The National catholic Reporter … quousque tandem?
The Fishwrap brings us today the “sermon” of a woman who thinks she is a priest. She is a member of the big-puppet crew, the wymynpryst thingie.
Honestly, as I read this I had a suspicion that Fishwrap was engaged in self-parody. I promise, I am not making this up. And the caption on the photo, below, is “Janice Sevre-Duszynska prepares for liturgy Nov. 19. (Submitted photo)”. Really.
My emphases and comments.
How do you welcome strangers?
Nov. 22, 2011
By Janice Sevre-Duszynska
Editor’s Note: The following is the homily preached Nov. 19 by Janice Sevre-Duszynska, ordained a priest [The Editor accepts that she is ordained, it seems.] in the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. She and Franciscan Fr. Jerry Zawada led an inclusive Catholic eucharistic liturgy [simulated a Mass?] at the SOA Watch Vigil at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Ga., as part of the Progressive Catholic Coalition. Zawada and Sevre-Duszynska have both served jail time for civil disobedience to protest nuclear weapons and militarism.
First Reading: “Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” in The Eucharist and the Hunger of the World by Monika K. Hellwig.
Second Reading: Ballad of the Carpenter (sung in English, then read in Spanish)
Gospel: Matthew 25: 31-46.
We afflicted the comfortable after showing “Pink Smoke Over the Vatican” for the first time in Rome in October. Following our press conference, our group met at the corner of Via Concilizione, the street leading to the Vatican. We were members of Call to Action, Women’s Ordination Conference, and women priests. We were here to support Roy Bourgeois and women priests. [Remember that great event? I think there were, what… five people there?]
“What shall we sing?” we asked one another. [I promise… I am not making this up and it seems to be sincere…] I shook my ordination tambourine as the WOC banner was displayed and Roy brought out his red-and-white banner with “Ordain women priests” in English and Italian. [Ordination Tambourine! I didn’t get one of those.]
We were chanting the Celtic Alleluia and singing “Here I am, Lord” on our way to the Vatican to present the petition signed by 15,000 supporters of Roy and women priests. We were in Rome to cleanse the Vatican temple of sexism. A church that excludes women distracts us from being aware of the feminine aspect of spirituality and the experience and perceptions of women’s living and dying. The result is we have a church with a distorted understanding of God. The imbalance creates evil, sin and the suffering continues in our world community.
“What do you want? Women priests. When do you want them? Now,” we shouted out.
Roy turned to me and said, “Janice, we’re turning over the tables in the Vatican.”
“Yes, Roy. We are,” I nodded, smiling. [And the music swelled….]
Temple cleansing is not easy and can be unsettling. The Vatican showed its resistance by having the Italian police take the WOC banner away from Erin Hanna, as she was the organizer, and putting her and Miriam Duignan, the translator from womenpriests.org in London, into the police car, and with sirens at full blast, taking them to the police station. Then a plainclothes detective of the Italian police violently grabbed the banner away from Roy, pushing him. Roy joked at CTA in Milwaukee earlier this month that when he was driven to the jail in the police car, he had no sirens.
I bet the comments over there are a hoot.
I need to buy an Ordination Tambourine.