Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-03-16
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett
2020-10-22

This article shared 2215 times since Thu Oct 22, 2020
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Women-Church Convergence, a coalition of Catholic-rooted organizations including DignityUSA, deplores the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. We have serious concerns about the judgment of any nominee who would collaborate in material ways in such a morally dubious enterprise. The current administration is obviously fulfilling a campaign promise to put justices on the Supreme Court who will overturn Roe v. Wade. To collaborate in such a public corruption of the judicial system is to create scandal.

Amy Coney Barrett is a moral agent capable and responsible for making her own choices. But even the appearance of willingness to sacrifice her own agency and integrity in service of a longstanding conservative, parochial, overweening agenda is deeply troubling to us. Loss of respect and reputation is a high price to pay to achieve a role for which she has been groomed from her student days by conservative Catholic colleagues. Scores of her University of Notre Dame colleagues have called her to step aside for the common good.

As Catholic feminists, we state the obvious when we say that Amy Coney Barrett does not represent us or legions of Catholic progressives and colleagues who find the agenda of the current administration morally repugnant. We are pro-choice and pro-family; pro-LGBTIQ rights and pro-marriage equality. We welcome immigrants. We believe that everything must be done to ensure all people have access to health coverage, regardless of income, employment status, or pre-existing conditions.

Systemic racism is not a matter of opinion nor is climate change simply the subject of debate. These are facts that ground critical analysis of the social issues about which judicial decisions are made. We expect competent judges to know as much and to keep learning from the growing global consensus about the existential threats we face.

Women-Church Convergence amplifies diverse feminist faith-filled voices for social and ecclesial equality. In this election season, we raise our voices to call a halt to this pernicious process and advocate for a restoration of fair and honorable bipartisan collaboration in the construction of our Supreme Court. Public acceptance of its decisions is dependent on a scrupulously fair, impartial, and transparent appointment process. This is anything but.

We cry foul here not simply because we disagree with Amy Coney Barrett on many substantive issues to which she has the right to her opinion. We cry foul because the process diminishes and demeans all involved, beginning with our democratic institutions.

We urge the Senate to stop the process before it further erodes our democracy. We suggest that Judge Barrett signal her unwillingness to participate in such a charade. After the November 2020 elections, the duly elected chief executive can resubmit her name or begin again with another candidate. A clean process is in everyone's best interests.

The current nomination is tainted by a flawed process that will forever affix an asterisk to any justice nominated under such circumstances: an election already underway, a rush to vote with clear implications for expected post-election cases, and a complete reversal of lawmakers' public statements about when it is appropriate to consider such nominations. As progressive Catholics and colleagues, we distance ourselves from the whole sorry spectacle.

SIGNATURES:

DignityUSA

RCWP-USA

Southeastern PA Women's Ordination Conference ( SEPAWOC )

Greater Cincinnati Women-Church

Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual ( WATER )

Sisters Against Sexism ( SAS )

Catholics for Choice Canada

Chicago Women-Church

A Critical Mass: Women Celebrating Eucharist

Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests

Catholics for Choice

Pilgrim Place Women-Church

Sisters of Charity Peace Justice

Women's Ordination Conference

Mary's Pence

Women-Church of the Wabash Valley


This article shared 2215 times since Thu Oct 22, 2020
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Church of Scotland votes to allow same-sex marriages
2022-05-28
The Church of Scotland has voted to allow same-sex marriages after recent warnings that its historical opposition had increased the church's decline toward irrelevance, The Guardian reported. The church's general assembly voted 274-136 to allow it ...


Gay News

VIEWS Another 'Handmaid's Tale,' or sex and the supreme Catholics
2022-05-24
Amy Vivian Coney Barrett was confirmed as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by the U.S. Senate on Oct. 26, 2020. Barrett is only the fifth woman ever to serve on the Court. She is also the sixth Catholic ...


Gay News

Report: Southern Baptist Convention leaders mishandled allegations of sexual abuse
2022-05-23
A bombshell report stated that leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) mishandled allegations of sexual abuse, intimidated victims and their advocates, and resisted attempts at reform over the course ...


Gay News

'LGBTQ Rights on the Line: The Role of Communicators Advocating for Equality' event preview
2022-05-22
-- From a press release - Celebrating, honoring and acknowledging Pride Month is more important this year than ever (and it should be celebrated all year, not just during one month). The expected Supreme Court ruling that will undermine the right to ...


Gay News

NATIONAL New York synod, Danica Roem, legal action, Pride news, PFLAG
2022-05-15
The Metropolitan New York Synod (MNYS), the regional body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, announced Christopher Vergara as its newly elected vice president, according to a press release. Vergara is the first openly gay ...


Gay News

LGBTQ Religious Archives Network holds 'AIDS, Activism and American Christianity' webinar
2022-05-12
LGBTQ Religious Archives Network (LGBTQ-RAN) held an "AIDS, Activism and American Christianity: A Conversation" virtual webinar on May 5. The event focused on Christian activism during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s and ...


Gay News

VIEWS Dignity/Chicago celebrates 50 years of ministry
2022-05-06
It was 1972 and it was dangerous to be gay or lesbian. One could be arrested, publicly humiliated or fired from one's job. Even finding safety in the emerging bar scene was hazardous. Added to that ...


Gay News

LGBTQ Catholic resource Outreach launches
2022-05-02
Outreach—a new website designed to help LGBTQ Catholics, their families and friends, and those who minister to them in the church—has launched. Outreach will publish news stories and essays from around the world; offer a resource ...


Gay News

United Methodist Church splitting over LGBTQ acceptance
2022-05-02
Theologically conservative Methodists have broken away from the United Methodist Church (UMC) over LGBTQ acceptance. According to a king5.com item, the breakaway denomination, called the Global Methodist Church, formed because ...


Gay News

Chicago Archdiocese settles with sex-abuse accusers
2022-04-27
A settlement has been reached between the Archdiocese of Chicago and five people who accused five separate priests of sexual abuse—including a high-profile priest who passed away in 2019, ABC ...


Gay News

VIEWS Biden, Democrats must end Title 42 now
2022-04-26
The Biden Administration should honor its commitment to immediately end Title 42 restrictions which were imposed by former President Donald Trump, to deny asylum seekers their basic, protected rights. It would be a mistake for Democrats ...


Gay News

VIEWS The closing of civil society: Russia and the U.S., or fear the queer!
2022-04-23
Putin's invasion of Ukraine has made manifest the fragility of civil society in Russia and the strength of civil society in Ukraine. It has also once again focused an intense spotlight on our own civil society. ...


Gay News

WORLD Conference canceled, Catholic event, India bills, Gertrude Stein
2022-04-10
The United Kingdom canceled its first-ever international LGBTQ+ conference after a boycott by more than 100 organizations, the BBC reported. "Safe To Be Me" was scheduled to take place in London in June to promote LGBTQ+ ...


Gay News

LETTERS A difference in opinion about Vatican document
2022-04-07
I am responding to DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burks, who issued a press release that Windy City Times published. A newly released document from the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education could trigger a new wave of ...


Gay News

VIEWPOINT Mixed reactions to Will Smith's slap
2022-04-05
By now, everyone has seen or heard about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars for making a tasteless and misogynistic joke about his wife's short hair resembling Demi Moore's buzzcut in the 1997 movie ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.