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Friday
Jun012012

American Nuns Call Vatican Charges "A Flawed Process" | Ideology Drives Perception of War on Women

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Sister Claudia Bronsing takes part in a vigil at St. Colman Church in Cleveland, Ohio, in support of Catholic nuns who were criticized by the Vatican. Michael McElroy for the New York Times The Vatican awaits American nuns who will travel to Rome in an effort to open discussions and their defense against charges that American nuns are “radical feminists” and not committed to upholding core Catholic values.

Concluding a week of meetings in Washington, the 21 board members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents about 80 percent of the nation’s dwindling 57,000 nuns, spoke today in strong terms. Sister Pat Farrell, president of the conference helped draft a response to the Vatican calling recent charges based on “unsubstantiated accusations” and a “flawed process”. The sisters added that the charges have caused scandal, pain and polarization in the Roman Catholic Church.

“Even large sectors of the church itself have legitimate concern and want to continue to talk about the place of women in the church, and rightful equality between men and women,” said Sister Farrell, who is a member of the leadership team of the Sisters of St. Francis, of Dubuque, Iowa. “So if that is called radical feminism, then a lot of men and women in the church, far beyond us, are guilty of that.”

The National Catholic Reporter interviewed Franciscan Sister Pat Farrell today. She shares details of this week’s meetings and the desires of American nuns to forge an honest, high-integrity dialogue with Rome. Read also the New York Times.

Related reading: Catholic child abuse cover-up case heads to jury CNN

Jurors began deliberating today in Philadelphia in the “landmark trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking cleric charged with endangering children by allegedly helping cover up sexual abuse.”

On trial besides Lynn is Rev. James Brennan, who is charged with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old. Both Brennan and Lynn claim that they are innocent.

Women’s Pay Growth

Forbes reports that a new analysis from PayScale confirms that today’s full-time American female college grads initially earn a median of $31,900 and male college grads earn a median of $40,800. From ages 22 to 30 their salaries growth similarly in percentage terms.

At age 30, women’s earnings growth slows substantially. “By age 39, college-educated women working full-time stop getting raises and see their salaries peak at about $60,000. Their male peers, on the other hand, continue seeing wage increases through age 48, when they earn a median of $95,000 a year.”

For plausible reasons why, read on at Forbes.

Conservative Women Say “No War on Women”

A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation says that three in 10 women (31 percent overall believe that there is currently a “wide-scale effort to limit women’s reproductive health choices and services, such as abortion, family planning, and contraception” in America.

Nevertheless, 42 percent of women polled reported that they took some action in the past six months in reaction to a news or feature item in the media.

This includes attempting to influence a friend or family member’s opinion (23 percent), donating money to a non-profit working on reproductive health issues (15 percent), and contacting an elected official (14 percent).

Six in 10 women voters say the economy is the top election issue and concern.

Writing for The Washington Post, Suzi Parker points out that the real dividing line is ideology.

Nearly half of liberal women (49 percent) said there was a war on women’s health with only 18 percent of conservative women thinking the same.

Wednesday
May232012

Will PA Defund Planned Parenthood? | Sudan Stoning Sentence for Young Woman Moves To Supreme Court 

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State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) introduces The Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priorities Act.PA Republican State Representative Daryl Metcalfe introduced the Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priorities Act today, with the objective to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Existing state law already prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions but Metcalfe is not satisfied.

“Regardless of their position on abortion, Pennsylvania taxpayers must no longer be forced to subsidize the loss of innocent lives,” said Metcalfe.  “In reality, women in Pennsylvania will be healthier and the children safer when we permanently defund Planned Parenthood and its anti-family agenda.”

Mallory Quigley, communications director for Susan B Anthony List, called the bill an “upgrade” for women’s health services because it directs money away from Planned Parenthood clinics and toward hospitals and other kinds of family planning clinics that don’t provide abortions.

Six states enacted legislation to defund Planned Parenthood in 2011: Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee. District judges in all of those states except Wisconsin have since determined that those laws were unconstitutional and have temporarily blocked them. Similar cases like a new Texas law that has refused all Medicaid funds, are being ruled unconstitutional at a state level.

A federal judge in the Texas case wrote that the state has made no credible case that especially poor women won’t suffer under the new anti-Planned Parenthood legislation.

“In the past our clients would qualify for services for free, but now we have to charge them a fee,” said Jeff Teague, president of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee. “It’s put a burden on people, obviously. We’ve seen a ten percent decrease in patient numbers, and we’ve worked very closely with health department to see if they’ve seen a corresponding increase, and they have not. We have a serious concern that there are a number of women not receiving or delaying care, which is a bad situation either way.” via Huff Po

Related Reads

A Message to Girls About Religious Men Who Fear You Soraya Chemaly at Huff Po

What You Need to Know About the Law Behind the Catholic Church’s Anti-Birth Control Lawsuit ThinkProgress

California Bill Would Increase Access to Birth Control RH Reality Check

The battle among Catholic bishops E.J. Dionne Jr. at WaPo

Death by Stoning

A detail from Ercole Ferrata’s “Martirio di Santa Emerenziana” (1660), a marble engraving carved to adorn the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone of Rome, Italy. The engraving depicts the stoning St. Emerenziana, martyred at the grave of St. Agnes.Death by Stoning

It’s believed that stoning is the world’s oldest form of execution and is a common death penalty in the Bible, leaving scholars to conclude the Jesus’ famous anti-death penalty statement in John 8.7: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Today stoning is primarily enforced by Islamic fundamentalist sharia law. In 2004, 13-year-old Zhila Izadyar was sentenced to death by stoning in Iran for the ‘crime’ of being raped by her older brother. International protests saved her life.

How Stoning Works: The prisoner is buried either up to his waist (if male) or up to her shoulders (if female) and then pelted with stones by a crowd of volunteers until obviously battered to death. Under the terms of most fundamentalist courts, the stones must be small enough that death cannot reasonably be expected to result from only one or two blows, but large enough to cause physical harm. The average execution by stoning is extremely painful, lasting at least 10 to 20 minutes. via About.com

Help Us Save Intisar Sharif Abdalla

A young Sudanese woman, who gave birth to a child claimed not to be her husband’s, has been sentenced to death by stoning by Sudanese judge Sami Ibrahim Shabo. AOC will respond to requests for help from activists in Sudan trying to save the young woman from this brutal death.

Intisar Sharif Abdalla, believed to be between 15 and 17 years of age is presently awaiting her fate with her baby, in a jail in Khartoum. Prison authorities, who claim she is 20 years old, say the young mother was sentenced to death in accordance with Article 146 of the Sudanese criminal law. She had no legal representation.

The judgment was made on May 13, 2012 after just one hearing and came after an “admission of guilt” plea following torture and brutal beatings by Sharif’s brother who instigated the case. Her co-accused however remains un-convicted and walks freely.

The sentence must be approved by Sudan’s Supreme Court. To date, no stoning cases have been carried out but the demands for full Islamic shariah laws have escalated since the separation of Islamic Sudan and predominantly Christian South Sudan.

Anne is working with the same team of activists as she did on freeing Lubna Hussein, one of 40,000 Sudanese women who avoided flogging when she was arrested in 2009 for improper dress.

Again in 2010, Anne published a horrific video of a young woman being flogged in Sudan, stabilizing the footage on Vimeo when YouTube repeatedly took it down. She then sent the video files to Bloomberg News. Media contacts will be made regarding this stoning case in the next few days.

Friday
May112012

US Catholic Bishops Investigate Girl Scouts As Local Parishes Rally Around Nuns | Obama Fundraising & Gay Marriage

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Writing for US News & World Report, Mary Kate Cary expresses a sentiment about the Catholic Church that is gaining major momentum. It seems that the Catholic bishops are everywhere, riding herd on American women like they haven’t done in decades.

I’m not a Catholic theologian or expert or activist of any kind. I’m just a mom who is getting increasingly uncomfortable with the Catholic Church in which my daughters are growing up. To me, the Vatican has become polarizing, extremist, and alienating. It seems like the true believers vs. the infidels. Now it’s the bishops vs. the nuns.

Cary writes that she has two nuns in her family and neither appears to be a “radical feminist”. She reminds us that just two years ago, the Vatican issued a directive on the most serious crimes one can commit: heresy, schism, pedophilia, and ordaining women.

Activist support for the Catholic sisters is growing. The National Catholic Reporter shares news from St. Andrew’s parish in Portland, Ore. Fr. Leo Remington moved from praying and praising the nuns to confrontational comments, written by a member of the congregation.

“Now in light of an often misguided and oppressive leadership in the church, we stand in solidarity with you and all women religious in the church. May you continue to ‘love tenderly, act justly and walk humbly with God.’” Both prayers were crafted by a parishioner, who asked to remain anonymous.

Christian Science Monitor reports that the Catholic bishops have now opened an “official inquiry” into Girl Scouts of America. The inquiry will be conducted by the bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. 

Fashion & Flogging

Robin Hölzken | Hicham Riad | Elle Belgium Mai 2012 | Smart Sensuality Values Expressed AOC Private Studio

Again I apologized to Hicham for the delay in posting his editorial with commentary — which the images deserve.

Hello, Anne. No problem, there is no emergency for the pictures … the emergency lies in the activities you do that defend women … I saw the video of the flogging, I was shocked and above all I felt that I could not remain impassive in the face of this violence against women….

Photography with more sensuality, and repossession of women about their own bodies, their own lives…

Gay Marriage Money Boom?

In 2010, campaign contributions from gay and lesbian rights interests groups fell to a 16-year-low, with the trend continuing in the 2012 campaign cycle. In 2008, the gay and lesbian community contributed $1.8 million to Democrats, compared to $590,000 so far in 2012.

USA Today reports that 51% of Americans polled approve of President Obama’s stance on gay marriage versus 45% who disapprove. The poll reports 13% saying his new position will make them more likely to vote for him, compared to 26% who say they are less likely.

Related: Strong 8-Yr Drop in American Opposition to Gay Marriage AOC Sexual Politics