Posts Tagged ‘Equality’

Catholic charity aims to empower women on peripheries and beyond

Monday, March 11th, 2024

For this year’s International Women’s Day, the global Catholic charity organisation Caritas Internationalis has published a new booklet exploring both the spiritual foundation of women’s leadership and giving voice to female protagonists around the world. In a forward for the booklet titled “Equality, Encounter and Renewal”, which was published March 7, Sister Alessandra Smerilli, secretary Read more

Parish praised for work against racism

Thursday, February 15th, 2024

The Catholic Church has a “crucial role to play” in speaking out against racism and promoting racial inclusion, a prominent British Catholic says. “Racism is a sin and has no place in our world. As followers of Christ, it is our duty to welcome all people, regardless of race or background, into our Church and Read more

Reversing the message that school attendance is not important

Friday, June 23rd, 2023
School attendance

We’re doing a lot of talking right now regarding education. But we are forgetting something that goes beyond talking and demands action – the rangatahi at the heart of our education system. Our young people have, for the last few years, experienced the unprecedented nature of a pandemic – lockdowns with education being dished out Read more

Honest evangelisation needs honest journalism

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Nearly two decades ago, I was asked to become the editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper published by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan. My first reaction was gut-hurting laughter. When I caught my breath, I said to the priest who had been sent to present the proposal, “Look at my face!” It was, indeed, unprecedented Read more

Women insist that equality should mean the right to vote

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Catholic women attending the summit of bishops at the Vatican on the Amazon region praised the climate of inclusivity and openness ushered in by Pope Francis but insisted that equality demands they also have a right to vote. “As many other religious women, we believe we have come to the point that our superior generals Read more

Can the Catholic Church find salvation in a greater role for women?

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

For committed Catholic Kate Englebrecht, most days at her home in Mudgee in the central west of New South Wales start with a simple routine — quiet reflection and prayer. It is in stark contrast to the recent turbulent times for the church, including a royal commission which exposed widespread sexual abuse, and the conviction Read more

Priests call for talk on total equality of women in church

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Twelve priests in Ireland have issued a statement calling for an open discussion on equality for women in the Church, including in ministry. “Discriminating against women encourages and reinforces abuse and violence against women in many cultures and societies,” they said. Some of the 12 have been prominent members of the reformist Association of Catholic Priests in Read more

Christians under pressure to hide faith at work

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

A new report in the United Kingdom claims that Christians feel pressured to keep their faith hidden at work. A public consultation carried out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission also showed Christians are being mocked by colleagues for being bigoted. Christians are also discriminated against when it comes to wearing religious symbols, the Read more

5 Reasons you need a female pastor

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

In comparison to their male counterparts, female pastors have limited opportunities and face serious pay discrepancies. Never mind that half of people in mainline seminaries today are women – so if many churches are to survive in the future, it may be with a woman at the helm. But too many congregations are not willing Read more

New book explores fairness in New Zealand

Friday, March 28th, 2014

On Friday, March 21st, in Auckland, Accent Publications launched its latest title: “But is it fair?” Subtitled Faith Communities & Social Justice, the book is edited by Neil Darragh, and explores a faith response to inequality in using 31 people’s stories about  faith communities that promote fairness in New Zealand. Darragh has divided the book into five sections: Sources and traditions, Read more