- Aug 6, 2020
In a recent interview, the new president of the German bishops’ conference signaled openness to both married priests and women’s ordination, and appeared to criticize a lengthy essay by Pope Benedict XVI on the root causes of the clerical sexual abuse crisis.
The Vatican said Wednesday that Pope Francis has created a new commission of experts to examine whether women can be deacons, an ordained role in the Catholic Church currently reserved for men.
Protestors in favor of women’s ordination marched from the United Nations to St. Patrick’s Cathedral on International Women’s Day.
Activists supporting women’s ordination held a prayer vigil along the banks of the Tiber on Tuesday.
As Catholic women continue to push for more leadership in the Church, at least one member of the ecclesial hierarchy has said the general mindset on women must break from antiquated categories and delve into what they actually bring to the table.
About 800 people have protested gender inequality in the Catholic Church by forming a human chain around Germany’s Cologne Cathedral.