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We are Catholic Women Speak

Towards a deeper, richer understanding of the Catholic tradition

We are creating a space for open dialogue, theological exploration and collaboration among Catholic women in the worldwide Church.

We seek to bring Catholic women’s voices into dialogue with others in the Catholic Church, with those in other churches and religious traditions, and with wider society, in order to participate in a deeper, richer understanding of the Catholic tradition and its relevance for our times

We do not speak with one voice

We find great creativity by acknowledging and allowing our differences. We regard these as creative aspects of the process of learning and growing towards one another in faith.

Diversity is a strength
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We speak as women, not as “Woman”

We resist any attempt to develop a theology of “Woman”. 

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A forum for dialogue

The purpose of the forum is to create an informed and honest space for dialogue around issues relevant to the lives of Catholic women in the Church and society.

Comments and contributions which are respectful, courteous and intelligent are welcome here.

Whatever your gender, you are welcome to join our conversation here.

Catholic Women Discuss the Charlie Gard Case

This Facebook discussion explores complex ethical questions about life support and end of life decisions, the relationship between health care and 'big pharma', and differences between attitudes to these issues in the US, Canada and

Catholic women discuss ‘What is Church?’

Hours of Louis de Laval, France ca. 1480 DEBORAH: I just want to ask if I have understood the following correctly. I understand that we are all the Church and that it is not

Catholic women discuss Marian devotions

JULIA: What are some of your thoughts on the traditional Marian devotions, especially May crowning? I think it's so gendered and Westernized. I don't think it's what the real Mary would have liked. I love Mary

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We are a global network

We are the voices of Catholic women from many different cultures, perspectives and walks of life, united by a shared belief that the Church will benefit from greater inclusion of women’s perspectives and theological insights in the interpretation of doctrine and the development of pastoral practice.
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Confessions of a Buried Survivor

First published by CWS member Shielding Cournoyer on 8th September 2017: My burial began the day that I was kidnapped. I was two then.  Blonde-haired, blue-eyed, and categorically adorable.  If my parents were the home-owning sort,

September Reflections

CWS member Margaret Susan Thompson shares some personal reflections on teaching. This Blog first

When Priests Display Misogyny, They Subvert the Persona Christi

CWS member Rebecca Bratten Weiss writes about Jesus' relationship with women and problems with

When Christian Women Tell You What We Hear – Blog by Rebecca Bratten Weiss

This blog by CWS member Rebecca Bratten Weiss first appeared on Patheos website on

For some Catholics, a vegetarian diet goes hand in hand with faith | USCatholic.org

CWS member Jeannine M. Pitas writes about the relationship between her Catholic faith and being

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News and events

CATHOLIC WOMEN SPEAK – STATEMENT ON EXTREMISM AND SOCIAL MEDIA

The following statement was issued by the Catholic Women Speak Network on 26th September 2017: Rebecca Bratten Weiss is a member of Catholic Women Speak (CWS) – an international network of nearly 900 Catholic women

A Pope Francis Lexicon

We are delighted that nine members of Catholic Women Speak are among the contributors to this exciting new book edited by Cindy Wooden and Joshua J. McElwee:   A Pope Francis Lexicon is a collection of

RIP Ginny Kiernan Dahlberg

Catholic Women Speak are very sorry to learn that one of our active and supportive members, Ginny Kiernan Dahlberg, has died after a short illness. We send our prayers and condolences to Ginny's

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Men and women, young people and adults, communicate differently. They speak different languages and they act in different ways. Everyone has something to contribute, because they have their life experiences, they look at things from a different standpoint and they have their own concerns, abilities and insights. The unity that we seek is not uniformity, but a “unity in diversity”, or “reconciled diversity”.

 – Pope Francis,  Amoris Laetitiae – The Joy of Love

Catholic Women Speak – The book

Paulist Press (US)

$1695

Alban Books (UK)

£1399

The book

The Catholic Women Speak network’s first major project was to edit an anthology of Catholic women’s writings that was published to coincide with the opening of the October 2015 Synod on the Family. 300 copies of the book were made available free of charge to Synod participants and displayed on a table in the Synod Hall, and we understand that nearly of them were taken.

Reviews

Review of Catholic Women Speak in Tui Motu InterIsland Magazine

Catholic Women Speak: Bringing our Gifts to the Table is, I believe, a significant contribution to the discussion around the role of women in the Catholic Church in the 21st century. It is not only well-researched, but is a lively and thought-provoking read. I thoroughly recommend it.

Daily Theology, ‘Review: Catholic Women Speak’

One of the strengths of the volume is the plurality of voices, which do not speak with a single, unified opinion on controversy. This is all the better, really, to reflect the complexity of women’s lives. I can easily see this book being valuable for pastors and pastoral associates, for parish book clubs, for academics to use in their classrooms when dealing with perennially hot-button topics.

Vox Nova, Jeannine Marie Pitas, Book Review: ‘Catholic Women Break Their Silence’:

For me, this book is a breath of fresh air. A thick wall of silence has been broken; masks have been removed. It is refreshing to see these forty-four women speak in such a courageous, vulnerable and self-revealing way. This book is a must-read for all who seek a better understanding of the real, lived experience of women in the Catholic Church today.

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Get involved with Catholic Women Speak today

Join a vibrant network of Catholic women who all support each other on their personal and spiritual journeys.

Join our online community

We welcome Catholic women to join our Facebook group to dialogue with us, and to support other Catholic women around the world working for a more inclusive Church.

Take part in our closed Facebook group

This private Facebook group is open to bona fide members who self-identify as Catholic women. It offers a secure and confidential forum for dialogue, awareness raising and theological engagement around issues of concern to women in the Church and society. If you wish to join in the conversation please contact us

Join a local group

Catholic Women Speak is a worldwide movement. Find out if there is a group in your area that you can join and support.

How to join a group

Even though we take full advantage of online communication, we know that this does not replace the value of meeting face to face in groups to support each other. Find out if there is a group near you for you to join.

Join our conversation

Whatever your gender, you are welcome to join our conversation here.

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The purpose of the website is to create an informed and honest space for dialogue around issues relevant to the lives of Catholic women in the Church and society. Comments and contributions which are respectful, courteous and intelligent are welcome here.

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We are delighted to collaborate with L’Osservatore Romano in distributing the English translation of their Women Church World magazine through our website.

L’Osservatore Romano – Women Building Churches

Women Building Churches - July 2017 One stone after another, lifted with bare hands to reach the slopes of Potosí. So it was that a group of 50 small women, all of them with black

L’Osservatore Romano – The Prayer of Women

The Prayer of Women - June 2017 Prayer is part of the Christian life of every baptized man and woman, in accordance with the invitation of Jesus himself who asks of us ceaseless prayers: “Watch at

L’Osservatore Romano – Mary of the Others

Mary of the Others - May 2017 Mary is not only ours – that is, she does not belong only to the Catholic and Orthodox faithful who venerate her – but she also belongs

In collaboration with Catherine of Siena College

We work closely with the college which provides an online learning environment for the promotion of higher education in the fields of theology, religion, gender and social justice, intended particularly but not exclusively for women in the global South who would not otherwise have access to university education.

Both the Network and the College are administered by the University of Roehampton in London, under the umbrella of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing.