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Rebecca Bratten Weiss, Am I My Church’s Keeper? A Laywoman Ponders Her Responsibility

CWS member Rebecca Bratten Weiss has written a reflection on Pope Francis's call for prayer and penance for sex abuse in the Catholic Church. (Published in Patheos, 22 August, 2018) We, the laity, unordained women and men of the church, have been asked to pray and do penance for the grave crimes of the hierarchical leaders of this church. This request has come

Catholic Women Gossip About Gaudete et Exsultate

The following reflection is intended to stimulate discussion around some problematic issues that emerge when Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate, is read from a woman's perspective. It is written in a spirit of respect for Francis and of thankfulness for the changes he is bringing about in the Church. Nevertheless, as he himself acknowledges in Amoris Laetitia, loving dialogue can accommodate

Catholic Women Discuss the Charlie Gard Case

This Facebook discussion explores complex ethical questions about life support and end of life decisions, the relationship between health care and 'big pharma', and differences between attitudes to these issues in the US, Canada and the UK. Participants include health care professionals and women speaking from their own experiences of caring for sick or dying children, friends and relatives. Deborah One shocking thing

Catholic women discuss ‘What is Church?’

Hours of Louis de Laval, France ca. 1480 DEBORAH: I just want to ask if I have understood the following correctly. I understand that we are all the Church and that it is not just the clergy, Pope or Magisterium. So when we talk about what "the Church" thinks about an issue, it should consider all views—not just those of the Magisterium.

Catholic women discuss Marian devotions

JULIA: What are some of your thoughts on the traditional Marian devotions, especially May crowning? I think it's so gendered and Westernized. I don't think it's what the real Mary would have liked. I love Mary and as a convert was drawn to Catholicism because of some beliefs of Mary and ask her to pray for me often. My sponsor who I care for

The Handmaid’s Tale: A Work of Empathy

by Mary Pezzulo As I write this, I’m eagerly waiting for the final episode of Season One of The Handmaid’s Tale to drop on Hulu.* I wasn’t an Atwood fan three months ago. I barely knew anything about The Handmaid’s Tale. I’d read a short synopsis of the novel at one point, and it sounded ham-fisted, more like preaching than art. I hadn’t read book,

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