Young, Catholic, and Feminist?
According to a 1992 Gallup poll, 67 percent of all Catholics and 80 percent of Catholics under the age of 35 support the ordination of women. Yet in forming the Common Ground Project last year, even the respected Cardinal Joseph Bernardin was sharply criticized for calling for dialogue on difficult issues facing the Catholic Church, including the role of women in the church.
The Women's Ordination Conference (WOC) is introducing the Young Feminist Network (YFN) to provide an outreach, support, and advocacy network for women and men under the age of 30. It is intended for those who want to work for the equal rights of women in the Catholic Church and for mutually respectful and liberating relationships between men and women in all aspects of church life and society. The YFN hopes to be a forum for discussion, reflection, and action where people can create real dialogue on topics that may make being young and Catholic complicated (see "Grappling With the Tough Questions," by Kimberly Burge, page 10).
To join YFN, or to receive information or assistance with organizing a local network, contact YFN c/o WOC, P.O. Box 2693, Fairfax, VA 22031-0693; (703) 352-1006, ext. 22; e-mail: WOC96@aol.com
Calendars for 1997
If you haven't yet purchased your calendar for 1997, we have our perennial favorites and some new ones to suggest.
The War Resisters League has produced a peace calendar every year since 1956. For 1997, "WomanSpirit Moving Toward Peace and Justice" tells the stories in words and pictures of women around the world working for nonviolent solutions in the midst of war and other inhumanities. Order ($12 each or four for $44) from WRL, 339 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012; (212) 228-0450. Include $2 per calendar for delivery outside the United States. New York state residents also include 8.25 percent sales tax.