Girls just want to have – respect, to be recognized, listened to…
What Catholic women want
By Elizabeth Tenety, Updated: August 21, 2013
“When Pope Francis convened his now-famous press conference aboard the papal plane during his trip home from World Youth Day, international attention was seized on his comments on homosexuality, specifically his words, “Who am I to judge?” (Only the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.)”
“…Pope Francis says he wants to move beyond the image of the church as chauvinistic.
Catholic women have some ideas on how to get there: Bring more women into key positions in the Vatican, as consultants and theologians and heads of offices that don’t require holy orders.
Map an affirmative action plan for qualified females to infiltrate
Curia positions, such as members of the Congregation on the Doctrine of the Faith, where few women today serve.
Encourage women to work as chancellors of dioceses around the world. Help them to prepare for careers as pastoral associates, who fill many of the roles of the traditional parish priest, a task needed more than ever due to the priest shortage in the West.
Some even say that a theological argument can be made for women to serve as deacons, with a spate of articles in the Catholic world exploring the issue.
Catholic women across the ideological spectrum, many of whom point to female leaders already working in the church like Harvard legal scholar Mary Ann Glendon, now serving as adviser to Pope Francis on Vatican finances, nonetheless agree that these are positions that women not only can fill, but should….”