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My Response: I am grateful to the Association of Irish Priests for naming the elephant in the living room , and demanding change in the Church. The Irish priests' group are leading their brother priests in calling for women priests to end the injustice in the Church.
I applaud the courage of Fr. Roy Donovan, their spokesman, who said:
'The Catholic Church’s treatment of women as second class citizens and its failure to consider the ordination of women to the priesthood is a “massive injustice at the heart of the Church”
Now if every group of priests in the U.S. and elsewhere would follow their example, we might see some some doors open for women in pastoral leadership. Another effective strategy-conduct a strike like the German/Austrian women who stopped work in the parishes for a designated period of time! Or as RCWP/ARCWP does, simply go all in and ordain women who are called and prepared to live a renewed priestly ministry now in service to inclusive Catholic communities despite the Vatican's resistance.
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP