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05 February 2015 | by Joanna Moorhead

The Church chose to stop its equality clock somewhere around the mid 1950s

 
Women priests? Frankly, the Church should be so lucky. I know tens of wonderful Catholic women who would have been brilliant priests. Most of them would be bishops by now; there might even have been a cardinal among them. Instead, they have lived as nuns, ex-nuns, teachers, politicians, aid workers, academics, journalists, psychotherapists. Many have also been mothers and wives.Almost all of these women would have been at least open to the possibility of priesthood in the past. None of them, I am certain, would be remotely interested in it today. Partly that’s because they are older; but it’s also because the possibility of female ordination was closed so firmly, time after time. What that meant was that the Catholic Church did not, as the Church of England did, amass a cohort




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Comment by: Douglas
Posted: 08/02/2015 22:35:07

Here! Here! As a an older man (mid-70's) I heartily and completely agree with what is said above. My wife and I joined the Missionary Church at God's request in the late 1990's in Bangladesh. We were influenced in our decision by American Nun's who showed us how to be Christians. I have seen what has happened in our world when women are allowed to contribute, shoulder to shoulder,with men and find it is a far better world than the one I was born into. Shame on us as Catholics for allowing this to continue on the basis of some flimsy excuse by men who no longer understand the world we live in.


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