I am in need of help from the Wordsmiths, Theologians, and/or Lawyers out there......
Here is my question - What does it mean to be CANON ized.....?
Now I know what it means to carmelize, unionize, patronize, personalize,
I even know what it means to capitalize, familiarize, deputize, jeopardize
penalize, weatherize, liberalize, radicalize, and theologize -
but canonize - No, not so much.......
Webster defines the word canon as "a regulation or dogma decreed by a church council or a provision of canon law " Now when I see those last
two words I think of Canon 1024 which states: "Only a baptized male validly receives sacred ordination." Now that has got to be sexist.
I have heard that Canon Law was written only for men and now it is stretched to include those unequal intrusive females.but
(here comes another question) How can women ever be tried under a law which does not treat them as equals under that law?
Back to my original question....What does it mean to be Canon-ized
and what is all this talk I am hearing by those awful Media Folks calling
the beatification of Pope John Paul II a "fast track to being canonized" They have charged Chicago politicians with those very same words....Must have originated with Chicago media. They always think it is not how you live but who you know. Now what do they know....
My recollection of Pope John Paul II's first days in Office were shortly after the second Women's Ordination Conference in Baltimore-1978 when he declared to a group of nuns in Rome that they "should not allow feminist claims to overshadow their call to a chaste, poor, and obedient life in the church"
Then on October 7, 1979 during his visit to the U.S. a nun by the name Theresa Kane representing LCWR and all women stood up in the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.to say,
"Our contemplation leads us to state that the Church in its struggle to be faithful to its call for reverence and dignity for all persons must respond by providing the members the possibility of women as persons being included in all ministries of our Church. I urge you, Your Holiness, to be open to and respond to the voices coming from the women of this country who are desirous of serving in and through the Church as fully participating members."
I still am asking the same question about the word Canon- ization
Now I am wondering if we need a new Leader in Rome and Council who would set aside a great day to celebrate all those women and men who have gone before us and are now Sancti cized. or made Saints....What
a glorious day - sort of like a Day of Equality celebrated in the Church.
standing side -by -side with those we have known and loved who have gone before us.
Friends tell me I do not have to worry about being CANONized...so
I am going with the word SANCTICIZED where everyone is welcome..
Her question was a worthy one, and my answer a kind of flip response. As a former Catholic, I have deep respect for many religious in the church and friends in both the priesthood and lay ministries as well as nuns. I ask you here to consider her thoughts.
" In answer to your question, the female becomes male in the eyes of the church because only then would she actually be deemed worthy in their "ized"....."
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