On Women’s Day, church challenged to open new forms of leadership / Cruxnow.com

Both reports reflected a general frustration on the part of Catholic women, who valued their Catholic faith and longed to be recognized for the work they do, and to have their voices heard. Most wanted to see change but here was no common consensus on exactly what that change ought to be.

Elise Ann Allen, Cruxnow.com

“As the world observed International Women’s Day, the Catholic Church was challenged to open more space for women in leadership, with some groups calling for access to priestly ordination and the ability to preach at Mass, as well as modifications to teachings on sexual morality.

“Pope Francis himself observed International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8, during his Wednesday general audience, during which he thanked women ‘for their commitment to building a more human society through their capacity to welcome reality with a creative gaze and tender heart.’

“‘This is a privilege only of women,’ he said, and offered a special blessing to all women present for the event. He then asked for a round of applause for women, saying, ‘They deserve it!’

“After giving his speech, Pope Francis met with a small group of women ambassadors to the Holy See and women representing different faith communities present at the audience, spending several minutes in conversation before moving on down the line.”

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