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Swindled and Blindsided

Too many Catholic voters gave into the blind obedience that Evangelical Catholicism requires.

Painted Ponderings

                           “Oh, What Did I Do?”

I’m one of those Evangelical Catholics who voted for Trump. I was convinced that I was following my conscience. I attend mass every Sunday and expect my pastor to be my moral guide in most areas of my life.

I must admit, however, in the area of birth control, I felt ok with my wife’s practicing birth control. We were both open to having children, but just not more than we could provide with food, shelter, health, education and love. We knew that the church was not against birth control per say, and even encouraged “natural” family planning. Our first two children were the result of that method and so we realized that it did not work for us, We felt God could not be offended if we used a method that did. Even at that, we always felt some guilt about it, and…

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john pavlovitz – Stuff That Needs To Be Said

“This is racism.
This is domestic terrorism.
This is religious extremism.

This is bigotry.
It is blind hatred of the most vile kind.
It doesn’t represent America.
It doesn’t represent Jesus.
It doesn’t speak for the majority of white Americans.
It’s a cancerous, terrible, putrid sickness that represents the absolute worst of who we are.’

via john pavlovitz – Stuff That Needs To Be Said

Vatican Sexism, A Clear and Present Danger to the Catholic Church

Courageous National Catholic Reporter journalist Jamie Manson recounts her first-hand experience of the Vatican’s scandalous obsessive fear of women clergy, extending even to women clergy of the Anglican variety.


Wrongdoing “must be acknowledged and as far as possible corrected”

“We must struggle against injustice and those who promote or countenance it…”

Truly problematic are prelates who raise their voices against same-sex marriage, but not against overt racism and misogyny. Or bishops who defend the religious liberty of Catholic institutions regarding contraception, but not the freedom of persecuted Muslim refugees who wish to immigrate to our shores…

we can neither ignore the grave threat of the “Trump movement” and his “alt-right” allies nor downplay the complicity of those who support them. Doing so is denial and moral evasion.”

via Not the Time for Reconciliation | Commonweal Magazine


Found in the Upper Left Corner

“By dropping black ink into pools of water and allowing images to emerge we can find surprise paintings that call to us from our unconscious/soul. My mystic image was hiding in the upper left corner of the paper. It only needed three black lines and a few shadows to bring her into focus. It’s not always the big picture where we need to focus.” Yes, we all need to discover our mystic soul within, that which RESISTS disparagement and abuse, that which INSISTS on the truth within which sets us free.

Painted Ponderings

img_0031 The mystic woman

My friend, Evelyn Mattern, had died shortly after she had published a book about women mystics titled, “Why Not Become Fire”.  The legacy of the women  in her stories had not been part of my catholic education. From my friend’s book I learned quite a lot about these women of the past who lived with strong courage, faith  and deep conviction in their own experiences of God. They defined God in their own terms and often exceeded the limits put upon God by the church of their time. Some dared to describe the divine in feminine language and images of love.  In the past woman mystics had been  depicted  as religious fanatics and in some cases mentally unstable.  They lived under threat of execution by the defenders of the faith. Many in fact died at the hands of the church.

Discrediting women especially in the realm of religion was/is  important for maintaining a patriarchal system that must control the souls and bodies…

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Why can’t we accommodate florists denying services to gay couples? | Religion News Service

Source: Why can’t we accommodate florists denying services to gay couples? | Religion News Service

“…if you want to forbid florists from refusing service to mixed-race couples but allow Baronelle Stutzman et al. to refuse service to a same-sex couples, you have to come up with some persuasive secular reason for considering discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation less deserving of legal protection than discrimination on the basis of race.”

Abortion Trumps War?

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The politics of abortion are way out of bounds with abortion having been manipulated by religion and government for power and control over women and men alike.   Abortion conjures up more emotional ferocity than even the possibilities of war or global annihilation, while both make us question what it means to be human. This 13-page PDF presentation contrasts Christianity’s hyper-focus on abortion and its tolerance of war.

Call for Fearless Dialogue on Women’s Ordination

“Is it wrong to hope in anticipation of Lent that the archaic structures of the church—clung to so fiercely as unchangeable yet skewed so inordinately in patriarchal privilege—can be seriously addressed?”  (Excerpt from “Lenten appeal to Pope Francis on Women’s Ordination from John J. Shea, O.S.A.+”…letter edited for length below)

<<Dear Pope Francis,                                                        February, 2017
I hope you are well and that you are allowed to receive this letter. I pray for you and I am inspired by your obvious concern for the poor and the environment…

When you talk about the need for honest dialogue on the issues that we face as a church, I am somewhat heartened. You keep insisting: “dialogue, dialogue, dialogue.” In fact, you say: “dialogue fearlessly.”

Unfortunately, however, there is not now, nor has there ever been, any fearless—let alone gender inclusive—dialogue on the ordination of women, although this is arguably the most crucial issue in the church.

Can the sea-changing collaboration of bishops and theologians at the time of Vatican II serve as a model for what needs to happen today?  Can you empower that kind of thoroughgoing synod-like collaboration as part of your concern for honest dialogue in the church?…

Is it wrong to hope in anticipation of Lent that the archaic structures of the church—clung to so fiercely as unchangeable yet skewed so inordinately in patriarchal privilege—can be seriously addressed?

Pope Francis, will the day come when the church’s recognition of women rivals the mercy that is the cornerstone of your papacy?

Sincerely,John J. Shea, O.S.A.

Copy: Members of the Council of Cardinals>>

Source: Lenten appeal to Pope Francis on Women’s Ordination from John J. Shea, O.S.A. — Women’s Ordination Worldwide

The Normalization of Violence: Week One in the Trump Era

Some Catholics DON’T think we should Normalize What is happening in our country under the banner of Law and Order! https://Rite Beyond


It has been a week, only a week, since President Donald Trump took office. As I look back at the previous week, I cannot believe it has only been one week. Constant tweeting and talk about crowd sizes is dangerous misdirection – the overwhelming theme of the week, in my opinion, was violence.

The World Health Association defines violence as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation.” This is what we are seeing.

Last Friday, I sat and watched the inauguration online during my office hours. I did not vote for Donald Trump, but he is now my president. As someone who takes the idea of Faithful Citizenship very seriously, I felt a responsibility to watch. And…

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