Tina Beattie and Catherine Cavanagh are both members of Catholic Women Speak, an international organization that works towards empowering Catholic women. These women are creating a space for open dialogue, theological exploration and collaboration among Catholic women in the worldwide Church. They seek to bring Catholic women’s voices into dialogue with others in the Catholic Church, with those in other churches and religious traditions, and with wider society, in order to participate in a deeper, richer understanding of the Catholic tradition and its relevance for our times.
Catholic Women Speak do not speak with one voice. They find great creativity by acknowledging and allowing our differences. They regard these as creative aspects of the process of learning and growing towards one another in faith.
Tina and Cathy have each written a chapter in Catholic Women Speak : Bringing our Gifts to the Table.
Massimo Faggioli writing in Commonweal stated:
And the forum known as Catholic Women Speak Network has produced a rich book (with articles by Tina Beattie, Elizabeth Johnson, Lisa Cahill, and Margaret Farley, among others) that will be presented publicly in Rome a few days before the synod.
Vatican Radio: Interview with Tina Beattie, ‘Catholic Women Speak: stories of everyday family life’
We are privileged to have Tina and Cathy with us at Forum.
Teresa Forcades OSB, Spanish Benedictine nun, theologian, physician and political activist, is one of Europe’s radical thinkers. Marrying her Catholic faith with a passion for social justice, she came to prominence for her eloquent condemnation of the abuses of some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. She has gone on to found a leading Catalonian anti-capitalist independence movement and is one of the leading voices in the world today against the injustices of capitalism and the patriarchy of modern society and her own church.
At Forum over her six sessions on Faith and Freedom Teresa will weave together her personal experiences with a reflection on morality, religion and politics to give a trenchant account how the Christian Faith can be a dynamic force for radical change. Placing herself in a powerful tradition of Catholic social doctrine and liberation theology, she applies her perspective to the issues most precious to her : freedom and love, social justice and political engagement, public health, feminism, faith and forgiveness.
Structured around the five canonical hours that give its peculiar rhythm to her monastic day at the Monastery of St. Benet de Montserrat in Spain Forum will offer a thoughtful and bold polemic against the exploitation and injustice of the status quo. Its call for liberty, love and justice will resonate with anyone disaffected with a savage and destructive political and economic system that marginalizes and murders the poor and undermines the very fabric of social life.