On October 6th, the first Catholic women’s ordination in Los Angeles was performed when two women were welcomed as priests into Roman Catholic Women Priests. There are now 143 women ordained worldwide in a movement that has refused to wait for the Vatican to acknowledge women as leaders in the Church.
There has been a great deal of dialogue around the issue of women’s ordination in the Catholic Church. Organizations like Women’s Ordination Conference are focused on the mission of ordaining women in the Catholic Church and argue that women in leadership roles will lead to change in policies that are oppressive to women. However, other movements argue that ordaining women simply continues the hierarchical culture of the Church.
While Roman Catholic Women Priests continues to grow and ordain women who have been called by the Spirit and their communities to priestly roles, others maintain that only a discipleship of equals will truly lead the Church on a path to justice.
Do you think women’s ordination is the path necessary to achieve the recognition of women’s full humanity and to interrupt policies that are oppressive to women? Will only a discipleship of equals offer true equality in the Church? Or is perhaps women’s ordination a stepping stone to a discipleship of equals? Please share your thoughts and let’s engage in a conversation on this very important topic.
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