...Ulrike Lunacek, who is head of delegation of the Austrian Greens in the European Parliament and openly lesbian, addressed the head of the Catholic Church in Strasbourg on Tuesday, after he had given a speech in front of Europe’s leaders.
Lunacek, who is also co-president of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights, handed the symbolic garment to the Pope in front of a crowd of people.
She said: “I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed about the fact that you didn’t address any of the other urgent things inside the church and outside.
“Women’s issues, women’s rights inside the church. Today is the International Day [for the Elimination of] Violence Against Women. I think you should have mentioned something like that.”
Lunacek went on: “It would be great if you had spoken up in favour of same-sex marriage or also for the use of contraceptives, for example, especially in times of HIV and other situations.
“But I didn’t hear that and that was a bit disappointing.”
Bridget Mary's Response:
Yes, Pope Francis needs to make the connection between justice for migrants, justice for the poor and justice for women in the church and world. Pope Francis has said that inequality is the root of social evil. Therefore, human rights and women's rights s both inside and outside the church are all interconnected and should be proclaimed by church leaders, like Pope Francis, as an integral part of the social justice teaching of the church. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org