My Comment: As we were driving to Dublin airport, I opened my email to view a response from Susan Davis, Coordinator of WMOF about my offer to speak at Women's Empowerment Symposium at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin when Pope Francis visits Ireland on August 24th, 25th. “Voices of Impact: Women Leaders Shaping Global Change” will begin at 18.00 on Friday 24 August with an invitation-only dinner and program. On Saturday 25 August, the Symposium will continue bringing together women change makers from across the globe from 8.00 to 11:00 at the RDS in Dublin.
As I reported in this blog, I received the invitation from Suzanne Thiel, RCWP. From the email string, I saw that one of our supporters sent it to her. It is ironic and humorous that the former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese did not receive an invitation and women priests did! See the sparks fly in the article in Irish Independent! LOL!
Until women are equals at the altar and in decision-making in the Church, there is no such thing as real empowerment for Catholic women. The truth is women's voices for justice are not being heard. Until women priests are affirmed, sexism is the issue. Bridget Mary Meehan https://arcwp.org, 703-505-0004
Susan Davis Response to me
Hi Bridget. Apologies, you ended up in my spam file. Unfortunately, the program is set and went to print last week. Am not sure how you received the invitation? Of course you are most welcome to attend the Saturday symposium which is open to everyone who would like to come.
My Email to Susan Davis, Coordinator of WMOF - Aug. 11, 2018
I am in Ireland right now doing work to promote women priests. Would this panel welcome a woman bishop born in Ireland who is promoting women priests' ordination?
I celebrated a liturgy in Dublin last week and there was an article in the Independent on Monday.
I would need to know right away if it would give me a voice to promote a renewed priestly ministry in the Catholic Church. Otherwise, I will be leaving Ireland on August 14th.