Bridget Mary's Response:
If Pope Francis fires bishops who covered up sexual abuse and changes canon law that reserves decision-making to the hierarchy, he will begin a major reformation that is long over-due. The point is to not only to meet with survivors, listen to their stories and ask forgiveness, but to hold the Vatican accountable for sexual abuse crimes against children and youth. The pope knows the house is on fire! I pray that he will continue to be courageous in challenging global economic equality and in taking on the Vatican Curia. Like Francis, the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests supports global economic equality, but unlike Francis, we connect global economic equality with gender equality in the world and in the church. Discrimination against women in religion plays a major role in the abuse of and violence toward women in the world.
I pray for Pope Francis' safety and well-being often. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org