Women & Catholicism: Gender, Communion, and Authority by P. Zagano

By P. Zagano

Award-winning Catholic pupil Phyllis Zagano investigates 3 specified occasions within the Catholic Church, every one pointing to Catholicism’s international weakness: the position of girls within the Church. all of the 3 situations displays the stress among communion and authority, relatively the place girls are involved. The thread of ladies within the church weaves a tapestry that sheds gentle at the Catholic Church’s hierarchically-imposed legislation and sanctions that retain ladies at a distance from the holy, no matter if as liturgical ministers, as better halves of clergymen, or as clergymen themselves.

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The second meeting was announced to me by Dr. John Krejci. I presumed that the information he provided was an invitation, rather than a taunt or a “dare”. Apparently I was mistaken. Because your group has presented itself as a Catholic organization which addresses Catholic issues, the Catholic Church has every right to make an assessment, through highly educated lay representatives, of your organization. In fact, Call to Action, Nebraska has been found to be inimical to the Catholic Faith and a serious impediment to evangelization.

That is, both “internal forum” cases (usually sexual solicitation within the confessional) and “external forum” cases (the large majority of pederasty and other clerical abuse cases) were locked away, and only the bishop had the key. Despite the promulgation of the Charter and the Norms and the existence of a National Review Board and a professional staff at the USCCB, diocesan bishops continue to conceal documents and refuse transparency where lawsuits and criminal cases are concerned. org and SNAP (Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests) continue to publicize the hidden recidivism among the bishops through websites, conferences, public appearances, and direct mail.

In retrospect and from the outside, it appears to be the line drawn in the sand between pre– and post–Vatican II Catholics in the middle of Nebraska. The seventy or so attendees in 1996 were mostly individuals who were of age or nearly so during Vatican II. They remembered the pre–Vatican II Catholic Church of the 1950s, even of the 1940s, in the United States. indd 20 4/21/11 11:16 AM 21 Catholics who took their faith and their church seriously and who wanted to gain access to what Pope John XXIII’s “open windows” had promised: transparency in church administration, more participation by laity (especially women) in the liturgy, and the ever-unstated but ever-present desire for simple respect from the clergy, who in parts of Nebraska still appeared to regard laity as sheep to be shepherded, and rather stupid sheep at that.

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