10Jan The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP)

Mary Bergan Blanchard, Editor, Leading

The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP) is a group of educated, experienced and seasoned Catholics dedicated to restoring equality, simplicity and inclusiveness to the Church. We do whatever brings the sacraments and compassionate help to those in need. Some of our seventy-six members choose social justice as their mission. Some teach in universities; others gather in small faith communities celebrating Mass and their lives together. One group comforts the sick and dying. Some speak softly and are quietly rational when others, such as Sophia, (in Ask Sophia) are seriously affronted by the state of affairs in the Church today, and say so. You will hear from them all.

We hope you enjoy our newsletter, Leading. This issue’s theme discusses who we are, why we’re here, and what we do.

We are validly ordained priests and deacons, shunned by the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church because of our gender. We are dedicated to a joyful theology, which is at odds with the Church’s preoccupation with sin, sex and dreariness.

We are a prophetic movement. Organized religion needs to be reorganized. Millions of Catholics have given up their faith in disgust. If we do not regenerate the interest in the simplicity of Christ’s message, who will? It is buried in over 1,750 man-made Canon Laws. Women and all their contributions have been ignored for nearly two thousand years. Enough!

Many of the following columns will appear every quarter: Spirit of the Season; Meditation material; Spotlight, an interview on the life work of one of our members; Book Review, conclusions of current theologians; Ask Sophia, pertinent questions about us, or our relationship with the Roman Catholic Church; New News, related events worth noting; Liturgy, history of the development of the liturgy; and, From the Editor, how all of the above hangs together.

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5 Responses

  1. Soline Humbert

    Are these women the end result of the domino effect,the”unmentionables” of the previous post,Pope of the possible?
    After all,we are assured that with God,nothing is impossible.

  2. Lloyd Allan MacPherson

    Now there is a statement.

    “Not all love of neighbour has to be dramatic. Most of us can’t take part in either of these situations (Syria/Standing Rock). But simply by being, we make a difference. How? We can do what Christ did … He worked where He was, with what He had, for the people surrounding Him.”

    I think it is hard for the everyday social activist because there is a fear that isolation can handcuff your efforts to be involved/included. These women certainly have the right spirit.

  3. AJR

    If you are an association of Catholic Women Priests and say you are validly ordained but shunned by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, the question cries out for an answer as to where you validity of ordination comes from?
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in favour of women being treated with full equality within the Catholic Church, including access to full ordination but that is not the question here. The question is about your claim to current validity of Catholic ordination.

  4. Lloyd Allan MacPherson

    @4 if you do some light reading on their website, it clearly states how they were validly ordained.

  5. JohnM

    Can’t find it. Perhaps the print is too small. Perhaps someone could spell it out for me.


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