“If people of a different skin colour were treated so ignorantly and arrogantly, then this would be racism. If you treat the other person like that because she is a woman, then what are you: Catholic!”
Compulsory clerical celibacy “has done a great deal of harm”, laments Spanish-French cleric Christina Moreira
“Our position in society and the Church makes us observe things in a different way from men”, says Colombian feminist thinker Isabel Corpas de Posada
Renowned Scripture scholar John Wijngaards sets out the definitive case for female priests in a brilliant and accessible new book
After 18 years at the helm, Archbishop of Avignon trying to “save face” seven months out from likely retirement, laypeople denounce
Urge “fundamental renewal of our Church” so that “women are taken seriously with their vocations and take on leadership responsibility”
“If we rule out reform, we are no longer Church”, warns former abbot of Einsiedeln Martin Werlen
“We must promote the integration of women in the places in which important decisions are taken”, insists Francis at the Angelus
A German priest has gone viral with a sermon backing the ordination of women and the blessing of gay couples and blasting Catholic “bouncers”.
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”.
French laypeople have decried the “huge damage” being done by clericalism, and have demanded a say in a much-needed “rebirth of the Church”.
The struggle of women to occupy important positions in the Church took an important step forward this Friday when the last of seven women “apostles” who are asking for equal treatment in the Church in France was received by the apostolic nuncio in that country, Celestino Migliore.
A Spanish theologian has said that the marginalisation of women is an “enormous impoverishment” for the Church.
Young theologians are denouncing discrimination in the Church, asking “how could a loving God want that?”.
In 2012 Fr Tony Flannery was punished by the C.D.F. for publishing articles about the ordination of women, the priesthood and LGBTQ+ people. Since then he has been removed from public ministry.
A former Irish president has blasted the “self-serving… little old men” running the Church, warning them “people are walking away” from Catholicism “in droves”.
A leaked questionnaire on potential bishops has pointed up shortcomings in the Vatican appointments process.
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”.
500 Catholic women worldwide have clamoured in an online liturgy for women’s ordination, hearing a sermon that asked: “What have we done with the God of Mary’s Magnificat?”
As Catholics working together for a renewed Church, we stand proudly in solidarity with Irish Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery in the face of continued threats and bullying from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) over his support for women’s ordination and the full dignity of LGBT+ persons.
German Catholic women are protesting for equal rights in Church, insisting that “bringing the Word of God to the people is not a task reserved for men alone”.
The chairman of the German Bishops has said that the female diaconate is “very legitimate” and has warned that if women leave “the existence of the Church is in danger”.
The “most urgent” issue for the Church today “is to correct its gender imbalance”, an Irish nun has pleaded.
The head of the German Bishops’ Conference has clapped back at the cardinal of Cologne after he warned of the danger of schism emerging from the German Church’s ‘synodal path’ reform process.
Church reform groups have blasted the Vatican for bullying a “courageous” Irish priest in favour of women’s ordination and gay marriage, telling Roman authorities to “get a grip”.
“Everything rigid and immovable goes against the essence of the Church and the Spirit that guides it”, a German Church historian has declared.
The news being reported by the media these days about the violence and stupidities that have been committed in Spain in past years forces us to think (once again) about the danger that religion can be. A danger for peace, for politics, for society and for the coexistence of citizens, etc.
A nun has blasted clericalist priests, reminding them that “‘to be holy’ cannot mean uptight, superior, arrogant, contemptuous of women, hypocritical…”.
“When there are more women in positions of responsibility in the Church, there will be less abuse”, a would-be female archbishop has affirmed.
German women have decried the “arrogance and ignorance” of the system of “male dominance” in Catholicism, issuing a powerful plea for female-friendly change in the Church: “Instead of monarchy and hierarchy, democracy and empathy!”