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Mother Pelican
Meditations on Man and Woman, Humanity and Nature

Luis T. Gutiérrez
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Meditation Seeking Understanding ~ Liturgy


These pages are meditations on the mysteries of the creation, the incarnation, and the redemption. They explore the Christian understanding that all men and women are consubstantial in one and the same human nature, and are consubstantial with Jesus Christ as to his humanity. The meditations are based on a layman's reading of the Sacred Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Theology of the Body as they pertain to the egalitarian complementarity of man and woman, which transcends the patriarchal binary of mutually exclusive male-female opposites. This understanding of the complementary equality of man and woman applies to all the sacraments, sheds light on the great nuptial mystery of Christ and the Church, and would seem to support the ordination of women to the ministerial priesthood and the episcopate.


One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic ~ Male and Female

Working Draft - 29 April 2016


PRAELUDIUM 1 - Marks of the Church

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic. These four characteristics, inseparably linked with each other, indicate essential features of the Church and her mission. The Church does not possess them of herself; it is Christ who, through the Holy Spirit, makes his Church one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, and it is he who calls her to realize each of these qualities." CCC # 811 (see also # 812, 857-869)

PRAELUDIUM 2 - Visible and External Sacrament

"If any one saith, that there is not in the New Testament a visible and external priesthood; or that there is not any power of consecrating and offering the true body and blood of the Lord, and of forgiving and retaining sins; but only an office and bare ministry of preaching the Gospel, or, that those who do not preach are not priests at all; let him be anathema." Council of Trent, Session 23, July 1563

PRAELUDIUM 3 - Sacramental Life of the Church

"Need should be the strongest argument today. When priests are not enough in many parts of the world, ordained ladies, especially Sisters, could come to our rescue. The sacramental life of the Christians is a forceful reason to alter tradition.... Some priests have to say two, three and at times even four Masses on Sundays, in far away places. If some of our Bishops should have to do a similar task, their tired feet and bodies would give their learned minds additional wisdom and courage to cast their votes in favour of women’s ordination." Karl Rahner, "Priestertum der Frau?" Stimmen der Zeit, Vol. 105, No. 5, May 1977, p. 299


THE PATRIARCHAL CURSE

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Clericalism distorts the Church?
Patriarchalism distorts the Church even more!

THE CHRISTIAN ERA

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THE TIME OF THE CHURCH

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Patriarchalism is a diabolical distortion
of the Christ-Church mystery

COLLOQUIUM 1 - Catholic Church, 2016 AD

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COLLOQUIUM 2 - Anglican Communion, 2016 AD

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COLLOQUIUM 3 - One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church

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Want to abolish clericalism?
Abolish patriarchalism!

Note: Abolishing patriarchalism may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.


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