What Color is Vatican Smoke?

March 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Yesterday the eyes of the world were fixed on a chimney over the Sistine Chapel, eager to see the color of the smoke that would pour out. And at 6:45 PM, the smoke that they saw was black, indicating that the current conclave of cardinals had failed to elect a new pope. (As of Wednesday morning, a decision has yet to be made.)

From a balcony across the square, however, smoke of a different color rose—pink smoke—generated by women priests and ordination activists. Their action, announcing that women deserve to be recognized as Catholic priests—and eventually as cardinals and popes—replicated “pink smoke” demonstrations held in front of US cathedrals during the 2005 conclave that elected Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI.

And even as these two clashing shades of smoke were rising over the Vatican, reform Catholics in various parts of the U.S. were coming together to view Pink Smoke Over the Vatican, a documentary film about the movement for Catholic women’s ordination, and, in particular, about Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP), a group that began with the 2002 ordination of seven women on the Danube River and has expanded to include several hundred women priests and bishops and the communities they lead.

(Read the rest of this article on Religion Dispatches)


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  1. I love that the Women’s Ord Conf did this! I love it. They are very creative.

    Jeanette Stokes Durham, NC stokesnet@aol.com Blog: http://stokesnet.wordpress.com

    REPEAL Amendment One


  2. It always seemed to me that women often prevailed simply by ignoring men and the stupidity of their positions, allowing time to make evident what men desperately cling to out of fear and a lack of any sense of the feminine in themselves.  Seriously, the children of these times will render these old men and ideas VERY irrelavant over the next few decades……Pat


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