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.
We speak as women, not as “Woman”
We resist any attempt to develop a theology of “Woman”.
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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.
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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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CWS member Jeannine M. Pitas writes about the relationship between her Catholic faith and being a vegetarian: I suspect “Catholic” is not the first identity marker most people think of when they think of a
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News and events
Many congratulations to CWS member and feminist theologian Zuzanna Radzik, who has been nominated along with two others as Person of the Year in the Church category by Poland’s largest liberal daily newspaper,
On 8th April, forty five members of Catholic Women Speak met at the University of Roehampton in London on a glorious spring day to explore ways of developing the network, particularly through local and regional groups.
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)
Alban Books (UK)
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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We are delighted to collaborate with L’Osservatore Romano in distributing the English translation of their Women Church World magazine through our website.
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.