I visited the Women's Ordination Conference website to see how they were dealing with the election of Benedict XVI, and found some interesting things.
One was this picture of the Steering Committee from the Women's Ordination Worldwide 2003 conference:
Do you notice there are no young women in this photo? Ironic, when ameliorating the priest shortage is touted as a benefit of ordaining women.
It's further confirmation that the ranks of progressive Catholic activists is comprised of aging 1960s liberals -- and Benedict XVI's election is a big nail in the metaphorical of their movement, because time definitely ain't on their side.
I also found this prayer from WOC April 26 Action Alert, "WOC's Offering of Spiritual Nourishment," composed to help WOC members deal with their Benedictine heartburn:
Following the papal transition, WOC offers you this prayer written by Aisha Taylor, WOC's Program Director.
Abba Godde,* we come to You
With heavy hearts
But trusting in You.
In Ruah, your Holy Spirit
In Sophia, your divine wisdom
In love, your universal language.
Help us love unconditionally,
Each other in our times of need
And those we may consider our enemies.
Help us see each other as You do,
You long to reconcile us.
Breathe into us new life,
Lift us out of the depths of mourning
Calm the tumultuous sea of our thoughts and feelings
Quench our aching thirst and ravenous hunger for justice
Nourish us with your life-giving Eucharist.
Intensify our passion to take steps toward Your reign.
Empower us to be like seeds that fall on good soil,
Developing deep roots
Growing in faith
Reaping a full harvest of Your creation who live as one through Baptism in Christ
Learning from Mary Magdalene,
Who remained with Jesus as a leader in his ministry, at his crucifixion,
And at his tomb
Weeping, yet remaining.
Remaining long enough to see Jesus — RESURRECTED!
Help us and be with us as we remain,
In our weeping
In our despair
In our anger
That we may see the Risen Christ
The Resurrected Church!
Your church where all are welcome at the table and the altar,
More than welcome,
Nourished and encouraged.
Help us step back and take a long view
Of your creation,
Blessed be. Amen.
* Feminist spelling
It's like bad Beatnik poetry. My favorite part is the asterisk, letting you know that Godde has been substituted for Father. Is it any wonder this movement is sputtering?