Novel Vatican conversation on women’s experiences of church

In a possible first, a public conversation has been held at the centre of the Church’s hierarchy on the limits of women’s participation in Church structures.

An event called Voices of Faith, held to mark International Women’s Day last week, was put together as an opportunity for women to share their stories of faith.

The event was live-streamed around the world from the Vatican’s Casina Pio IV.

Topics discussed included: the need for the Church to practice what it preaches about full equality between men and women, to include women in every level of decision-making, and to use inclusive language in its worship.

The women expressed a desire for a fundamental rethink regarding how Church prelates and documents describe them, saying they are often pigeonholed as reflecting only the sensitive or tender half of humanity.

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