Picture credit René Capone© "A Boy Named Silence" by René Capone © www.renecaponeart.com www.rene-capone-pixels.com Article by CWS member Tina Beattie, originally published by Tui Motu Magazine. 1st March 2019. Pointing to the cover-up and dysfunction of Church leadership around sexual abuse, Tina Beattie writes that real hope for the Church lies elsewhere. Set
Article from CWS member Jennifer Reek, originally published by Sacred Heart University. 14th March 2019 As I write this, we are entering the desert of Lent. A dark Lent it looks to be indeed in the Church. Every day, it seems, there are more revelations of betrayal and crimes committed by the hierarchy worldwide.
Blog Post From CWS member Rebecca Bratten Weiss, originally published on Patheos.com 8th March 2019 What does it take to be a feminist? Does identifying as a feminist automatically make you one? I’ve been pondering this for some time, and the question came up again, when a friend shared about an experience she had
FEBRUARY 24, 2019 SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME RHONDA MISKA “Turn the other cheek?” When taken at face value, today’s Gospel seems to present Jesus telling us to be doormats, to simply and passively accept mistreatment. But this doesn’t square with the Jesus we know: he challenges hypocrisy and isn’t afraid to question abuses
Blog post from CWS member Rebecca Bratten Weiss, originally published on Patheos.com 17th February 2019 Today the news broke that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, accused of assaulting minors and harassing adults, was laicized by the Vatican: the first time in history that a cardinal has been removed from his clerical state for sexual abuse. Many,
February 11, 2019 Blog from CWS member Lillian Vogl, originally published on Patheos.com. If the problem is clericalism, what is the solution? It is axiomatic that vices cannot simply be eliminated—they have to be replaced with something better, or else they will just come back, often in a form that is even worse. (Cf.
FEBRUARY 17, 2019 SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JENNIFER OWENS-JOFRÉ “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.” The song of the psalmist rings in my ears and urges me to reflect on what it means to hope during these troubled times. How might we practice hope in the face of disheartening circumstances? How
JANUARY 1, 2019 THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD WAMŨYŨ TERESIA WACHIRA, IBVM The feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God is one of the greatest feasts in the Church calendar. This is also the day that the whole world celebrates the World Day of Peace; peace in our hearts, in
Blog post from CWS member Mary Pezzulo, originally published on Patheos.com 21st October 2018 I don’t know how to tell you that you shouldn’t mock people in spiritual crisis. If you are a Christian and that is not obvious to you, I don’t know what more I can say. I don’t know how to
Guest post from Lillian Vogl on CWS Member Rebecca Bratten-Weiss' Blog. Originally published on Patheos.com 11th October 2018. I’ve been noticing lately that there are two deeply different belief systems found among people who call themselves “practising Catholic.” I’m going to avoid typical labels with all their baggage and call the two groups “Open