- Oct 24, 2020
Several French women who earlier this year applied to be clergy voiced disappointment after Pope Francis yesterday named Bishop Olivier de Germay of Ajaccio as the next archbishop of Lyon, arguing the decision perpetuates Catholicism’s machista culture.
Four years after the Pontifical Council for Culture instituted a Permanent Women’s Consultation Group to bring women’s experiences and voices to the council’s deliberations, Pope Francis noted that they represent a “novelty” at the Holy See.
The bishops of southern Africa have appointed another woman to head their conference’s general secretariat, succeeding a religious sister who had served in that position for eight years.
Although most have never heard of her, Isabel Sanchez, a 50-year old Spaniard, is arguably one of the most powerful women in the Church.
The pioneering women who fought for the right to vote are being hailed by the bishops of Maryland.
Women in Ghana and other West African nations have suffered disproportionately during the global COVID-19 pandemic in large part because they have been excluded from positions of power and decision-making, a Catholic sociologist said.