..."Welby said cooperation was key. "It is a crime that we all need to overcome as a matter of urgency, as a matter of human dignity, freedom and wholeness of life," he said.
Welby, however, acknowledged that while Catholic and Anglicans are working together in this area, "there are matters of deep significance that separate us."
The Catholic Church doesn't permit women to be ordained priests, much less bishops, on the grounds that Christ's apostles were all male. Anglican churches in Australia, New Zealand and the United States already have women serving as bishops. The Church of England's dioceses have all voted to do the same and the church's Governing Synod is expected to take a final vote next month."
Bridget Mary's Response: Too bad, the Pope does not make the connection between the violence and abuse in women in society is related to discrimination against women in religion! The Roman Catholic Church could follow the Anglican Church's example and ordain women as an issue of Gospel equality and justice. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org