- Nov 23, 2020
Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias, one of the organizers for Pope Francis’s February 21-24 summit on the global clerical abuse crisis, has been accused by one of his former collaborators of covering up clerical sexual abuse in his own diocese of Mumbai.
Mary McAleese, a former Irish president recently banned from speaking on Vatican grounds due to her positions on abortion rights, gay marriage and women’s ordination, says Pope Francis will face a mix a hope and skepticism when he travels to Dublin in August.
Inside and around the Vatican, Catholic women point to a ‘cultural revolution’ calling for more female inclusion.
Reformers frustrated with the status quo on women in Catholicism seem to be making a strategic shift away from the debate over female priests, raising the question of what else can be done … and why hasn’t it been done already?
Former Irish president Mary McAleese has been stopped from attending a women’s conference at the Vatican, causing organizers to move the event to another location.
The storytelling event took place at the heart of the Vatican on the UN-sponsored International Women’s Day. Father Arturo Sosa, Superior of the Jesuits and key-note speaker, said: “If we are honest, we acknowledge that fullness of women’s participation in the Church has not yet arrived.”