We are Church Ireland welcomes and endorses the call by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister Josepha Madigan and the Leader of Fianna Fáil, Michéal Martin, for women's ordination in the Catholic Church as an issue of gender equality.
We disagree with the response of the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin that the ban on women priests is a 'core teaching of the Universal Church'; we rather consider it a product of a long history of Catholic misogyny.
There is no scriptural basis for the ban on women priests in the Catholic Church, as was confirmed by the commission set up by Pope Paul Vl in the nineteen seventies. The continued denial by the hierarchical Church of women's right to equality in their Church is an affront to their dignity and vocations in the sight of God. It is now also a scandal to young people who cannot see the face of the God of equality in the Catholic Church' stated Brendan Butler, spokesperson.
Brendan Butler, We are Church spokesperson.
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28 June 2018