Over the past year, CNWE has been collecting signatures on our web petition and by mail to express dissatisfaction with the New Roman Missal. We gathered over 400 signatures in total and in January 2013, we sent a letter outlining our issues with the New Roman Missal to the English-speaking bishops of Canada and we included these signatures. Our dissatisfaction centres on four issues: i) the New Roman Missal presents humanity as largely sinful and unworthy before a monarchical God, ii) it uses exclusive language, thereby removing women from the language of prayer, iii) it employs a literal translation from the Latin that results in obscure vocabulary and long and awkward wording and iv) it’s development ignored a widely approved draft in favour of a Latinized translation that has little relevance to our times. This translation rejects the teaching of Vatican II for a liturgy with “noble simplicity.” We join with clergy (many of whom feel they cannot speak openly) and groups around the English speaking world in letting our leaders know that much has been lost in translation!
Events organized by “The Circle” for the 2012-2013 year can be found at: http://www.brescia.uwo.ca/thecircle/events/index.html
Signatures to the CNWE Petition expressing dissatisfaction with the New Roman Missal now total over 250, including those that have been mailed in to CNWE. We invite all those who are dissatisfied with both the process and product of the New Roman Missal to express their concerns by signing on here! Please pass along the CNWE website to friends who may be interested in signing.
CNWE Members from across Canada will be ‘gathering’ for our National Virtual Retreat and AGM conference on Saturday June 16, 2012. It promises to be an invigorating day to continue our work for justice and equality in the Catholic church and in the world!
View TV News coverage of the New Brunswick Purple Stole Event here!
The New Brunswick chapter of CNWE held its annual Purple Stole Vigil in support of women’s equality in the Catholic Church on the Tuesday of Holy Week, April 3, 2012. The annual Vigil takes place in front of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Saint John New Brunswick immediately prior to the Chrism mass. At this mass the priests of the diocese gather to renew their vows, and the sacramental oils to be used throughout the liturgical year are blessed and distributed to representatives of every parish in the diocese.
Prior to the Vigil, 27 women and men, members and supporters of CNWE from around the province gathered in a facility near the cathedral. Following a brown bag lunch and a time to socialize we entered into a prayer service which lead us into our silent vigil. We proceeded in silence to the front of the Cathedral with our banner, and signs where we stood in silence for the hour preceding the mass.
As we stood in our silent vigil we handed out the CNWE brochure to anyone who wished to engage us in conversation while maintaining our silence. We did receive a couple of negative comments but received more, quietly supportive comments.