48. A Church that seeks to live a synodal style cannot but reflect on the condition and role of women within it, and consequently also in society. Young men and young women ask for it with great force. The reflections developed require to be implemented through a work of courageous cultural conversion and change in daily pastoral practice. An area of particular importance in this regard is that of the presence of women in the ecclesial bodies at all levels, also in functions of responsibility, and of female participation in ecclesial decision-making processes while respecting the role of the ordained ministry. It is a duty of justice, which finds inspiration both in the way in which Jesus was related to men and women of his time, and in the importance of the role of some female figures in the Bible, in the history of salvation and in the life of the Church.
My response: Until women are equals in every area of Church life including a renewed priesthood, the Roman Catholic Church will continue to fail to live the vision of Gospel equality in the 21st century. Actions speak louder than words. Women could not vote at this Synod. On the long road ahead to gender justice, the international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement is leading the way. Wake up, Vatican prelates, the future is now!
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, https://arcwp.org