“Where are the signs of openness, of the end of a clerical self-segregation?”, wonders the “All Women Apostles!” collective
After individual meetings over the past month with the Pope’s nuncio in Paris, Frenchwomen aiming to shatter the stained-glass ceiling and access traditionally male-only Catholic roles have shared their dream of an “egalitarian Church truly inspired by the message of Christ”.
“When there are more women in positions of responsibility in the Church, there will be less abuse”, a would-be female archbishop has affirmed.
A theologian has warned that Catholic women have had enough of being “silenced, subordinated and excluded from decision-making”.
Support for a female candidate for archbishop in France has arrived from the other side of the world, with a group of Catholics in New Zealand saying she has the “knowledge and experience” to take on the role.
The notes of the Hallelujah of July 22nd, which I sang from the second pew of the Madeleine church in the heart of my hometown, Paris, are still echoing in my ears, and the media rabble won’t cover them over. It is a resounding and endless Hallelujah, with a life of its own, which belongs to another dimension.
The nuncio in France is to meet with women ‘apostles’ seeking their place in the Church hierarchy as one of their number, a would-be female bishop, received a death threat.
7 women ‘apostles’ have claimed their place in the male-only Catholic hierarchy, insisting that “the Church is experiencing a deep crisis, and we need to open up its doors”.
7 women “apostles” are applying for male-only ministries in the Church with the aim of challenging the “immense injustice” of Catholic sexism.
A French archbishop has welcomed a woman’s bid for the episcopacy and warned it “would be grave not to engage seriously” with the issues that it raises.
A Spanish female theologian is backing a woman candidate for the position of Archbishop of Lyon, saying that her self-nomination is “a prophetic sign”.
French Catholic women are pushing their bishops for a German-style ‘synodal path’ in which “to envision the Church of tomorrow”, saying that “the future of Catholicism depends on synod-like dialogue between clergy and laity”.
A Belgian Jesuit is calling for women deacons and cardinals, saying that “it is vital that the world not always be seen through male eyes”.
More than 4,500 people have signed in support of a female theologian’s bid to be the next Archbishop of Lyon.
“The situation of women in the Church is scandalous”, a female candidate to be the next Archbishop of Lyon has deplored.
To put a stop to clericalism and abuse in the Church, a female theologian has put her hand up to be the next Archbishop of Lyon.
French women are denouncing their exclusion from serving in some places as lay Eucharistic ministers, saying “it calls into question the equal dignity of the baptised”.