Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Letters to the Editor

(From the Dec. 16, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

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    Emulating priestsí leadership


    Three years ago, I returned to the Catholic Church after several decades away. Being back in church has been a most interesting journey.

    I would like to talk with other laywomen interested in finding a voice for laywomen within the Church. The Catholic Church is the most successful institution in history, and women could learn a great deal by emulating the leadership principles of priests. Two of those principles are confidentiality about what is said in confession, and spiritual direction that fosters mature thinking and behavior.

    The discussion about finding a voice for laywomen needs to start with the subject of gossip. I see gossip as being very similar to stalking. Both gossip and stalking seek to impose a controlling relationship on someone who probably wants no relationship at all with a gossip or a stalker. If women can find a way to talk about and deal with the crippling effects of gossip, women will be able find their voice in the Church.

    Anyone interested in participating in this discussion may contact me at Please include either your zip code or parish name because I would like this discussion to eventually be live as well as online. Thank you.

    Lisa M. Weber, Spokane


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