|Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org|
Bridget Mary's Response: This final Report of the Synod on the Family is a setback for Pope Francis agenda of inclusiveness and compassion to Catholics on the margins. If I were giving it a grade, it would be D. Major reason, sexism! Once again, women had no vote,
The biggest losers at the Synod of the Family were women. The sad reality is the Synod , no surprise, was a male only event, even though women make up half of humanity. See article above.
The highlight is that Pope Francis spoke passionately about inverting the pyramid model of the papacy and starting a process of reform that situates the pope in service to the the people of God, and offers possibilities for new models of church that are empowered and decentralized.
Francis has spoken about expanding the roles of women in leadership in the church, but his actions have not matched his words.
Now would be a great time for Francis to address the full equality of women in the church.
If not now, when?
One immediate step that Pope Francis could take is to lift excommunications and punishments toward Catholics who follow their consciences including women priests and our supporters.
So many of our women and men have suffered and we have stories to share that will make you cry and cringe!
I pray that Pope Francis begins a healing journey and restores the church's credibility by affirming primacy of conscience of women, a major church teaching that has been too often ignored by the Vatican and hierarchy.
In my view, like the affirmation of internal forum for the divorced, Pope Francis could declare that the moral agency of women to make decisions in conscience in all areas of their lives beginning with issues related to sexuality and ministerial service in the church.
and endmale oppressive power over women in our Catholic community or will women continue to be the elephant in the church, his big blind spot?
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org