",,,The positive reception to Pope Francis from all quarters is itself almost as astounding as the man himself. A kind of global sigh of relief has greeted his humane and kindly manner, a signal that the human family, even in a secular age, longs for a rescue of transcendent value. The Catholic Church, for all of its problems, and if only because of its history as a pillar of Western culture, remains a universal object of fascination. When James Joyce described Catholicism as “here comes everybody,” he forecast the way everybody seems relieved to have such a man at the pinnacle of religious influence...",,,:The church of justice for the poor must be the church of equality for women — inside the church as well as out. There is no other way. Thus, it matters less whether Pope Francis at present favors the ordination of women than that he has already launched a historical process that makes it all but certain. Other reforms will follow. Style influences substance, and attitude influences everything..."
Bridget Mary's Response:
James Carroll is right. This is why the Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement is a "holy shakeup." Justice for the poor and justice for women in the church is constitutive to the Gospel today. We are leading the church into its future by living Gospel equality now.
The Roman Catholic Church must follow Jesus' example and treat women as spiritual equals in all areas of church life including the call to priestly ministry. There should not be seven sacraments for men and six for women. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org, firstname.lastname@example.org