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E53: A Case Against Female Priesthood ft. Catherine Renneberg
Why can’t women be priests? Will the Catholic Church, can the Catholic Church change its teaching on this topic? Join me for a discussion with Catherine Renneberg, a master’s student of theology at Newman Theological College, as she makes a case for why women will not and cannot be Catholic priests. Be sure to check out the first episode in this set of episodes, a discussion with Reverend Marie-Louise Ternier, an Anglican female priest who left the Catholic Church after 50 years over the issue of female priesthood.
E52: Why I Became A Female Priest ft. Former Catholic and Anglican Priest Marie-Louise Ternier
Can - and should - women be priests? What is the experience of a woman who has been ordained outside of the Catholic Church?
Reverend Marie-Louise Ternier - who, as a woman, is an ordained priest within the Anglican Church of Canada. Reverend Marie-Louise was born and raised Catholic but - through an extensive journey - left Catholicism and joined the Anglican Church of Canada in 2016, due to the Catholic teaching on female ordination. In this episode we have a dialogue between her perspective as a former Catholic and Anglican priest and my perspective as a Catholic woman who enthusiastically agrees with the Catholic teaching on female priesthood.
In November 2017, Reverend Marie-Louise was ordained as an Anglican priest at the age of 62. She currently lives in the rural Saskatchewan town of Humbodlt and serves as the priest and rector at All Saints Anglican Parish/Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, in Watrous, Saskatchewan.
This is a two-part series. Watch for Part II, a conversation in defense of the Catholic teaching on priesthood.
Note: I am a practicing Catholic and I agree with the Catholic teaching on why priesthood is a calling created solely for men and Reverend Marie-Louise is coming from a different theological perspective than myself. It is also worth mentioning that the basis of this podcast is dialogue - which is very much distinct from debate, so while we certainly go back and forth about our differing views and we do conversationally debate - I did not take a position of outright debating or arguing with Reverend Marie-Louise, although we still do nonetheless, disagree on several essential points, especially regarding the interpretation of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and how it may connect to the women being ordained as priests. The goal of this dialogue is to clearly hear someone’s story and to have clarity about what they believe and why they believe it and Reverend Marie-Louise is a gracious and open partner in this endeavor.
Reverend Marie-Louise’s personal blog, which includes a more in-depth narration of her story and theological perspective:
Pope John Paul II’s 1994 Letter Which States Why The Catholic Church Does Not Have the Authority To Ordain Women
E51: Christian Sex Education ft. Sisters Hannah Chartier and Jenny Connelly
What are the highs and lows of our sex education experience? How can parents talk about sex with their kids in a way that doesn’t lead to awkward, irreverent associations with sex?
Join my sister Hannah and I as we have an open discussion about her work in sex education, the harms of over-spiritualizing sex education between parents and kids, when and how it is helpful to bring theology into sex education, our own highs and lows of how we were educated on sex in our formative years.
We both grew up in a big, Catholic family of 8 kids and it was wonderful to compare with her our experience of sex education growing up, how it has impacted us as adults, and to share our musings on how parents could better talk about sex with their teenagers!
E50: Ottawa vs. Edmonton - Dialogue On The Trucker's Convoy ft. Rahil Khan
Was the Trucker's Convoy really about freedom? How does growing up in the Ottawa area impact your view of big government? What does it look like to host conversations between people who disagree on pandemic politics? Join myself and Rahil Khan, a longtime Ottawa resident and co-founder of the dialogue initiative Let's Talk Ottawa, as we talk about our differing views on the Convoy and practical approaches to hosting dialogue about issues that tend to tear people apart.
E49: Boundaries Between Adult Children And Parents ft. Tracy Connelly
How can adult children and parents have a relationship that honors one another? Join my Mom (Tracy Connelly) and me as we have a discussion about building our own relationship after some years of struggle, appropriate boundaries between adult children and parents, how your parent's marriage impacts you, how to avoid helicopter parenting, and the importance of laughter!
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E48: The Trucker's Convoy And Uniting Canada Again ft. A Conservative Perspective with Dale Aalbers
How do we rebuild Canadian unity after the confusion, division, and political upheaval that was underlined by the famous Trucker's Convoy? Join myself and conservative staffer Dale Aalbers for a discussion on what he saw in downtown Ottawa during the Convoy protests, the danger of getting caught in a conservative social "bubble," the importance of forgiveness in the political realm, and the divide between Western and Eastern Canada. This is Part 1 of a short series on different perspectives on the convoy.
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I have listened to every episode and I am better for it. Jenny is a well researched Host and Producer who is incredibly well spoken. She is non confrontational and calm, an asset in conversations based on conflicting matters. In my own personal life there have been divisive issues that caused fragmented relationships and through this podcast, I am happy to report they have been resolved. I always have to take a day or two after an episode is released to prepare my mind and heart to be open for the conversation as I don’t want to miss the opportunity to properly engage with the content. Thank you Jenny, keep up the great work!
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I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to Wide Open Spaces with Jenny! She touches on everything and anything that is important or controversial and does it with such tact, intelligence and charity. Thank you for this amazing work, Jenny! Keep ‘em coming!
I rarely ever get to hear people talk about controversial issues without fighting or yelling about their opinion. This is a needed change in how we talk about things!! Jenny is refreshing to listen to and picks very good, interesting topics!