Catholic Feminist Agitators’ Protest Included “Sacred Dancing” In an unsettling show of disobedience on a holy day, Portland area Catholic protesters mocked the Mass in the Park Blocks on Sunday, September 26.
Here we list the news coverage from around the Internet.
“We’ve Had Enough: Portland Catholic Women To Skip Mass Over the Treatment of Women (pdf) .” The Oregonian Sep. 25, 2010.
‘Gathering calls for women’s equality in the Church.’ Catholic Sentinel Sep. 28, 2010. Includes Archbishop Vlazny’s response.
‘Mass Defection: why local Catholics are skipping morning services this morning.’ Willamette Week Sep. 22, 2010. Includes comment by Archdiocese spokesman Bud Bunce who says, “it’s unlikely the priests backing the demonstration will face discipline.” Marylee King, a 64-year-old parishioner at Resurrection Parish in Tualatin, counters that it’s important for her to get together with hundreds of sister Catholics unhappy about church leadership. ‘I’m fed up with inequality and injustice by the church hierarchy,’ King says.‘”
St. Francis parishioner “Jane Rickenbaugh practices sacred dance for Sunday’s public protest of the Vatican’s treatment of women.” Source .
Many, many photos at their site www.onespiritonecall.org . The Sentinel did not publish a photo of the dancing at least not online. Probably because its divisive, insulting and embarrassing!
The Skanner – ‘Statement for Equality, Catholic Women Stay Home from Church’ .
Their YouTube Video begins (4 minutes) with New Age dancing and singing. In the video, a group identifies themselves from St. Clare’s; St. Andrew’s is the other church who put this on.
Portland Catholic “women’s equality” protest 9-26-10
Goddess dancer Jane Rickenbaugh, a St. Francis parishioner.
These dissenting organizations and extreme fringe groups base their relevance on the sexual abuse scandal, i.e., women priestesses will solve the problem of homosexual predators. We totally disagree. They are using the scandal as an excuse to unleash their Ungodly Rage against Church teaching. We wish to point out that recently a Baptist Bishop of an Atlanta mega church stands accused of sexual abuse. Also, there are more cases of sexual predators in our public schools than in Mother Church. Educator Misconduct Report by Carol Shakeshaft in pdf concludes that one in 10 children is sexually abused in school.”
- A list of organizations in the International movement for women’s ordination is at We Are The Church.
We look forward to the day when these feminist agitators, who are in a perpetual state of “revolution” attacking the Church, will find another institution to attack.
It is our view that the Vatican needs to ban dissenting publications like the ‘National Catholic Reporter’ which foment calls for women’s ordination. I’ve known of an entire parish (St. Clare’s) that read the paper exclusively. These dissenters need to be encouraged to leave the Catholic Church and join the Episcopalians where they’d feel more comfortable.
Bud Bunce, Communications Director
Archdiocese of Portland