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Nessan, from Ireland, Ed, from The Netherlands, and CCRI invite you to join them in sending the letter below to Pope Francis. Please use the form below the letter to sign it.
From Professor Leonard Swidler
I urge all of you to sign AND forward this petition to all of your networks, urging them to likewise sign and share widely.
Actually, over a year ago I had an email conversation with Hans’ and my former colleague Cardinal Kasper (not Joseph Ratzinger—I don’t have his email address), urging him to use his influence with Pope Francis to name Hans a Cardinal (as happened to John Henry Newman while he was still alive by Pope Leo XIII).
April’s OMG! has Springtime renewal bursting throughout! Hans Küng writes an Open Letter to Pope Francis on Infallibility. Tom Doyle takes readers to the investigation that gave birth to the Oscar-wining movie “Spotlight.” Two new contributors share historical perspectives on Plato’s influence on Catholicism and more meaningful liturgies. Read more now at www.omgjournal.org.
by George Rippon
Article originally published in Catholica
As I sit down to write I am often not quite sure where I will end up. This time I know. Having seen most of my recommendations ignored over the years I will in faith and hope give them another run, with some variations.
Starting at the top I wish Francis in Rome progress in sorting out the entrenched Curia. Maybe he should sack the lot and start again. At this time I do not propose to give direct advice to His Holiness.
The World Day of Prayer is a concerted global action held annually on the feast of the Annunciation, to draw attention to women’s ordination into an inclusive and accountable Catholic Church. Every year, WOC members in the USA and women’s ordination activists around the world host events to honor this special day. For planning and prayer resources click here.
Loving God, On this day when we give thanks for the gift of your incarnation in the womb of your mother Mary, whose Magnificat hymn cries out for justice, we pray for all women who cannot celebrate the Eucharist because the Catholic Church reserves priestly ordination to men. We cry out today for your justice so that women and men may together celebrate the sacraments to build up the body of Christ. Amen.
I think that hope is more significant than faith and love. Hope is rooted in imagination, in the ability to grasp other possibilities, to conceive of other options. It helps us escape a monochrome, paranoid world. While we all have imagination, we need the artist to give it expression. Paul Collins