Tuesday, September 15, 2015

If Pope Francis Ordained Women, He Would Make Church Model of Gender Equality, Decrease Poverty, Maureen Fiedler, National Catholic Reporter





Pope Francis and the message of WOC in Philadelphia

"In fact, this whole area has rightly been dubbed
 "Francis' blind spot." 
For some reason, he does not seem to "get it" 
when it comes to the roles of women.
And, I don't fully understand his stance, 
except that he may not want to tackle the 
traditionalists in the Vatican on this one
 (As in: he has enough enemies there already). 
Or, he may not have given this the thought he has 
given to other issues like poverty or climate change.
But, speaking of poverty, the majority of the poor of the 
world are women, and a large reason for their poverty 
is their treatment as inferior beings. 
They are victims of discrimination in thousands of ways … 
literally. 
So, if Francis is interested in alleviating world poverty, 
the greatest contribution he could make -- with one action -- 
would be admitting women to ordination, and making the 
Catholic Churcha model of gender equality. 
He could say to the world that it is no longer 
acceptable to discriminate against women, or to
 treat them as second class, including sacred roles, 
and by implication, economic roles. 
Yes, change would be slow, but it could begin if he wanted it to. 
OK, I'm not holding my breath. 
But with Pope Francis, anything can happen. "  

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