1992

1992 April 5 – 5th Sun (Bulletin Letters)

1992 April 5 – 5th Sun (Bulletin Letters)

Cycle C 5th Sun Lent

Jn 8, 1-11

 

Dear friends

THE SCRIBES AND THE PHARISEES LEAD A WOMAN FORWARD WHO HAD BEEN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY. Jn. 8/3

The thing that strikes me the most about this week’s Gospel story of the woman caught in adultery is how unfair the whole story is to the woman. Doesn’t it takes two to commit the sin of adultery? Where was her male partner? Was he not equally as guilty?  Why wasn’t he brought before Jesus, too? It is  clearly  a case of blatant sexism. I’m sure this was not lost on Jesus.

The Scribes and Pharisees were out to get Jesus. They cared little for the woman. They were trying to trap Jesus who was threatening their privileged way of life; undermining everything they held dear and holy. If a poor unfortunate women should get hurt in the process, what did this matter to the Scribes and Pharisees? Besides, she was caught in the act of sinning.

The Scribes and Pharisees were in an exclusively male structure. This sexist structure gave the Scribes and the Pharisees the cover they needed to exploit this poor women’s situation. That is how sexism works.

In our modern times there has been a lot of advancement for women. Sexist structures and institutions are increasingly being called into question. People all over the world are becoming more and more aware of the harm and suffering caused by the sin of sexism. We in the U.S.A. have been on the cutting edge of this important social justice issue for many years. This is something we can all be proud of as Americans.

Still, sexism and sexist structures continue to exist in our world. Sadly, the largest sexist institution left in the world today is the Catholic Church. This does not come without a heavy moral price. The longer the Catholic Church holds on to it’s all male celibate hierarchy, the further we will alienate young women and men, who have little tolerance for sexist structures and institutions that exclude women.

In this week’s bulletin you’ll find a copy of an article by Julie Taiber. Her experience is not uncommon among a growing number of young and talented women in our Church.

THE BISHOP DINGMAN MEMORIAL LINE CROSSING, MAY 10th  There will be copies of the flyer and invitation to the “Bishop Dingman Memorial Line Crossing” in the back of the Church this week. This witness is being organized by the Catholic Peace Ministry in honor of Bishop Dingman. Retired Bishop Charles Buswell and Sr. Mary Dingman will be on hand to help with the celebration. I am grateful that I will be able to attend this witness before I go to court. You are welcome to join us. It would be a fitting way to honor the memory and spirit of Bishop Dingman

WHY I WON’T MAKE A DEAL WITH THE JUDGE A number of people have asked me why I don’t try to make a deal with the Judge so I would not have to go to jail. This could be done, I’m sure. All I need do is promise not to return to SAC. But, I cannot do this. Our work is not done. SAC Headquarters, soon to be the Strategic Nuclear Command will be stationed at Offutt A.F.B. for the foreseeable future. I could not promise in good conscience not to return as long as the command of nuclear weapons remains part of Offutt A.F.B.’s mission.

Some have asked why I don’t try to get a lighter sentence or perhaps probation with a promise to do ‘community service’ because I am a priest. This I cannot do, either. I refuse to use my position as a priest and pastor to get a lighter sentence. I intend to continue to witness at SAC, and to invite others to do so. I feel I need to be willing to endure the harshest punishment the courts can give if I am going to continue to ask others to join me.

Some have asked why I don’t try to get a lighter sentence or perhaps probation with a promise to do ‘community service’ because I am a priest. This I cannot do, either. I refuse to use my position as a priest and pastor to get a lighter sentence. I intend to continue to witness at SAC, and to invite others to do so. I feel I need to be willing to endure the harshest punishment the courts can give if I am going to continue to ask others to join me.

 

 

 

 

 

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