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We are Catholic Women Speak

We are Catholic Women Speak

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Many voices – one vision

Catholic women around the world are uniting to journey together towards Rome on a pilgrimage for the dignity and equality of women in the Church.

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WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE CATHOLIC WOMEN’S COUNCIL

The Catholic Women’s Council is an international umbrella group of Catholic women’s organisations and networks which have embarked together on a virtual and physical pilgrimage towards Rome, culminating in a major event in November 2021. Our aim is to create a sense of solidarity and support for all women working for change in the Catholic Church through the affirmation of the full dignity and equality of women, journeying together in prayer, reflection and study, and in walking, talking, dancing, singing, weeping, laughing, celebrating and struggling.

All who share our vision are welcome to join us.

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Catholic Women Speak belongs to the Catholic Women’s Council.

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 the voices of Roman Catholic women 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

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We do not speak with one voice

We believe in the creativity of struggle and acceptance that comes from learning to respect our differences. We regard these as vital aspects of the process of discovery and transformation that brings us together in our faith.

Diversity is a strength

We speak as women, not as “Woman”

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

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Catholic Women, from across the globe, speak about vocation, faith and culture.

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LATEST ARTICLES

Published articles written by our members

In Praise of Not Knowing

Article from CWS member Jennifer Reek, originally published on The Sacred Heart University website. 6th February 2020. In his December column ‘Apologies, Apologies, More Apologies,’ my fellow blog contributor Myroslaw Tataryn challenges clerical certainty.

This Is Not Fine

Article from CWS member Jennifer Reek, originally published on the Sacred Hearts University website.

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Help us to promote women’s voices in the Church.

Your gift, no matter its size, can help us in our all-important work to create the space for authentic dialogue within the Church.
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A forum for dialogue

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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 that are respectful, courteous and intelligent are welcome here.

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

If you self-identify as a Catholic woman, you are welcome in this space. …  We’re a forum for women to say what can we claim, what can we rescue and what must we change to make the  Church we love a more hospitable place for women. … Many of our members campaign on different issues, but Catholic Women Speak is not a campaigning group. It’s a forum, it’s a space, and so any individual woman is welcome there, whatever she campaigns on. … We have women from many different cultures, and we have to be sensitive to each another. Language doesn’t travel effortlessly across cultural boundaries. What one person might feel very comfortable supporting and calling herself, another would not. … Our only campaign is to create a space for women to speak.

What must Catholics believe?

In our private Facebook group, members of Catholic Women Speak discuss  topics of interest across the wide spectrum of Catholic life and faith, ranging from pastoral and personal insights and struggles to reflections on

Gender Theory and Catholic Education

Tina Beattie has written a blog for Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church (CTEWC) on the recent document produced by the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education - 'Male and female he created them: Towards

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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.

Join our forum

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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