|First Ordination of Roman Catholic Women Priests in 2002 on the Danube|
My Response: I agree with Gary Wills and John A. Dick that the word "priesthood" has been associated with patriarchy and power.
The term women priests in the context of our international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement is associated with prophetic ordained ministry as a human rights liberating movement of Spirit rising up for justice. We are leading the way toward a renewal of ministry by modeling mutual service now in a community of equals. This is a paradigm shift that is already the Roman Catholic Church toward inclusive ministry in the 21st century with women priests: "Their ministerial words and actions are expressions of service: inviting conversion and building community, promoting acceptance and belonging, bringing healing and strengthening, and offering forgiveness and reconciliation." What a joy it is to participate in a much-needed holy shakeup! Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, https://arcwp.org
John A. Dick, Ph.D., S.T.D. (ARCC Vice President and Treasurer) is a historical theologian - Catholic University of Leuven and University of Ghent