|Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org|
Our movement has grown from the Danube 7 and now numbers approximately 215. We are not going away. We are presiding at sacraments where all are welcome at the Banquet of Christ's love. We are not leaving our beloved church. We are leading our church into a more loving , inclusive community of equals who live the Gospel in our local grassroots communities.
It is time for the Vatican to change its teaching that men resemble the image of Christ more than women do , which is their argument against women's ordination. When the Vatican affirms the call of women to be priests and opens the top leadership jobs to qualified women, the church will reflect Jesus' vision of a community of equals. Until then, the all-male clerical structure that privileges men as superior and women as inferior within church governance and liturgical worship, will remain.
Until women are equals in the church, the full equality of women in the world will not be a reality. It is my hope that Pope Francis will make the connections between poverty, oppression, and violence toward women in the world and the discrimination against women in the church.
This article indicates that Pope Francis is moving in the right direction, but much more needs to be done to promote women's equality now. What a blessed opportunity for our Catholic community to grow in deeper oneness in our church and in our world! Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org