatican’s own Pontifical Biblical Commission concluded there is no valid scriptural reason for denying ordination to women. Therefore, we welcome such efforts to expand the scope and variety of ministry and we celebrate women’s faithfulness despite huge institutional obstacles.
 
We are gravely disappointed that the Vatican would largely repackage its sexual abuse policy norms from 2001 in yesterday’s re-issued statement without adding many meaningful changes to canonical procedures on how to handle the sexual crimes of its religious leaders. We stand with survivors in calling for the release of the names of all credibly accused Catholic religious leaders and for the Vatican’s immediate adoption and implementation of global child protection policies. Nothing less is adequate to the crying needs of a community torn asunder by its own leaders’ crimes.
 
Catholic Organization Signatories
 
Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC), USA
Patrick B. Edgar, D.P.A., M.Div., President
 
BASIC (Brothers And Sisters In Christ), Ireland.
Contact: Una Ruddock
+353 1 621 6816
 
DignityUSA
Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director,
617-669-7810
 
Call To Action, USA
Jim FitzGerald, Executive Director
773.404.0004
 
Catholics for Choice- Canada
Rosemary Ganley, Coordinator
 
Catholic Coalition for Church Reform, USA
Paula Ruddy, Bernie Rodel, Michael Bayly, Co-chairs
(612) 379-1043
 
Catholic Network for Women’s Equality, Canada
Paula MacQuarrie, Coordinator
 
CORPUS, USA
Contact: William Manseau

Corriente Somos Iglesia, Spain
Raquel Mallavibarrena, Coordinator
+34 649332654
 
Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Mexico
Maria Consuelo Mejia, Director
+5255 5658 1163
 
Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Spain
Mar Grandal, President
352 88946
 
8th Day Center for Justice – Women’s Group, USA
www.8thdaycenter.org
 
Femmes et Hommes en Eglise/Genre en Christianisme, France 
Danielle Penuel-Monneron, President
(0)2 33 90 78 10
 
Institute for Feminism and Religion, Ireland.
Mary Condren, Th.D., Director
001-353-1-4624504
 
Interreligious Convention of European Women Theologians
Lee Wax, Coordinator
0044-208 884 0476
 
Kerk Hardop, Netherlands
Marleen Wijdeveld, President
Isaac Wüst, Editor-in-Chief
0031-20-441.3339 
 
National Coalition of American Nuns, USA
Contact: Donna Quinn
 
Noi Siamo Chiesa (Italian Section of IMWAC), Italy
Contact: Vittorio Bellavite
 
Nous sommes Aussi l’Eglise, France
Lucienne Gouguenhem, Vice-President
33 1 45 88 04 92
 
Pax Christi Maine, USA
Bill Slavick, Coordinator
207-773-6562

RAPPORT, USA
Conatct: Gloria Ulterino
 
Roman Catholic Faith Community Council of the Federation of Christian Ministries
William J. Manseau, Evelyn Hunt, and Thomas Quinn, Co-Chairs
603-886-7158 
 
Roman Catholic Women Priests, Europe-West.
I. Riedl, Coordinator  
0049-089 845 830
 
Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA, Inc
Contact: Alice Iaquinta
414-791-9952
 
Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), USA
Mary E. Hunt and Diann L. Neu, Co-directors
301 589-2509
 
Women’s Ordination Conference, USA
Erin Saiz Hanna, Executive Director
202-675-1006
 
WomenPriests.Org, International
Therese Koturbash, Coordinator
+44 (0)1923 779 446

To view the Vatican document, click here.

An online petition has been started so that other groups or individuals may register their support of this statement.

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3 Responses

  1. Well done Betty. Thank you for getting this up.

    • No problem, Frank. I’m sorry I screwed up the posting on Rwanda by not showing “read more”.

      Did you get Bill’s email regarding a progressive Catholic news website? Or should I just presume you’ve replied to him?

      Betty

  2. Ditto to what Frank said, Betty–thanks for posting this valuable piece.

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