News and Updates:
The issue of the Vatican’s influence on the UN’s resolution for the protection of Women’s right defenders has come to our attention. Catholics for Choice assures us that they are keeping close scrutiny on the Holy See’s and some conservative countries’ obstruction of women and children’s full human rights. The Holy See and its allies insisted on the deletion of a paragraph that stated religious beliefs, national laws and cultural traditions would not be an exception to the resolution.
You are invited to take an interest in this issue. The links below provide background information on the Holy See and the UN. We encourage you to share the links and your thoughts by communicating with those who might be interested through e-mail and social media.
Here is AWID’s statement about the resolution’s passage (which also includes a link to a Global Report about the threats of violence against women’s human rights defenders.)
The resolution as passed is called: A/C.3/68/L.64/Rev.1. Here is a link where you can scroll down to L.64 and find both the original version and the Rev 1 as passed. It was passed by a Third Committee of the General Assembly and be put forward at the General Assembly of the Commission on the Status of women.
A publication of Catholics for Choice titled: “The Catholic Church at the United Nations: Church or State?”
A three minute video on the role of the Holy See at the United Nations, and associated issues, put together by Catholics for Choice.
We will continue to follow developments about this specific resolution and will post updates on the W-CC web site.
For Immediate Release
Date: October 2, 2013
From: Women-Church Convergence
Subject: Women-Church Convergence Celebrates 30 Years
Contacts: Katherine Wojtan, Women-Church Convergence Coordinator,
651-788-9869 or email@example.com
Women-Church Convergence, a coalition of diverse Catholic-rooted groups, celebrated its thirtieth anniversary September 27-29, 2013, by affirming its mission and applauding the “Conscience Monologues: Women’s Stories of Conscience within the Catholic Church” produced by the 8th Day Center, a member group of the Convergence. More than fifty women gathered in the Chicago area representing fifteen member organizations for prayer, discussion, and festivity.
The needs of women and dependent children— preventing sexual and domestic violence, bringing about reproductive justice, and assuring women’s moral and spiritual agency—are paramount concerns of Convergence groups. Together, the groups represent strong feminist voices in the creation of new forms of church and new egalitarian social structures.
Donna Quinn, past coordinator of Women-Church Convergence and Coordinator of the National Coalition of American Nuns, stated during this celebration that “Over the last 30 years we have worked to change unjust practices and structures within Church and Society. W-CC is a place where divergent Catholic feminist views can be brought to the table and all can be heard. We support each other with courage, laughter, and blessings in this work.”
On April 13, 2013 Sheila Dierks led a discussion on "What Would a Feminist Sacramental System Look Like?"
On March 9, 2013 Katherine Wojatan & Louise Akers led a W-CC discussion on "What Scriptures are Sacred for Me?"
Where are the Catholic women as the Cardinals meet in secrecy to elect from among themselves the next leader of the Catholic Church? Where is the other half of the Conclave?
Some women are protesting in St. Peter's Square demanding an equal part in the institutional church. Other women are in the parish pews praying for the next pope. But the vast majority of young and seasoned Catholic women are making their own choices about their faith and their lives. They are working to eradicate injustice, ministering to those in need, and celebrating the goodness of creation. They are exercising their moral authority despite the exclusionary ways of the hierarchy.
Knowing that the papal election and the Roman Catholic hierarchical church are designed to exclude them, countless Catholic women are meeting their spiritual needs with resources from outside of clerical hierarchical structures. They have discovered and developed a dynamic paradigm rooted in the message of Jesus focused on equality and community. They are moving beyond the patriarchal hierarchy, creating church communities that are meaningful and nourishing. They are acting with a love for justice that demands no less.
Catholic women invite the cardinals to take off their scarlet robes and leave their privileged places. Let them join with the people of God in a new form of Catholic community, a “discipleship of equals,” that will never again have to ask, “Where are the women?”
Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)
By Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA Executive Director
Women-Church Convergence (W-CC) is a coalition of autonomous Catholic-rooted organizations that raise a feminist voice and are committed to producing an ekklesia of women who are participative, egalitarian, and self-governing. DignityUSA has been a member of the Convergence almost since its founding in 1983. The Convergence generally does its work through email and conference call, but holds an annual in-person meeting early each Fall. This year, Dignity/Boston and DignityUSA were proud to welcome W-CC members to Boston, where, in addition to the business and social events of the Convergence, the three groups offered an inclusive feminist liturgy as well as a discussion of how women of Catholic backgrounds respond to their ministerial calls.
Attended by approximately 60 people, the rich discussion was led by a panel of five women, each of whom represented a different kind of ministry.
The panel included:
The liturgy, developed by members of Dignity/New York and Dignity/Boston, echoed the theme of ministry. Following liturgy, participants enjoyed an Italian dinner in Boston’s famous North End. The event was part of Dignity/Boston’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.
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