Monday, March 24, 2014

Jimmy Carter Issues 'Call To Action' Against Subjugation Of Women/ NPR Interview. Shares Letter Exchange with Pope Francis on Women's Ordination

n his new book, A Call To Action, Carter tackles a fundamental question 
of equality head-on: the subjugation of women in cultures 
around the world. 
Carter joins NPR's Rachel Martin to talk about the state of human 
trafficking and whether religion can be a conduit for lasting 
change around gender.


A Call to Action
A Call to Action
Women, Religion, Violence, and Power
Hardcover, 211 pages purchase

President Carter Shares Pope Francis' Letter on Status of 
Women in the Church
"'s very difficult to get, for instance, the Catholic Church 
to change its policies. 
I've written to the pope, by the way, and I got an encouraging 
letter back from him saying that he believes that the 
status of women and the activity of women 
within the church needs to be increased, 
but there are some specific and very difficult things t
overcome if the Catholic Church made that an ordained and 
official commitment. 
But at least the new pope is aware of it and is much 
more amenable, I think, to some changes than maybe 
most of his predecessors. "
"In the Southern Baptist Convention, from which my wife and I 
have resigned — we go to a more moderate Baptist church — 
I don't think that they are likely to change their policy 
that a woman must be not only inferior to her husband, 
but also deprived of an opportunity to be a pastor, or a 
missionary, or a chaplain in the Army, or to be even a 
deacon in the church."

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