Catch the growing wave of enthusiasm for women priests in the Catholic Church. Now male priests, bishops, theologians, even a cardinal are joining the enthusiastic chorus of support by challenging the Vatican's prohibition on women's ordination.
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The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests is a stream of the international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement that began on the Danube River with the ordination of seven women in 2002. We are in the United States and Latin America.
-In order to claim equality for women in the church women priests are ordained in apostolic succession in the same way as men.
-We use equal rites to promote equal rights to achieve justice for women in the church.
The unique focus of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests is on justice and equality:
1.We seek justice for women in the church including ordination and justice for all.
2. We serve the poor and marginalized.
3. We live the spiritual and social justice tradition of the church in inclusive communities of equals.
-In spite of the Vatican's effort to punish women priests, our movement is flourishing.
Drenched in the Spirit's prophetic imagination, grassroots communities are springing up led by women and men priests and empowered people.
-Now, we have reached a tipping point. For millions of people, the time has come for women priests.
- TIME Magazine rated Women Priests the #6 top story in 2010 .
- A growing number of theologians as well as, bishops and cardinals from Europe, Australia the United States and Latin America are calling for women priests.
Over 250 German speaking theologians called for a dialogue on women in ministry.
- Bishop Markus Buchel, bishop of the diocese of St. Gall in Switzerland spoke out openly for women's ordination on Easter Sunday/2011 in the parish paper. He said:
"We must search for steps that lead there," "I could imagine that women's diaconate could be such a step."
Regarding priesthood for women, Büchel said, "We can pray that the Holy Spirit enables us to read the signs of the times."
- Bishop William Morris, from Australia, was forced to resign by the Vatican for wanting to discuss married priests and women priests as a possible response to the shortage of priests.
-300 Austrian priests have called for major reform and dialogue on women priests.
A male priest co-celebrated the ordination liturgy of Marta Soto, the first woman priest ordained in Latin America.
-Cardinal Jose da Cruz Policarpo of Lisbon, Portugal has said there's "no fundamental theological obstacle" to the ordination of women as priests in the Catholic Church.
-- Following the lead of Roy Bourgeois, more priests in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere are now choosing the living water of the Spirit and supporting the justice of gender equality.
-- By the waters of our Baptism, we are all equals.
-- The grace of Spirit water flows through the world, and waves of liberation follow
as women priests remind us that women are equal images of God, and are therefore worthy to preside at the altar.
- Join the mighty wave that is moving the church to partnership in a Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered community of equals.
-Jump in the water that is bringing new life, creativity and justice to the church and beyond.
-Help us promote Gospel equality in a renewed Roman Catholic Church now!
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