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Dear Friends,

RCWP has published the following statement in response to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury’s finding on clerical sexual abuse in our church.  We encourage you to read the statement and to share it with those who would find it of interest….and perhaps hope!

With loving gratitude for your presence in our lives,

Jean & Ron

Click on the link below to read the statement:

Roman Catholic Women Priests

Bishops Respond

to the

Pennsylvania Grand Jury Findings

26 August 2018

We, the undersigned international circle of Bishops representing the Roman

Catholic Women Priests movement, state the following:

• We thank the Pennsylvania State's Attorney for doing the work the Roman

Catholic Bishops have failed to do and for disclosing the criminal conduct of

hundreds of Roman Catholic priests and an estimated thousand child

victims.

• We condemn the conduct of priest sex offenders. We condemn the conduct

of Bishops who conspired to cover up the criminal conduct of priest sex

offenders and expanded the number of child victims by transferring

offending clergy to new assignments. We condemn the conduct of Bishops

who failed to report clergy accused of sexual crimes to local law

enforcement agencies for investigation and possible prosecution. We

condemn the conduct of Bishops who themselves engaged in sex offenses

with minor victims. We condemn the conduct of all clergy, priests and

bishops, who engaged in the sexual harassment of adult women and/or men.

• We believe the structure of priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church is

bankrupt and corrupt and must be completely restructured.

We call upon the U.S. Bishops to tender their resignations as bishops subject to the

acceptance or rejection of Pope Francis.

• We call upon Pope Francis to establish a lay led ecumenical council to

explore new structures for church leadership and church order, including:

  1. 1. the ordination of married men, women, and people of all genders;
  2. 2. the normalization of LGBTQ relationships and same sex marriage;
  3. 3. the establishment of a process for participation of local laity in the

selection/election of their bishops;

  1. 4. the establishment of lay representation by 2/3 in all ecumenical councils

for purposes of developing and setting Roman Catholic theology, policy,

self-understanding and practice.

We are aware that this sexual abuse crisis is a worldwide crisis, occurring on every

continent where the Roman Catholic Church has a presence. This crisis

dramatically affects all of God's people.

Healing and renewal in the Roman Catholic Church can only begin after a serious

accounting of its hierarchy. A recall of the current, collective leadership and a

non-hierarchical restructuring of the Church is imperative in order to heal the grave

wounds to the body of Christ and move the Church into the 21st century.

+Marie Evans Bouclin, (Sudbury, ON, Bishop Emerita, RCWP Canada)

+Merlene Olivia Doko, (Pismo Beach, CA, Bishop Emerita, RCWP-USA)

+Patricia Fresen, (Stuttgart & Capetown, RCWP Germany and South Africa)

+Joan M. Clark Houk, (South Bend, IN, RCWP-USA, Great Waters Region)

+Andrea Michele Johnson, (Annapolis, MD, RCWP-USA, Eastern Region)

+Jane Kryzanowski, (Regina, SK, RCWP Canada)

+Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, (Pettenbach, RCWP Austria/ Europe)

+Nancy Louise Meyer, (Indianapolis, IN, RCWP-USA, Midwest Region)

+Ida Raming, (Stuttgart, RCWP Germany)

+Suzanne Avison Thiel, (Portland, OR, RCWP-USA, Western Region)

+Jane Via, (San Diego, CA, RCWP-USA, Western Region)

Contacts:

Andrea Johnson Suzanne Thiel

410-626-7934 503-784-3330

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