It is pleasing to read of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's openness to discussion on married priests (The Tablet, News from Britain and Ireland, 26 April 2014) but why is the ordination of women ruled out and "not yet on the table"? Both these exclusions are unjust and hurtful.
There is much evidence for the existence of both married priests and female priests in the first millennium of our church. So why is Archbishop Martin speaking out for the former and not willing to consider the latter? Women are not even equal to men in the way they are discriminated against!
Women are equally redeemed by Christ; they equally image God. When will the fault line of institutional sexism which runs through the church be healed?
Catholic Women's Ordination, Leeds
The Tablet, Letters, 10 May 2014