The Women Did Not Give Up Hope

April 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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After Jesus died on the cross, a group of women disciples remained faithful to him and believed in his resurrection.

All over the world, faithful Catholic women continue to believe that God will save the Catholic Church from its misogyny and authoritarianism by admitting women to the priesthood. God knows what a long hard slog it has been for women’s ordination activists, how much easier it would be to give up hope.

Just south of here, in Philadelphia. some very dear friends of mine have been working for women’s ordination since the 1970s. One of the actions they undertake year after year is to celebrate a Eucharist outside St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Philadelphia on Holy Thursday while the archbishop and his priests celebrate a Mass inside in honor of the priesthood. My friends also hold up signs and banners calling for the ordination of women.

This year WHYY, the PBS station in Philly, filmed and posted on their webpage an interview with two of my dear friends, Dr. Regina Bannan, the president of the southeast Pennsylvania women’s ordination group, and woman priest Rev. Judy Heffernan, as they carried out their Holy Thursday action. Click here to meet my friends and hear their thoughts about women’s ordination and the future of the Catholic Church.

God raised Jesus from the dead. Surely God can and will cause the male leaders of the Catholic Church to welcome the larger half of the people of God into full membership, thus saving and reinvigorating the church we love.

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