Thursday, April 30, 2015

"Pope Demands Equal Pay for Women But Still Doesn’t Intend to Hire Any" Barbie Latza Nadeau/ Pay Equality is Great, So Are Women Priests

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"Pope Francis defended pay equality today, calling it 
“pure scandal”
 to pay women less than men. 
But when will the pontiff make
 women equal in the Church?

Rome — "During his regular Wednesday blessing,
 Pope Francis called it “pure scandal”
 to pay women less than men for equal jobs,
 though he gave no indication that
 he would be testing that theory any time soon at the Vatican.

“Why is it expected that women must earn less than men?” he said.
 “No! They have the same rights. The disparity is a pure scandal.” 

He has also made what could be considered serious gaffes when
 referring to 
women in the past.
 He called a group of intellectual female theologians 
“strawberries on the cake” at a ceremony inducting them into the 
Vatican’s Theological Commission and he likened the
 European Union to a “grandmother who is no longer fertile or vibrant.” 

However, there is still no indication that the head of the
 Catholic Church
 is willing to put them on equal footing within the
 Church itself.
 The pontiff has recently championed for 
women in more leadership
 roles in the church, although on the issue of women’s ordination,
 the door is still closed.

 Last year he told La Stampa’s Vatican Insider
that he doubted ordaining women into the priesthood was a
 good idea.
“I don’t know where this idea sprang from,” he said.

 “Women in the Church must be valued, not clericalized. 
Whoever thinks of women as cardinals suffers a bit from clericalism.” 

AP Article

Bridget Mary's Response:

 Pope Francis calling for pay equality is good news.
Until Pope Francis affirms the full equality of women,
 including women priests, women will remain 
second class citizens in our church.

One of the Pope's arguments 
against women's ordination is mentioned above- clericalism.

A renewed priestly ministry is not about clericalism,
 it is about service in inclusive communities of equals.

 It is happening in our grassroots communities where we gather to 
celebrate Eucharist in a sacred circle of equals.

 Perhaps, Pope Francis could come and see for himself 
when he visits in Septembers. in addition, equal pay
 must be applied to the
 women the institutional church employs.
So, let us pray a spark of hope has been ignited and that
 this is the first step toward the full equality of women
 in a Spirit-filled community of faith. Let it be so!

Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, 

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