Having something of a Worzel Gummidge day!

The news this morning of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has left my busy mind struggling to keep up.  As a non Christian the news might be expected to impact me only tangentially.  But as an Irish citizen and resident,  the teachings of the Catholic Church still have considerable impact on the society in which I live – think of the role of the Church in education, the abortion debate, the numerous abuse scandals, the treatment of women and girls in the Magdalene laundries…… so any changes in the leadership of the Catholic Church potentially impact on my country hugely.    As a feminist I would love to see full and equal treatment of women in every sector of society so have major problems with all patriarchal religions.  As a news junkie I’m naturally hooked.  As a fan of Twitter I am in stitches at some of the wit up there today.  As a historian – and I really will finish my PhD one day! – I am fascinated in the way only history lovers can be by the historical impact of this news, especially when commentators on the radio disagree who the last pope to resign was (I want to dive into a library and start reading up on these guys!).  As a Irish feminist woman whose PhD is (note the present tense!) on the role of lay women in the development of orthodox Irish Catholicism in the post-famine period, I am fascinated, slightly mesmerised, a little appalled at the blind faith expressed by people interviewed in Dublin and broadcast a few minutes ago on RTE Radio 1, and very very aware that this could be a big turning point for the Catholic Church.

So there is plenty for my busy little mind to turn over today and I keep jumping from position to position depending on which of my heads is in the forefront.    A few commentators have mentioned the work of Elizabeth Johnson and her book ‘Quest for a Living God’ – another book for me to go and read 🙂

Oh and for those of you who don’t know who Worzel Gummidge is…..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worzel_Gummidge

Advertisements

About museandchat

Busy woman, 45, feminist, married, one daughter, wannabe PhD, discovering new sides to myself all the time! Proud mum of a daughter with Dandy Walker Syndrome, community activist, passionate about history, love to read, write, cook, garden and craft.

Posted on February 11, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. mmm….the big turning point SHOULD have been VAT 11 and that was oh how many years ago now? so I wouldn’t be holding my breath on that one and as for blind faith, well it’s blind.

  2. ..changes in leadership in the CC…are they not similar to changes in leadership in the Government? same circus different clowns. Neither institutions will change until the system which they are operating changes, and it’s all about power which neither institution will relinquish easily. And it never escapes my notice that both are male dominated – if they are ever equally represented then I might think maybe, just maybe. As Mary Daly said hitting the nail on the head “If God is male then male is God” ( still sub-consciously educating us )
    Add Care, Justice and Gender: Gail Grossman- Freyne to that booklist.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

oftencalledcathy

My life and adventures with my severely disabled adult daughter

History Repeating

the UK Family History and Genealogy blog

Posse.

Words by Auckland based community activist, Chloe King. She isn't sorry about all the swears.

Joanne Begiato Muses on History

Talking through my research

medievalgill

a blog about medieval stuff with moderns bits thrown in for good measure

CUPID OR CATS

Almost an award winning blog

Fiona Dillon Writes

Living the good life at Hunters Lodge

Johnny Fallon

Irish Political Commentator

Irish Elections: Geography, Facts and Analyses

Elections in the Republic of Ireland (and occasionally other elections!) from a geographical perspective: maps, election boundaries, party vote patterns, turnout levels

Mama.ie

Adventures in Parenting

Bumbles of Rice

Family, Food and Travel Blog

Learner Mama

Because Mother Nature didn't leave a manual

The butchers Counter's Blog

The meandering thoughts of a craft butcher

Bealtaine Cottage ~ Home of Goddess Permaculture and Earth Healing

Colette O'Neill, Innovator of Goddess Permaculture ~Plantswoman ~ Teacher ~ Writer and Photographer

raisinghopespecialneedsparenting

The young single mum and the special child

Welcome to Cork Feminista

A feminist collective in the people's republic

%d bloggers like this: