How are we different?
At St. Mary of Magdala Catholic Community we follow the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and are grounded in justice and faithfulness to the Gospel. We feel called to follow that spirit to new conclusions as we are led as a community.
Roman Catholic Women Priests -- Why We Do Things Differently from the Way They Are Done at Official Catholic Churches
One of the main thrusts behind the women’s ordination movement in the Catholic Church is to carry on the reforms of the 2nd Vatican Council and go back to the spirit of the Early Church. That effort got a good start with the change from the use of Latin in the Mass and other sacraments to the language of the people, the vernacular. Another aspect of the early church was the sense that all are equal in Christ. We’ve seen evidence that women led communities in the celebration of what we now call the Mass, the official liturgy of the Church.
The women’s ordination movement now focuses in many ways on the importance of women being treated equally and having the same rights and responsibilities as men in leadership in the Church. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it would send a message that the Catholic Church respects women as having equal dignity before God and should be treated equally by all societies. Many societies, countries and religions treat women as barely human and of little or no value other than to produce male offspring.
The Catholic Church has an unprecedented opportunity in the person of Pope Francis to uplift all people through raising the level of respect for women. That would change dramatically the level of education of women and children so they could learn ways to care for each other, prevent disease and provide better nutrition for all, ending the so called need to fight other peoples and nations.
The change in the words for God from male to neutral are one of the ways that we begin to change people’s mental pictures and constructs of God as only male, inferring that males have power over women and children. We do not use the male pronouns for God at all in the liturgy, except when it is used in hymns and songs that are in our Gather books. The Inclusive Lectionary we use follows the same transforming principle of proclaiming sacred scripture in a nonsexist and non-classist manner within the context of the Liturgy of the Word. Please feel free to ask any questions after Mass or later by phone or email.
How is our leadership different?
Maria T. McClain, Pastor
We believe in God who is creator and nurturer of all.
We believe in Jesus, the Christ, who is our love, our hope,
and our light.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the breath of Wisdom Sophia,
who energizes and guides us in building caring communities
and in challenging oppression, exploitation and injustices.
We believe that God loves us passionately
and forgives us everything.
We believe that we are radiant images of God who calls us
to live fully, love tenderly, and serve generously.
We believe in the communion of saints, our heavenly friends,
who support us on life’s journey.
We believe in the partnership & equality of women and men in our church and world.
We believe that all are one in the Heart of God.
Here we live our prophetic call of compassion
and equality for all.
How is our Liturgy different & same?