One of the nation’s foremost champions for the cause of female deacons considers the Vatican’s new apostolic constitution — which in part opens top Vatican leadership roles to any baptized layperson, including women — an important step for Pope Francis’s vision, but not necessarily one that affects the future of women in the diaconate.
Women’s History Month is one of those “teachable moments” that encourages Americans to become more familiar with the past.
When Pope Francis appointed Sister Nathalie Becquart under-secretary of the Synod of Bishops, the move was hailed as a leap forward for females in the Catholic Church. In the Diocese of Brooklyn, women in top jobs are nothing new.
Sister Mina Kwon, a South Korean nun taking part in this month’s summit of bishops in Rome, has said that as the Church ponders how to better include women in decision-making roles, clericalism must be exposed as an underlying reason they’re not often seen in leadership.
Several women participating in the Synod of Bishops on the family said they are encouraged that their views are not only respected but included.
By Cindy Wooden ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM PHILADELPHIA (CNS) – As the American Airlines plane taking him to Rome from Philadelphia took off, Pope Francis said he pictured the faces of all the people he met, and he prayed for them. At the end of his first-ever visit to the United States, the pope […]
Dear Editor: On Wednesday, April 29, Pope Francis addressed the problem of “Pay Equality” for women. While I applaud the pope for speaking out on this important issue, closer to home, Francis can lend a hand to end discrimination by having an open dialogue to empower women in the Catholic Church. According to all four […]
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Patty Johnson, immediate past president of the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW), received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For Church and Pope) Medal from Pope Francis.
The “radical equality” of spouses in Christian marriage must now bear “new fruit” in society, including “the right to equal pay for equal work,” said Pope Francis.
The agreement ended a seven-year process of investigating the group and engaging in dialogue with its officers to ensure greater harmony with Church teaching.