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Women Priests Are a No-Brainer: Banning Them is Just Dumb

Celia Wexler | Posted 11.07.2016 | Religion
Celia Wexler

I never thought that the fight for women priests in the Catholic Church was my fight. I never wanted to become a priest, so it seemed a bit remote to ...

Pope Francis: Female Catholic Priests Are Never Happening

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.03.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis said on Tuesday he believes the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on women becoming priests is forever and will never be changed, in some of ...

Why Catholic Women Priests?

Carole Ganim | Posted 11.09.2016 | Religion
Carole Ganim

When Anglican/Episcopalian women became priests in the 1970s amid much wailing and gnashing of teeth, I was happy for them and proud of them. They took on the system and they prevailed. It wasn't easy, but they knew they had a fighting chance.

How Some Male Adventist Pastors Are Standing With Unordained Women

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.15.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Some male pastors of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have changed their credentials in an act of solidarity with women who are not allowed to b...

Protesting Women Priests Call On Pope Francis To End 'Thousands Of Years Of Misogyny'

The Huffington Post | Ruby Mellen | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON -- Seven people who say they are ordained Catholic priests protested the church ban on women in the priesthood Wednesday outside St. Matthe...

A Pope Without a Doctrine and the Media That Helps Make It Up

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Brenkert

Pope Francis needs to do more than simply author apostolic exhortations and encyclicals, or replace Western Cardinals and Bishops with non-Western Cardinals and Bishops. Now the laity who are energized by Pope Francis' reform need him to use his pen.

How One Indian Housewife Switched Gears To Become A Hindu Priest

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion

Megha Gokhale has been many things in her life: A graduate student, an accountant, a wife, a mother. In 1992 her life took yet another turn when she b...

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...

Whatever Happened to Inclusive Language?

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

Inclusive and expansive language means I get to hear the poetry of today and yesterday and my capacity to imagine God at work in the world expands. I wish the new generations of clergy in The Episcopal Church would take a page from the mother church I witnessed this week.

40 Years Ago, Women!

Pierre Whalon | Posted 09.27.2014 | Religion
Pierre Whalon

On July 29, 1974, at the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, three retired bishops ordained eleven women to the priesthood.

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...

3 Ways Pope Francis Has Let Women Down

Patricia Miller | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Patricia Miller

The election of Pope Francis and early indications that he wasn't a business-as-usual pontiff was greeted with great hope that he signaled if not a revolution, at least a major leap forward for the church. One group of Catholics seems conspicuously absent from the pope's reform agenda: women.

Excommunication 101: Mormon Church Edition

Salt Lake Tribune Byline | Lee Davidson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Two high-profile Mormons, John Dehlin, the founder of Mormon Stories, and Kate Kelly, the founder of Ordain Women, are facing disciplinary heari...

Woman To Be Ordained Despite Excommunication Threat

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.31.2014 | Religion

A 75-year-old woman who plans to be ordained knows it will result in her excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church, but says ministry is her call...

Women as Change Agents in the Ongoing Life of the Church

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 07.20.2014 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

A former Roman Catholic nun, a friend of mine, is now an Episcopal priest in Los Angeles. Anne Tumilty is rector of St. James' Church, South Pasadena. Years ago we interacted without quite realizing it.

Advice from Mom: It's Never Too Late... Until It Is

Mary Novaria | Posted 07.07.2014 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

My bliss is different from my mom's. I don't have a bucket list and I don't have a manic need to rush out and make grand plans. What does feel compelling and urgent is that I embrace what is, that I don't worry so much, that I stay present and grateful.

LOOK: Church Of England Celebrates Twenty Years Of Women Priests

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion

The Church of England celebrated its 20th anniversary of the ordination of women priests on May 3, 2014, with a joyful procession from Westminster Abb...

Vice President in Charge of Revolution

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

For decades I've been moved -- in deep, deep ways -- by things this book is clearly trying to tell me about who we are and how we got that way.

Proud to Be a Cafeteria Catholic

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

I know, I know. Shame on me for ordering my doctrine off the a la carte menu when the prix fixe would buy me so much more salvation, right? If only my...

Will the Catholic Church Save Itself From Itself?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Young people at Eastside Catholic High School, a private school in a suburb of Seattle, Washington have taken this Pope's words as infallible, but, unfortunately, the administration under the archdiocese of their school must not have received the memo.

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...

Liberal Catholics Press Pope Francis

Reuters | Tom Heneghan | Posted 09.26.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - Liberal Catholics have asked to meet Pope Francis to add their views to talks next week on changes in the Church, hoping the conciliatory ...

100 Year Old Nun Is Still Fighting For Women To Be Priests

Posted 08.28.2013 | Religion

Today is Sister Vivian Ivantic's 100th birthday. She's spent 90 of those years hoping to one day become a priest, and she still holds firm to that con...

Pope Francis on Women Priests: Who Am I to Judge?

Charles Clymer | Posted 09.29.2013 | Comedy
Charles Clymer

The primary message, regardless of phrasing, seems to be that although all genders are equal in the eyes of God, cisgender men are simply more equal than the rest.

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...