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Archbishop Hesse said new arguments had emerged in the conversation around women’s ordination that needed to be addressed.
My Response: Perhaps, Archbishop Hesse understands that Roman Catholic Women Priests inclusive ministries and communities are offering a model of equality, inclusivity and hope for equal roles for women in all ministries in the Church that can no longer be dismissed by the hierarchy. The good news is women priests are here serving the Church now!
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
Archbishop Hesse is a member of the forum on “Women in Ministries and Offices in the Church” in the “synodal journey” reform project launched by the Catholic Church in Germany. The project places laypeople—represented by German’s prominent lay organization, the Central Committee of German Catholics—in dialogue with that country’s bishops on a range of topics relevant to the church today, including sexuality, priestly celibacy and women’s roles. The lay committee openly supports ordaining women both as deacons and priests.
The archbishop said he hoped the reform talks would examine controversial issues and that the bishops would convey the results to Rome. “But I also hold the realistic view that this will not answer or resolve the issues,” he said. When asked whether he supported the priestly ordination of women and people who do not identify as men, Archbishop Hesse said he was entering the reform talks with an open mind. “If the results are already fixed at the beginning, then I have no interest in the [synodal journey].”