Second Class Citizen

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Blessed are you among women! (Luke 1:42)

The blog Post from the National Catholic Register. com “5 Questions Before You Leave the Catholic Church” sparked a great deal of discussion.  The post is an examination of why people/women leave the Church.  The reasons are varied.  Some leave over the doctrine.  Some leave because of the scandal.  Some leave just coz.  One comment hit home for me.  It was from a woman name Beverly.  She is dealing with what I believe many, many Roman Catholic women are feeling: Left out in their own church.

Beverly:
“Women are second class citizens as we cannot be priests or deacons”

Today’s Gospel feels like a slap in the face for many of them.  To these very faith-filled women, these women who love the Church;  it feels as if Mary is an after thought.  Often there will be clumsy homilies given by priests who have no real idea of what it is to be a wife, mother, woman.  These priests relish the meek and mild aspect of Mary, making it seem as if the Church does not want any “uppity” women rocking the boat.  When it is SO clear that Mary was a HUGE influence in Jesus’ live and mission.  Like all mothers she had an impact, profound impact on him.  She was there at Pentecost receiving with the others the tongues of the flame from the Holy Spirit.  If she isn’t an example of what the Church wants women to be like than why is she Queen of Heaven?

Why, why are we as women of the Roman Catholic Church still treated as if we have nothing to give, when clearly this is not how God saw Mary!

Is a spiritual director working helping moms find God in the everyday. She has been a spiritual director since 1998: worked as a Director of Religious Education for Holy Cross Parish(2000-2005), was Director of Project Rachel, a healing ministry for Post Abortive women(1999-2000). Patty worked a social worker for Catholic Social Services (1988 - 1995) Then studied for spiritual direction at the Dominican Center of Religious Studies, DeWitt Michigan

She is married 20 years and has four children

She has a BS/BA in social work from Aquinas College, CSD Certified Spiritual Director

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