Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community Celebrates Liturgy in Sarasota, Florida
"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:http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_REL_VATICAN_WOMEN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT=
calling for pay equality is good news.
Until Pope Francis
affirms the full equality of women,
priests, women will remain
second class citizens
in our church.
One of the Pope's
ordination is mentioned above- clericalism.
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
in a sacred circle of equals.
Francis could come and see for himself
when he visits in
Septembers. in addition, equal pay
must be applied
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
Spirit-filled community of faith. Let it be so!