Bells of more than 40 churches in Madrid ring in memory of victims of domestic violence as archdiocese clamours: “The Church has to be a safe space for all women”
“The real ‘clericalism and disrespect’ is in Pope Francis’ understanding of women”, Women’s Ordination Conference fires back at pontiff over remarks in new book
First-hand testimonies from 23 women from all walks of life show the spiritual abuse facilitated by “imbalances of power” often “grooming strategy” for sexual assaults
At the General Audience: The Church is not a “market”, a “new business”, a “political party” or a “human society”: “The Church is the work of the Holy Spirit”
Manos Unidas sounds alarm on “shadow pandemic” on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Holy See culture minister Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi denounces racial prejudice as “negation of relationship”, “social and spiritual denialism” of diversity
Clericalism, the concern to protect the institution at all costs and a “men’s alliance” mentality still exacerbating clergy sex abuse crisis, laments Bishop Georg Bätzing
Church ‘women’s revolt’ denounces “outdated”, “medieval” Catholic anthropology “disregards the richness of the magisterium of women”
Justification for women’s ordination “lies not in emancipation but in baptism”, argues expert John Wijngaards
“Power in the Church is in priestly hands, and we women have no right to it as long as we are denied the priesthood”, denounces academic Isabel Gómez Acebo
Doris Wagner Reisinger says simultaneous Catholic emphasis on conscience and obedience is a “strange logical contradiction” that fosters abuse
“All three of these evils are contrary to Catholic teaching… The US bishops ought to condemn the publication and advise the faithful that it is not recommended”
“The most important feminist texts are in the Bible”, but Church persists with sex “complementarity”, deplores Angelika Ritter-Grepl
Constance Vilanova pins blame for aggressions against female religious on “clericalism” which treats priests like “princes”
“Women will continue to be discriminated against” as long as “hierarchical, kyriarcal and priestly” Church persists, warns Colombian academic Isabel Corpas de Posada
“Where are the signs of openness, of the end of a clerical self-segregation?”, wonders the “All Women Apostles!” collective
“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
Instead of being “instrumentalised by male-centred Church”, religious sisters especially “should take on leading roles”: staff member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Fr. Michael Weninger
Urge “fundamental renewal of our Church” so that “women are taken seriously with their vocations and take on leadership responsibility”
New Archbishop of Zaragoza laments Church’s “clumsiness” in reforming itself: “The Church is like a Titanic and she needs time to make the reforms she has to make”
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”.
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.
“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’.
In a High-level meeting at the UN, the Holy See has decried the “dehumanisation, violence and brutality” suffered by women and girls worldwide.
A Spanish theologian has said that the marginalisation of women is an “enormous impoverishment” for the Church.