- Jan 25, 2021
Seven women who “applied” for ecclesial jobs traditionally open to men last month have since become icons for the different faces of the Catholic “feminist” movement, illustrating that there is no singular vision for how to achieve the more welcoming and inclusive Church they envision.
Pope Francis Sunday closed a marathon of activities and messages over the weekend with a livestreamed Mass on the feast of Pentecost, insisting that the Holy Spirit is a gift from God that unites, and for whom distinctions such as “conservative” or “progressive” have no meaning.
Several women theologians and seminary professors have voiced agreement with Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who in a recent interview argued that in order to foster a healthy relationship between the sexes, more women should be involved in seminary formation.
Discovering one’s vocation to marriage, priesthood or religious life and making the decision to embrace it takes courage, Pope Francis said.
Clare McGrath-Merkle is a philosopher of religion and author of the 2018 book, ‘Bérulle’s Spiritual Theology of Priesthood: A Study in Speculative Mysticism and Applied Metaphysics.’ She spoke to Crux.