It is time to let women preach. Let’s start with Sunday July 1st in Roman Catholic Churches across the globe!
On this Sunday the gospel reading for all Roman Catholic churches worldwide includes an optional selection concerning Jesus healing a woman suffering from a 12-years of bleeding—a condition know as menorrhagia. Many celibate Roman Catholic priests, however, choose to slice this story out of the Sunday scripture reading.
Unmarried men might find it dicey to preach about menstrual periods. Even women hesitate to discuss menstruation in mixed company.
However, this is an important story which needs to be heard. And women’s experiences add a lot to the understanding of this story.
The church will be enriched when women are welcomed to preach. July 1st is a good place to start.
Abigail Eltzroth is ordained by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.