Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Women's Ordination Mobile Billboard to Follow Pope Benedict in Washington DC

Ordain Catholic Women" Mobile Billboard to Follow Pope

WASHINGTON, DC - April 16 - Today, as Pope Benedict XVI visits our nation's capital on his 81st birthday, the Women's Ordination Conference continues their "Giving the Gift of Women" campaign, urging him to open the doors to women's ordination. A large mobile billboard stating, "Pope Benedict, How long must women wait for equality? Ordain Catholic Women," posted on a truck will follow his engagements in Washington, DC.

"We are disappointed that the pope has missed an opportunity to include women during his stadium Masses as altar servers, which has been approved by the Vatican since 1994," said Aisha Taylor, executive director of the Women's Ordination Conference. "In a tragically familiar pattern, only men - including priests, bishops and cardinals - will be near the altar. That's why we have extended our mobile billboard campaign to circle Nationals Park on the day of the Mass."

On Monday, April 14, the mobile billboard drove from 10:30AM to 6:30PM in Washington, DC, beginning at the National Press Club where WOC hosted a press conference to lauch the campaign, and circling the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Headquarters and Catholic University. Later that night, in conjunction with thirteen similar events around the country, over 100 people attended an inclusive Mass presided by Catholic women, including two recently excommunicated ordained women from St. Louis. During the Mass, attendees gave generous financial support to enable WOC to circulate the mobile billboard outside Nationals Park.

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