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During the Call To Action conference in Memphis, Tennessee, a group of young Catholic feminists decided to shake it off. Check out the video below, brought to you by the young adults of CTA, WOC, Guerrilla Communion and other progressive Catholic groups and gatherings, for some inspiration to shake it off.

Late at night in Memphis, a scheme was born: a song-and-dance flash mob, inspired by Taylor Swift’s song, “Shake it Off,” (and I think here we have to say the Holy Spirit). The song was joyfully debuted after an inclusive Catholic liturgy to the hundreds of Catholics gathered for the weekend.

We are excited to have found a video of the momentous event which we share with you for those moments when you are in need of a little feminist pick me up! Please enjoy and share this video, captured just on a mobile phone, featuring feminists from various Progressive Catholic organizations. Full lyrics are below so you can sing along what we already know: “If the church is gonna grow, then misogyny must go!”  Here’s to the cross pollination of the movement and to the energy and resilience of Catholic feminists everywhere!

 

Lyrics:

I go to Mass each day,

I sure know how to pray,

But God has more to say, oooh oooh

God has more to say, oooh oooh.

 

I’m tryin to create,

But I don’t wanna wait.

What would Jesus say?  oooh oooh

Yeah what would Jesus say?  oooh oooh

 

Spirit won’t stop movin’

Can’t stop, won’t stop groovin’

It’s like I got this calling

In my mind sayin it’s gonna be alright.

 

Cause the bishops gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate

And the pope will excommunicate, ate ate

I’m just gonna shake shake shake shake

Shake it off, shake it off

Shake it off, shake it off

 

Nuns never miss a beat,

But always take the heat.

Pope Francis just don’t see, oooh oooh

Hey, Francis don’t you see?  oooh oooh

 

If Church is gonna grow,

Misogyny must go,

That’s what they don’t know, oooh oooh

Yeah that’s what they don’t know, oooh oooh

 

Spirit won’t stop movin’

Can’t stop, won’t stop groovin’

It’s like I got this calling

In my mind sayin it’s gonna be alright.

 

Cause the bishops gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate

And the pope will excommunicate, ate ate

I’m just gonna shake shake shake shake

Shake it off, shake it off

Shake it off, shake it off

 

Cause the bishops gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate

And the pope will excommunicate, ate ate

I’m just gonna shake shake shake shake

Shake it off, shake it off

Shake it off, shake it off

* This post is was co-written by Ellen Euclide of CTA and Kate McElwee of WOC, and cross-posted on the Call To Action 20/30 blog