FYI .... starting to look for people willing to write short articles
about the impacts of religious patriarchies on human solidarity,
ecological sustainability, social justice, etc, as well as critical
reviews of this work.
The June 2006 issue of "Solidarity & Sustainability" has been posted:
Solidarity & Sustainability ~ Volume 2, Number 6, June 2006
This is the third issue in the series, "Mimetic Violence in Patriarchal
Religions." René Girard's mimetic theory is applied to a relatively
recent episode in the Roman Catholic Church. Specifically, this case
example pertains to the male-only priesthood, and the manner in which
the discernment process on the ordination of women was "terminated" (at
least temporarily) by the Vatican. The analysis includes the five
Girardian phases: mimetic desire, mimetic rivalry, skandalon,
scapegoating, and sacred violence.
There is no implication of intentional wrongdoing by anyone at the
Vatican or elsewhere. However, a radical renunciation of violence is
postulated as indispensable to make progress toward human solidarity and
environmental sustainability. Religious institutions must show the way
by renouncing the triple patriarchal addiction to wealth accumulation,
absolute power, and worldly honors; thereby renouncing violence. If
religious institutions really want to be instruments of peace, they
better practice non-violence in their own internal affairs.
Any feedback is gratefully received.
Luis T. Gutierrez, Ph.D., P.E.
Editor, Solidarity & Sustainability Research Newsletter
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P.S. The July 2006 issue is in preparation. Please forward this notice
to people who might be interested on the impact of patriarchal religions
to global issues of solidarity, sustainability, and gender equity.