Bridget Mary's Response: Yes, Pope Francis is moving the Vatican from the Middle Ages' patriarchal hostility toward women to the 21st century:
"women are "sisters, not servants."
His advocacy for equal pay is a major step toward gender justice for women everywhere. Open debate is healthy and indicates a change in tone toward women's empowerment at the Vatican. Now if women priests were invited to join the conversation, that would really be a big shakeup! We are living Gospel equality in grassroots, inclusive communities now.
So, the bottom line is--- until Roman Catholic Church treats women as equals in every area of ministry, including priesthood, women will remain second class citizens in our own house.
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP greets members of Mary Mother of Jesus Catholic Community
ROME -- "It may just seem like some nice talking with no action taken, yet it is striking to notice: in the past weeks, the Vatican has been hosting, organizing or involved in a series of seminars, colloquiums and conferences -- all dealing with women. The latest event, among several, dealt with ways the Catholic Church addresses the various conditions of women worldwide today. It was held within the Vatican City State and organized by the Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, and its monthlysupplement on women.
"Women are too often looked upon in the Church as servants and not as sisters, who are as much in charge as brothers,"said Lucetta Scaraffia, editor at the L'Osservatore Romano. She launched a debate last year stating it was theologically possible to create women cardinals.
Pope Francis joked about the idea. But the fact that he is letting these discussions develop in the Vatican itself shows he is looking for new ways to empower women inside the church and is not satisfied with the present situation."