Bridget Mary's Response:
I believe in the power of prayer and that faith moves mountains.
Some people say I wear rose colored glasses!
I think the Vatican may be moving from condemnation to conversation with our movement. Now that would be a blessing.
On Tuesday Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP and Christina Moreira ARCWP shared the warm reception they received from a Vatican official when they delivered the groundswell petition of support for women priests signed by Catholics.
|Christina Moreira ARCWP and Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP deliver Groundswell Petition in Support of Women Priests|
This is a first ground-breaking step that could lead to an open dialogue with Pope Francis about lifting the excommunication and punishments against members and supporters of our Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement.
The Vatican permission for a Women's Ordination Worldwide demonstration tomorrow when Pope Francis is celebrating the Jubilee for Priests is another pleasant surprise.
In addition, several weeks ago, Pope Francis announced a commission to study women deacons, which could be the first step towards the full equality of women including in ordained ministry and in decision-making roles in the church.
My prayer is that these steps may indicate a movement toward a more inclusive, just church where all are equal, all voices are heard, and all affirm the primacy of conscience.
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP