|Women priests offer a new model of partnership - equality and inclusivity- when we preside at Eucharist.|
|My Response: Clericalism is a major cause of the church sex abuse crisis. The role of priest that evolved from the Middle Ages bestowed special spiritual, magical powers on a human being that is theologically unsound and pastorally unhealthy. |
I believe that our international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement is offering a new model of priestly ministry in a circle of equals in grassroots communities where all celebrate sacraments.
The spiritual power or "magic" is in each of us and all of us- the believing community- the Body of Christ gathered in faith to celebrate sacraments and live the Gospel as companions on the journey. In my community we often have co-presiders who are not ordained. It does not matter who presides, we all celebrate. The presiding team facilitate the liturgy each week. Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
Garry Wills, a professor emeritus of history at Northwestern University, is the author of "The Future of the Catholic Church With Pope Francis.''