In May 2019 Catholic women in Münster called a week of strikes and action and thousands followed their call. The starting point was the horror about sexualised violence and the cover-up of the same in the Roman Catholic Church.
The Catholic Women’s Council has launched a website to coordinate and help with their demand for equal rights and dignity for females in the Church.
The Catholic Women’s Council (CWC) is a global umbrella group of Roman Catholic networks working for the full recognition of the dignity and equality of women in the Church.
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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”.
“Please don’t pretend to be synodal if you are unprepared to actually listen”, Catholic women have told the Pope ahead of the publication this weekend of his new encyclical with the “sexist” title ‘Brothers all’.
German Catholic women have demanded that their bishops address the power imbalance in the Church, denouncing that in Catholicism “we women are still a long way from being where we belong”.
A nun has blasted clericalist priests, reminding them that “‘to be holy’ cannot mean uptight, superior, arrogant, contemptuous of women, hypocritical…”.
The motto is new and marks a turning point in the Catholic world: “12 women. 12 places. 12 sermons.” The Catholic Women’s Association of Germany (kfd) has proclaimed May 17th the nationwide Women Preachers’ Day.
Demands for women’s equality are growing louder in the German Church, with proponents planning the next stop in their campaign for gender justice in Catholicism: a “women’s synod” in Rome in 2021.
Women are shattering the stained glass ceiling in Germany, rising to management positions in three Catholic dioceses.
The Catholic Women’s Council invites all women to hang white scarves from their windows and balconies on Easter Sunday to carry the resurrection message out into the world.
The new German Bishops’ head has said he wants eventual permission from Rome to ordain women deacons.
Despite the Synod-phobia of traditionalists like Cardinals Müller and Woelki, the German Church’s reform process is giving confidence to laymen and especially laywomen, with the latest show being a women-only sermon day in Oldenburg for Church gender equality.
“No woman in the world wants to be oppressed. Every woman wants to be respected in her dignity”, a member of a Catholic women’s rights group has implored.