We Are Church International responds to Pope Francis on Women’s Ordination

We Are Church International responds to Pope Francis on Women’s Ordination

Posted by Colm, With 1 Comments, Category: Church News, Church Reform, IMWAC, Latest News, Pope Francis, Women in the Church, Women's Ordination,

Contacts: Marianne Duddy-Burke, We Are Church media, execdir@dignityusa.org, +1 617-669-7810

                     Christian Weisner, weisner@wir-sind-kirche.de, +49 172 5184082

Never say never.

In the past, our popes told us:
• women are inferior to men
• women must obey their husbands
• women become unclean through child birth

And now Pope Francis has said that the teaching of Saint Pope John Paul II that women can never be ordained as Catholic priests is “the last word” and that it is “clear.” This is another belief that will fall away in time.

Sigrid Grabmeier, Chair of We Are Church International, said, “Our popes find it very hard to understand God’s call to women because they spend most of their time discussing the role of women with celibate men.  A renewed church is growing where all will be priests and prophets. This will better enable our church to live out the Gospel of Jesus. “

We Are Church International Council meeting in Rome
6 November 2016


We Are Church International, founded in Rome in 1996, is a global coalition of national church reform groups. It is committed to the renewal of the Roman Catholic Church based on the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and the theological spirit developed from it.

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  1. Date: November 13, 2016
    Author: Noel Fitzpatrick

    I regret the negative tone of your comments. To make progress there is a need for goodwill and mutual friendship. Our starting point should be the inspired words of God: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal. 3:28 NAB) But you are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises" of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Pet. 2:9 NAB) At a recent meeting of WAC Ireland I lead the prayers but the inspired words of God were censored. In 1 Pet 2:9 'royal priesthood' was omitted, when I asked why I was told 'priesthood' implied male domination. Is WAC fighting yesterday's battles? Should it not address all injustices? When Mr Trump was elected president of the US western politicians, who had previously condemned him, were conciliatory. If we want to change the view of Catholic leaders should we not try to understand them and communicate with civility? Aggressive words may make us feel good, but will not be useful. Should we not try civil communication and diplomatic language? Please reply.