WOW ASKS NEW LEADERSHIP TO END SIN OF SEXISM IN THE CHURCH - Feb. 14, 2013

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February 14, 2013

Contact: 

• Alicja Baranowska (Poland): kaplanstwokobiet@wp.eu

• Erin Saiz Hanna (USA): +001.401.588.0457; ehanna@womensordination.org

• Miriam Duignan (UK): +011.44.1923.779446; m_duignan@hotmail.com

• Therese Koturbash (Canada): + 001.204.622.7000; t.m.koturbash@gmail.com

Women's Ordination Worldwide (WOW) Urges New Pope to End Shameful Sin of Sexism in Church

Women's  Ordination  Worldwide  respects  the  courage  shown  by  Pope  Benedict  in honouring  his conscience as he steps down from the papacy on account of failing health. This cannot have been an easy decision. Looking back, Pope Benedict has consistently refused dialogue with the faithful who call for the inclusion of women in all realms of Church leadership. WOW prays that his successor is not chosen with  a  mandate  to  continue  this  negative  path  of  exclusion. The  shameful  culture  of silence surrounding  women's  leadership  only  highlights  the  Vatican's  persistent  failure  to uphold  the Church’s own teaching on the primacy of conscience. We hope that in his last acts of guidance, Pope Benedict will show courage in urging future leadership to end the sin of sexism and open the doors to equal partnership with women and dialogue. Love can conquer fear.

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Women's Ordination Worldwide (WOW):  Founded in 1996, WOW is an international network of groups whose current mission is the inclusion of Roman Catholic women in all ordained ministries. Founded on the principle of equality, WOW opposes all discrimination. 'There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus'. (Galatians 3:28)

WOW currently includes representatives from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, France, Germany Great Britain, Ireland, Malta, Poland, and the United States.