Posts Tagged ‘Women in the Church’

Women have legitimate claims to church equality says Pope Comments 0

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Women have legitimate claims to seek more equality in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis says. The Church has to acknowledge a history of male domination and sexual abuse of women and children and it must repair its reputation among young people or risk becoming “a museum”, he says. Francis made these comments in the 50-page Read more

Female leaders speak positively of pope and church Comments 0

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Female leaders from the secular world and some of the highest-ranking women in the Vatican spoke positively of the pope and the church at International Women’s Day events in Rome last week. One of those women, Australian journalist Geraldine Doogue, lent her support to major institutions including the Catholic Church. Speaking at an event organised Read more

Power in the Church: Women have always had it Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd took the occasion of his triumphant visits to Cuba and the United States to refer to His Holiness as “the perfect 19th-century pope”, largely because he seems disinterested in creating female priests. In her piece, Dowd’s assertions often lack context and the column itself is not particularly interesting, but it was Read more

Rocío Figueroa to join faculty at Good Shepherd Theological College Comments 0

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Rocío Figueroa has been appointed as a lecturer in Systematic Theology at Good Shepherd. She will begin lecturing at the beginning of 2017 Rocío, a Peruvian married to a New Zealander, holds a doctorate in Systematic Theology with a specialisation in Christology from the Gregorian University. She lectured in Spiritual Theology for five years at Read more

Tongan gender equality advocates point finger at faifekau Comments 0

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Women advocates at a recent  roundtable discussion in Nuku’alofa perceived that their main antagonists are the church ministers, the faifekau, who propagate fear of the future. There were at least four faifekau in the room. One of them shouted, “You women should know your place!” The roundtable meeting was called to discuss the Tonga’s ratification of Read more

Will Pope appoint a woman cardinal? Comments 0

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Statements by Pope Francis that he wants to see greater roles for women in the Church have sparked speculation that he might appoint a woman cardinal. After an unnamed Jesuit was quoted in Spain as saying “It’s something that Pope Francis has thought about before”, Italian and American media picked up the idea. Cardinal Timothy Read more

Local Mercy Sister proves to be right on, on foot washing rite Comments 0

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

In a recently published book on the Eucharist a New Zealand Mercy sister, Dr Kathleen Rushton, has provided an historical context for Pope Francis’ gesture of including women among those whose feet he washed on Holy Thursday. In  a chapter entitled Rediscovering Forgotten Features: Scripture, Tradition and Whose Feet May Be Washed on Holy Thursday Night, Read more

Pope Francis: women have special role in passing on faith Comments 1

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Pope Francis has emphasised the “fundamental” importance of women in the Catholic Church, saying they have a privileged role because of their ability to pass on the faith through love. He said women have always had a special mission in the Church as “first witnesses” of Christ’s Resurrection, and because they pass the faith on Read more

UK diplomat: Make more use of women in the Church Comments 0

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Britain’s ambassador to the Holy See says he is looking to the Catholic Church to better use the talents, energy and loyalty of the women in the Church. “Anyone who works with the Holy See network will be aware of the vital role played by women religious in almost every aspect of Church life on Read more

Cardinals want greater role for women in the Church Comments 0

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Senior cardinals from Argentina and Germany have called for a greater leadership role for women in the Church. Argentinean Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, who heads the Vatican department for Eastern Catholic Churches, said the next pontificate should see women having more leadership positions in the Vatican and beyond. “The role of women in the world has Read more