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Lydia O'Connor

Altar Server Scandal Is Reminder Of How Far The Catholic Church Has To Go With Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion

While Pope Francis has been widely hailed as a champion of social progress, when it comes to elevating women’s roles, critics say the Catholic Churc...

Women Pastors In Prominent Churches Reveal Cracks In Stained-Glass Ceiling

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Chicago. New York. Washington, D.C. In quick succession this year, three women have been chosen to lead historic tall-steeple churches in all th...

Remembering The 'Philadelphia 11'

Religion News Service | Heather Adams | Posted 07.26.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) On July 29, 1974, in Philadelphia, 11 women broke rank and were ordained as the first female priests in the Episcopal Church. They be...

LOOK: Here's What Happened When A Catholic Cardinal Asked A Female Pastor To Anoint Him

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

At a time when there is much discussion about the role of women in the Christian Church, one cardinal demonstrated the power of respect caught in a mo...

Not Anywhere Close to Person of the Year: Why Time Magazine Is Wrong About Pope Francis

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Even if true, and the Pope were actually trying to make significant change, you don't get an "E" for effort in real life. Time's award is meant to note significant impact, not good intent. But worse, the Pope has not actually shown good intent, only good media skill.

Will Pope Francis Appoint Female Cardinals?

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 10.18.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis has said repeatedly that he wants to see greater roles for women in the Catholic Church, and some argue that he could take a giant step i...

Gasp! Virginia Women Ordained As Catholic Priests

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 06.25.2013 | DC

When your religion says you cannot do something because of your gender, do it anyway. At least that is what five Catholic women in Falls Church, Va...

Pink Smoke And Protestant Popes

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

The key to achieving the reform so desperately needed by both Catholic and Protestant churches was right under Pope Francis' nose the moment he stepped out on the Vatican balcony. Clues can be found in a cloud of pink smoke and in the legacy of his patron saint, Francis of Assisi.

Excommunicated Female Priest Detained For Vatican Protest

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion

Excommunicated female priest Janice Sevre-Duszynska was reportedly detained by Italian police on Thursday for protesting at the Vatican. Sevre-Dus...

A Male View Of The Female Side Of God

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

When editor Gloria Steinem invited a male to write a cover story for Ms. magazine, I was him.

Jaweed Kaleem

Prominent Catholic Newspaper Calls For Vatican To Approve Women Priests

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion

In an editorial published Monday morning, a prominent Catholic newspaper endorsed the controversial movement to ordain women priests. Calling the p...

Catholics And Mormons: A New Sisterhood In The Struggle For Women's Ordination

Karen Torjesen | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Karen Torjesen

They had never met each other and had little idea beyond fragments of stereotypes of each other's faith. But a panel, "Catholic/Mormon Dialogue on Women's Ordination," brought them together.

So Jesus WAS Married -- Oy Vey!

Jan Phillips | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Jan Phillips

How timely, that it coincides with an era in which women are being ordained right and left, despite what the Catholic Church says about not ordaining women. Their reason was always because Jesus had no female disciples -- but this blows that idea out of the water.

Who's Afraid Of Female Priests?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 06.09.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Christian baptism means complete, not partial, church membership. Any kind of churchly caste system is on the shakiest theological grounds. A baptized Christian is equal to any other baptized Christian as a member of the Body of Christ.

Female Jet Pilot? Sure. Preacher? No.

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 10.12.2011 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

I remember telling a vacation bible school teacher that "I was trying to decide between being a minister or a jet pilot." She smiled and said, "Well, girls can be jet pilots, but God only calls men to preach."

Archbishop Dolan Has 'No Comment' On NYC Visit Of Excommunicated Priest

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Angela Bonavoglia

Since Father Roy will be in Archbishop Timothy Dolan's own backyard, I thought a comment was in order.

Vatican Puts Ordaining Women Priests On Par With Pedophilia

aolnews.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The Catholic Church on Thursday revised its in-house rules on sex abuse cases, extending the statute of limitations for such crimes from 10 to 20 year...

Interview With Toni Tortorilla, Female Catholic Priest

Religion News Service | By Nancy Haught | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) It's been three years since Toni Tortorilla was ordained in the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement, and the Vatican's recent de...

Female Priests: As Sinful as Pedophiles?

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

More than half of the Catholics in the world want to see female priests ordained. An overwhelming majority of us wish to see the male bishops who facilitated hundreds of rapes of children held accountable.

Sex and the City of God, Part 1: The Catholic Church's Treatment of Women

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The pimping of children and the readiness to sacrifice them on the altar of Vatican public relations, the fear and distrust of women, and the compulsory celibacy for priests -- are all interrelated.

Protesters Campaign For Women's Ordination At Vatican

Religion News Service | By Luigi Sandri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Luigi Sandri Religion News Service ROME (RNS/ENInews) A group of women demonstrated in Rome's St Peter's Square on Tuesday (June 8), saying they w...

Uppity Women And The Church

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

Why do women persist in the religious life, or as members of congregations, when the church is so often a test of our resilience, or when our opinions are seen as defiance?