Project Description

Celia Viggo Wexler (USA) is an award-winning journalist and nonfiction author. She is a cradle Catholic whose second book, Catholic Women Confront Their Church: Stories of Hurt and Hope, was published in 2016 (Rowman & Littlefield). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Columbia Journalism Review, and The Nation.  

Extract from Celia Viggo Wexler, “Stories of Hurt and Hope: Women Called to Priesthood” in Visions and Vocations:

To be told repeatedly by the church, even by progressive Pope Francis, that women can never be ordained to the priesthood, is more than a blow to our egos. This rebuke reminds us that Catholicism continues to perceive us as inferior goods, not really worthy of God’s love and acceptance. As Millennial blogger and Catholic feminist Tinamarie Stolz recently observed, “As a woman, I could be like Jesus, but not like Jesus enough to bless the most stable and precious thing I knew – the Eucharist. Theologically, this did not make sense, and spiritually it crushed me, as I felt a strong call to ministry.”[i] I have now come to believe that ordination must be every Catholic feminist’s issue because it is the central obstacle to the Church actually viewing us as fully human and worthy of full citizenship in the kingdom of God.

[i] Tinamarie Stolz, “Handmade by God,” Global Sisters Report, 2 Aug. 2017.