Bridget Mary's Response:
If Pope Francis can meet with the ultra right formerly excommunicated St. Pius X Community, he can also meet with representatives of the international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement.
I agree with Jamie Mason that this is a double standard in the culture of encounter. The time for healing of the wounds of sexism, exclusion and injustice has come.
As an fan of our Pope's stance on justice for the marginalized, I am hopeful that Francis may have a few surprises up his sleeve!
In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has stated that no one can be excluded from God's mercy. This is a call to action to lift all excommunications against women priests and our supporters.
If Pope Francis takes this courageous step to celebrate the mystical oneness of all the baptized, he will advance gender justice and equality in the Roman Catholic Church and beyond.
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
Article by Jamie Manson in National Catholic Reporter