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The Pain of Exclusion
My World on April 25, 2005

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The Fear of Exclusion
Hiding to Avoid Entering Hostile Context

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University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: April 25, 2005
Latest Update: April 25, 2005

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I didn't want to write about these issues of exclusion because I had convinced myself I didn't really feel them. Wrong. The electin of Pope Benedict XVI scared me. He speaks of other religions as deficient. And he demotes those priests who, having studied and ministered in Other Cultures, have said that there are many paths to God, including other religions. He stresses obedience of the Church that Was, and that reminds of Islam's looking back to days of yore when things were as they ought to be. Except that Christianity in Europe was never as it ought to be. Else how could the pogroms have preceded Cristal Nacht? How can I explain Bronfenbrenner?

It's hard work being a Christian. You have to want it badly. And it's hard work being a Jew, or a Muslim, or a woman, or a Zen Buddhist, or a poor person. Being is hard, folks, at least "being" in a way to look back at the end of your life and recognize that you have lived that life well.

Pope Benedict XVI wants orthodoxy, at least in theology. That's hard for someone who counts priests and nuns in her heritage and who ended up in rabbinical studies. I find the demand for orthodoxy and the arrogance of "knowing" that he's right a terrible sin before all the religious values I have studied and practice which teach, above all, humility and love.

My goodness, he's adamantly opposed to the ordination of women; all those cardinals were male! And this, right after I wrote of the role of women in Islam. What now, shall be the role of women in Christianity? Women are often those who give themselves to the struggle for social justice. Shall we not be included in making decisions as we give our lives for the end we seek? (Marla in Iraq this week.) And those who struggle for social justice are those who spread liberation theology throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Pope Benedict XVI suppressed liberation theology in the name of it's being tainted by Marxism and communism. Excuse, Pope Benedict XVI, did you miss the rape of Latin America by the Catholics who colonized it? Did you miss the rape of Latin America by corporate America who exploited it in cooperation with those of the old colonization who managed to retain power over the indigenous peoples? Colonization wasn't political?

Yikes, I have a lot more to say, but it's late, and I'll start in again tomorrow. jeanne

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