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Pope Francis Just Changed Church Law On Forgiving Abortion. Here's How 9 Women Reacted.
Catholic women reflect on what the pope's focus on mercy means to them.
Christopher Hale: Mansplaining Catholicism
Catholic feminist, journalist, former public interest lobbyist
The mainstream media appears to have a love affair with Hale, a twenty-something Catholic man who has decided that he speaks not only for all Catholic millennials, but for all Catholics.
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Catholic Women React to Pope Francis's Latest Initiative For Women
What would it mean for Catholic women to be able to serve at the altar as deacons? Here's what these women had to say.
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Pope Francis To Consider Increased Role For Women In The Church
By Crispian Balmer, Reuters
Some Catholics argue that there is a precedent for women to become deacons in the church.
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Catholic Women Hope Their Voices Will Be Heard During Vatican's Synod On The Family
By Rosie Scammell, Religion News Service
Only bishops can vote at a synod, but about 30 women have been invited to the meeting as auditors.
An Open Letter to Pope Francis
Professor; feminist; theologian; writer; activist
You have called for a year of mercy, a time where all should be absolved of their sins if they confess. With the utmost respect, I wonder, will this be a time when the Vatican confesses its sins against women?
Francis Fails on One Huge Issue
magazine; national gender pay equity ...
We'll be inundated Pope, Pope, and more Pope 24-7 this week, as the pontiff makes his rounds in the nation's capital. Francis plans a White House visit, an outdoor mass in Washington, and a speech before Congress. He's also likely to join a rally on the National Mall.
Kerry Robinson: The Church Deserves Women in Leadership
The question of women's leadership has long been a contentious issue in the Catholic Church. While Francis has changed the tone of the Church through his messages and actions, when it comes to women, many people agree: Pope Francis isn't perfect.
The Vatican Has An Abysmal Track Record Of Hiring Women
Pope Francis Criticized For Church's Stance On Women
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San Francisco Priest Sparks Controversy By Barring Altar Girls
3 Ways Pope Francis Has Let Women Down
Patricia Miller is the author of Good Catholics: The Battle Ov...
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.
'Tenacious Women' Event Shares Brave Stories Of Faith
From Kissing Elvis To Joining The Convent
Some Tips For Journalists Covering The Catholic Church (Hint: It's Complicated)
Julie Leininger Pycior
Professor of History, Manhattan College
"The Catholic Church: What Everyone Needs to Know" makes clear that this institution is less monolithic than it seems; no wonder the book's mantra is: "It's complicated."
Reach Out To Estranged Children On Mother's Day
Sister Mary Ann Walsh
Director of Media Relations, United States Conference of Catho...
We all know the commandment, "Honor thy father and mother." We've also been schooled to respect our elders. But we also know reality. Older people may have less energy than the young, but they have more resources, such as life experience.
Pope Francis And The Ongoing Reform Of The Leadership Conference Of Women Religious
Rev. James Martin, S.J.
Author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
Pope Francis is brand new to his job, and it would have been odd for him, as some may have expected, to essentially undo a process that has been in the works for several years.
A Female Dalai Lama?
Author of Bouncing Forward and Dakini Power
The papacy won't be a mamacy any time soon, but at least we know that Her Holiness is an option.
Pink Smoke And Protestant Popes
Carolyn Custis James
Author, 'Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Chang...
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.
Article Of Faith
Blogger-in-chief, The Wise Latina Club; Co-founder Latinas for...
As godmother, I am entrusted with raising my goddaughters in the Catholic Faith should anything happen to their parents. My anxiety about the authenticity of my faith, always lying latent, punched through.
The Catholic Church’s Defense Of Women At The U.N.
Meg T. McDonnell
Communication Director, Chiaroscuro Foundation
Eyes are on Rome as the Catholic Church chooses its next pope. But there's some pretty fascinating "Catholic" stuff going down in New York right now at the United Nations, which is holding its 57th annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
Breaking The Catholic Silence
Catholics are taught not to question Church authority, but how can a Catholic stay silent when its leadership advocates policy that counters basic human rights?
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