Last week, Pope Francis took a historic step for gender justice by saying that the Roman Catholic Church should study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons. That statement was powerful, but it doesn’t go far enough.
There are hundreds of Roman Catholic women priests all over the globe.They’re ordained in apostolic succession. They serve the Church through their inclusive communities and by living the works of mercy. But Church leaders won’t recognize their calling for one reason: their gender. These brave women have been excommunicated simply for following their call from God.
That’s why women priests across the globe started a Groundswell petition asking Pope Francis to dialogue with Roman Catholic Womenpriests, and overturn their unjust excommunications. If you believe in a Church of justice and mercy where the gifts of all are honored, please add your name.
Pope Francis came to his historic decision on women deacons because he listened to women, and because Catholics all over the world lifted their voices for justice and equality. I am one of the many Catholics whose life has been changed by the witness of women priests. I want Pope Francis to hear their story, and there’s a way that he can.
On June 1-3 (just a few weeks away), women from all over the world will be participating in a “Jubilee for Women Priests” in Rome. There, a Roman Catholic Woman Priest will deliver our petition to the Vatican. Help us uplift the voices of Catholics and people of faith and goodwill who know that women are called to the priesthood.