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Do Not Let Bishops Silence Catholic Women

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THIS PETITION IS CLOSED AND HAS BEEN SENT TO BISHOP OLMSTED AND EDWINA GATELEY. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CALL TO ACTION AND OUR WORK FOR A MORE JUST AND COMPASSIONATE CHURCH, CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE AT We support the voices of Catholic women! Last month Edwina Gateley, a Call To Action member and founder of the lay Volunteer Missionary Movement, was prepared to give a retreat to nuns in Phoenix, Arizona about the feminine dimensions of God in Christian tradition. Bishop Olmsted threatened to tape her talks at the eight-day retreat in order to monitor what she said. She courageously refused to allow the bishop\'s censorship to intrude on the spiritual space created for the women\'s gathering. In retaliation, the bishop mandated that the Franciscan Renewal Center cancel the retreat and they did. In the spirit of gospel justice, Call To Action/Arizona in coalition with the Arizona Center for Theological Studies will sponsor a public talk by Edwina Gateley in June to remind the bishop that he cannot silence women\'s voices in the church. No woman should have her voice silenced. For details about Edwina Gateley\'s public talk in Phoenix, contact CTA/AZ 480.970.4288. A copy of this petition will be sent to Edwina Gateley and Bishop Olmsted.


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