While the Institutional Roman Catholic Church continues to be non-responsive to the issue of women’s ordination, a group of CTA members stood witness to the role of women in the Church on Saturday, June 18.
It seems like the Catholic Hierarchy can motor on indefinitely without any observable recognition of women in the Church. We might say the very same things about all baptized in this Church. In spite of Vatican II, in spite of everything learned from history, in spite of our understanding of human development the Church continues to cast a blind eye toward women as anything but silent partners in the governing of the Roman Catholic Church to say nothing of the overwhelming need for a pastoral presence for those in need.
Join us this Saturday am at the Cathedral for a Witness for Women as we stand for inclusion of all the baptized in the working and manifestation of the Roman Catholic Church. We have done this before and we will persist in making a public statement in the only way open to us, by offering our witness to the fact that women should be ordained in our Church.
Join us on Saturday at 10:00am in front of the Cathedral. Bring a sign able to be seen from a distance. We will be present from 10:00 am till 11:00 when the Ordination will begin. We have some signs for people.
Please let Bill and Ellen Halligan know if you can join us. Call them at 518- 462-2299. Or send a quick message to them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Justice Organizations Support Amended Assembly Child Victims Act Bill and Urge a Vote
Call To Action Upstate New York and Call To Action Metro New York, Catholic justice organizations, applaud New York’s Assembly leadership for the recent revisions to the Child Victims Act bill, A5885-a, that make it reflect more meaningful reform of the statutes of limitation for crimes of sexual abuse of minors. We are encouraged by this important step.
We urge the Assembly to vote on this amended bill before the session ends. The Senate then must make the next move. They can continue to block the Child Victims Act, as they have in the past, or decide to move it forward so it can finally be voted on in the Senate. This issue and this bill deserve a vote. New York’s children deserve a vote. We hope that each legislator will weigh in their conscience the rights and protection of New York’s children, as well as justice for past victims, over the protection of predators.
As Catholics, we were encouraged to see the New York Archdiocese acknowledge the need for restitution for a past harm done to victims by opening the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program to settle cases that occurred in the diocese years ago. However, this program is limited to victims who were abused by diocesan priests or deacons. All victims of past abuse deserve that same opportunity, whether they were abused by a church-related person, a coach, or a trusted family member. We therefore appeal to the New York State Catholic Conference, the official voice of the Catholic Church, to support the Child Victims Act, which would provide a window of time for victims whose cases were denied a court hearing in the past by New York’s outdated statutes of limitation to bring their cases forward. The CVA would also help to identify perpetrators currently preying on or in contact with children.
Stephen Powers, a long-time leader of Call To Action Upstate NY, remarked, “For the bishops to lobby against a bill with a window – which they have done – denies a path to justice for the many New York victims who were abused by individuals other than clergy members of the Archdiocese. It ultimately sends a mixed message about their intentions.”
Let’s get this done so we can all move on with a clear conscience by increasing protection for our children in the future by extending the statutes of limitation and by providing a path for justice with a look-back window for those adults denied justice in the past by woefully outdated statutes of limitation.
We hope the legislature will take a bold step forward in making New York a leader on this issue. We are grateful to the Governor for his January, 2017, statement in support of the Child Victims Act and for his willingness to listen to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in order to better understand the need for this reform. We look forward to his continued leadership on this bill. It’s time – one could say long overdue – to get this bill passed as an important step towards stopping the scourge of sexual abuse of children.
Call To Action Upstate New York, with members in Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo, and Call To Action Metro New York, with members in Downstate New York and Long Island, are chapters of the national organization Call To Action (www.call-to-action-usa.org) which seeks to educate, inspire and activate Catholics to promote the values of the Gospel and, in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, to act for justice and build inclusive worshiping communities.
Come See the Nuns on the Bus
We’re Coming to New York!
In just a few days, NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus will be visiting your area on our journey to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. In an election year, it’s crucial that our message to Mend the Gaps in income and wealth inequality in our nation be heard and heeded. We hope you’ll join us in New York!
Our goal is to bring a politics of inclusion to divided places, change the conversation to mending the vast economic and social divides in our country, and counter political incivility with our message of inclusion.
Pope Francis has said, “a healthy politics is sorely needed.” View our schedule and RSVP to join us on this journey.
Can’t make it? There are other ways to get involved:
P.S. We’re sending these announcements to everyone in a state with a bus event or within two hours of an event — which means you may end up receiving more than one email. We’re sorry for any inconvenience, but wanted you to know about all our stops near you.
CTA members and friends of the Capital District are invited to Celebrate the feast of Mary Magdalene as we join with the Upper Room Community in Troy this year.
This year the Upper Room Community will prepare the Mary of Magdala celebration. We will begin our celebration at 7:00pm. at the Upper Room in Troy, NY. For this celebration, wear a colorful stole or scarf and we will celebrate Eucharist together.
The Upper Room is located next to Brown’s Brewery. (map) Some of you may want to meet before or after for dinner.
Here is the address:
Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community
415 River Street, Second Floor
Troy, NY 12180