One-day boycott of Mass!

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 08/11/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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This was interesting to me.....

Is this how most Catholic women feel?? (pretty much below men, and not equal?)
*All opinions welcome+, but For those that are or once were Catholic….what’s ur take on this?


AN 80-YEAR-OLD woman is organising a one-day boycott of Sunday Mass “by the faithful women of Ireland” next month.

Jennifer Sleeman from Clonakilty in Cork said she wants “to let the Vatican and the Irish church know that women are tired of being treated as second-class citizens”.

She has called on the Catholic women of Ireland to “join your sisters on Sunday, September 26th. On that one day boycott Mass. Stay at home and pray for change. We are the majority. We may have been protesting individually but unremarked on, but together we have strength and our absence, the empty pews, will be noticed”.

She said: “Whatever change you long for, recognition, ordination, the end of celibacy, which is another means of keeping women out, join with your sisters and let the hierarchy know by your absence that the days of an exclusively male-dominated church are over.”

She told The Irish Times she had chosen the date of September 26th as her 81st birthday was three days previously, on the 23rd.

She said she looks at her “children and grandchildren and see no future for the Catholic Church. Some of the grandchildren go through the rites of sacraments but seldom, if ever, visit a church afterwards. Some of my children are actively looking for a meaningful spiritual life but they do not find it in the Catholic Church.” But, she said, “I must except my eldest son who is a monk in Glenstal Abbey, another place that helps me keep some shreds of faith.”

She noted her son, Fr Simon, was supportive of her in her action.

Over recent Sundays, Ms Sleeman had been to the Church of Ireland in Clonakilty, to Mass in Knocknaheeney, and back to the Catholic Church in Clonakilty. “I felt so welcome in the first two and just wondered what I was doing in ‘my own church’ [Clonakilty],” she said. “Since then I have been to the celebration of the Methodist Church’s 150 years in Clonakilty, another joyful and welcoming occasion.”

A former Presbyterian who converted to Catholicism 54 years ago, she said: “I am not a cradle Catholic. I chose to join as an adult helped by meeting a wonderful priest . . . but I now wonder did I do the right thing?” She has found that “somehow I have grown up but the church has not”.

The sexual abuse scandals “horrified me. I find I belong to an organisation that seems caught in a time warp, run by old celibate men divorced from the realities of life, with a lonely priesthood struggling with the burden of celibacy where rules and regulations have more weight than the original message of community and love”.

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Krista - posted on 08/12/2010

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OT, but can I just note that I love Irish place names? Knocknaheeney? Awesome.

Back on topic, good for her!!! If more parishioners spoke out instead of just quietly slinking away, maybe we would someday see some changes in the church.

Mary - posted on 08/12/2010

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I love this woman!!



I completely agree with everything she has to say.The Church would be a much happier, vibrant and healthy community if that old boys club that runs it would recognize the crucial role that women could play in revitalizing Catholicism. Until they do, it is going to continue to die a slow, painful death.



I was raised Catholic, and at present, am a bit of a lapsed one. A big part of my issue with the Church are some of it's ridiculous "social" policies - particularly those related to reproductive issues. No, I don't mean abortion - but I do object to their policies on birth control and fertility assistance. I also found it a bit odd that the church requires all couples considering marriage to be "counselled" by a priest - aka a celibate man. Hmmmmm....maybe that's why that marriage ended in divorce....

Jaime - posted on 08/11/2010

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"I find I belong to an organization that seems caught in a time warp, run by old celibate men divorced from the realities of life, with a lonely priesthood struggling with the burden of celibacy where rules and regulations have more weight than the original message of community and love”.



I liked what this woman had to say in this statement. And I find this to be my grievance with the Catholic religion specifically. As Ms. Sleeman put it "celibate men divorced from the realities of life". I am an atheist, but I absolutely support everyone's right to have faith in God if they so choose. I am also of the belief that with the passing of time, evolution of the physical world is clear, but evolution of the reasoning world (the mental and emotional) is not always so clear. It might be time for the Vatican to 'see' its way into the 21st Century.

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