If I did not use this opportunity to highlight the inequalities I see in the Church, then I would be turning a blind eye.
I am not prepared to do that.
This week the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, backed the ordination of women as priests in the Catholic Church after news that one of his cabinet members, Josepha Madigan, carried on with a prayer service using pre-consecrated hosts when a Dublin priest failed to show up for Mass.
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin criticized Josepha Madigan for "pushing an agenda" -- to which she replied:
"The only agenda I am pushing is the one of equality. If the Church is to be truly reflective of its people it must ordain women."
Meeting the needs of the people of God, like Josepha and the women who stepped up to lead, is something Caryl Conroy Johnson celebrates in this week's Catholic Women Called video. Caryl reminds us that through mutuality and creativity we can accompany one another in discovering God in all things.
In the midsts of so much pain and inequality in our world, let's be the ones who step up, who work to meet the needs and ensure the rights of the people around us. Let's show up for equality. Let's show up for each other.