For Immediate Release:
Kate McElwee: (Italy) +39 393 692 2100 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Brown: (UK) +44 7950048628
Alicja Baranowska: (Belgium & Poland) +32 488 67 69 20 email@example.com
Colm Holmes: (Ireland) +353 86 606 3636 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pope Francis is reported (1 Nov 2016) on a flight from Sweden as saying that the ban on priestly ordination for women will continue forever. Women’s Ordination Worldwide (WOW) sees this as confirmation that Pope Francis has a blind spot as regards women. He prefers to place women high on a pedestal. Yet is was Mary the Mother of Christ who was the first to say: “This is my body, this is my blood.”
The oppression and poverty of women and girls around the world is reinforced when women and men are not seen as equally imaging God and this inequality in leadership, governance and ministry is reflected in our Church. It is long past due for the Church to rid itself of the sin of sexism and to welcome women as equal partners in all realms of ministry and leadership.
The community of faith recognises that women are called. Time for the church to do likewise.