On April 14, 2008. the Women's Ordination Conference hosted a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC in honor of Pope Benedict's visit to the USA and 81st birthday. Roman Catholic Womenpriests, Bridget Mary Meehan, Elsie Mc Grath and Rose Marie Hudson, participated in the press conference sharing the vision and mission of Roman Catholic Womenpriests. Aisha Taylor, executive director of WOC, and Gerry Rauch, a board member of WOC for many years called for the full equality of women in the church. Aisha Taylor, explained that there would be a Mass presided by Catholic women, including two recently excommunicated ordained women from St. Louis. Taylor said: "In the face of one closed door after another, Catholic women have been innovative, courageous and faithful to the church. They continue to make a way where there is none. Our Mass demonstrates how Catholic women answer God's call and minster to the needs of their communities..." Gerry Rauch, gave a powerful theological presentation of the inherent sexism that has blocked the transformation of the RC church into a more open, participatory, and egalitarian community that ordains women as a response to the call for justice in the church today.
For more information: www.romancatholicwomenpriests.org
email: Bridget Mary Meehan at firstname.lastname@example.org
email: Aisha Taylor at email@example.com