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A Manifesto For Women In The Church

A Manifesto For Women In The Church


“Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman;
for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman” (1 Cor 11,11-
We are women believers, we are followers of Jesus, in love with the Church, with
our families, with vulnerable and harmless people; but we are also in love with
our strength, energy and intelligence that are gifts from God. We want to offer
everything that we are to the Church, to society, and to our families, without
belittling ourselves in order to please someone else. We do not need to identify
with a standard model, but we claim the chance to build our personal and
unrepeatable path: unique as is every person, woman, sister, daughter, wife and
mother. We love the motherhood that the Lord has entrusted to us, but we are
aware that it is much bigger and more radiating than physical maternity: for this
reason we try to be generative in every situation of our lives, including places of
work and of political and social commitment.

We claim our assertiveness as a resource for our communities and we do not
accept to appear weak just to flatter the male strength. We love men and we
stand next to them with love, co-responsibility, respect and esteem. In the same
way we want to offer our cooperation to our Ministers, made up of reciprocity,
appreciation of differences, and mutual respect and esteem.
We are aware that in some ecclesial realities the situation is evolving; but
meanwhile, as adult women, every day we experience the subordinate role of the
woman in the Church, making us feel more and more out of place and
inadequate. We suffer the inability of being seen and appreciated for our
capabilities and skills, and this often deprives us of a real recognition. We see that
the women exist in the community as long as they solve the problems of the men,
who are the protagonists; only the men. Whether it is the parish oratory, the
ecclesial movements or theological schools, the proposed feminine model is
always that of a “crutch” supporting the male figure (presbyters, teachers, or
husbands). There are no glimmers for feminine skills to go beyond procreation,
caring, or support for men, except for those who seriously renounce to their
Along our paths we have seen how the faith of the woman and the adherence to
any vocation she embraces are considered to be inferior, of lower quality than
those of men, except in special and culturally stereotyped cases.
In our communities, a real respect to the women is often missing, whether they
are single, married or divorced: in the first case, they are NOT resources to be
exploited -“they have nothing to do” -; in the second case they are NOT “just”
mums and wives; in the third case they do NOT deserve to be judged for what
they are not, but should be recognized for what they are and do.
When it comes to decision making, there is no space for the original contribution
of women, their vision of life, their ability to face the situations with a creative
approach, from within the relationships, thus precluding the chance to break
worn-out and ineffective frameworks of action, in order to create new
opportunities for community growth.
We want to say that what is at stake is not just the waste of talents, the lack of
respect and the blaming of all those who are not within the frame of pious and
devoted wife/mother (all things that are already good themselves), but above all
there is a deep unfaithfulness to the Gospel, to the way chosen by Jesus for
dealing with women, to Mary’s strength, to the good news of the announced by
Mary Magdalene.
– Respect for our commitment, the chance to render a service coherent with our
competences and abilities
– That Presbyters, to whom our communities are entrusted, understand and
appreciate the feminine, that they have a healthy and peaceful relationship
with women, that they are psychologically mature people
– That feminine vocational research be taken into consideration, because it has
opened new and more articulated horizons, in a maturation of perspective
that needs attention and answers
– To recognize the possibility for the women to get nearer to the core of the
ecclesial life, and to assign the right value to the authentic desire of the
women to take part in a more active ministerial role, including the sacramental
one. Therefore it is legitimate and is for the good for the whole Church to
begin to conceive concrete answers in this area
We are not substitutes for action, but we can “invent” new forms that enrich the
We do not seek positions of power, but to be fully recognized as God’s daughters
and as members of the community co-equal with men.
– Assertiveness: we are not afraid to propose and ask for recognition of what we
do and offer to the community
– Freedom: our actions are not aimed at conquering power positions, so we are
in conditions of non-blackmail
– Women’s alliance: where we are and among us, we choose to be allies with
the sisters we meet and, above all, we choose not to fall into rivalry between
women in order to obtain male approval
– We, adult women who have lived and still are living their own faith journey,
decided to meet to share and exchange opinions and we are ready to welcome
all those who will decide to join us
– We want to express a clear message about the kind of womanhood we think
the Church needs
– We want to be known in order to prove that inside the Church there are
women who do not submit themselves, and try to call other sisters who feel
disoriented by this traditionalistic wave
– We don’t give up insisting in consequential and legitimate requests, such as
being ordained to render woman-presbiteral service
Cagliari 6th February 2018, memory of St. Paul Miki and companions.
1. Paola Lazzarini, Cagliari
2. Sara Milano, Torino
3. Iole Iaconissi, Udine
4. Anna Paola Loi, Cagliari
5. Eleonora Manni, Terni
6. Carla Piras, Cagliari
7. Maria Adele Valperga, Torino
8. Alessandra Bonifazi, Roma
9. L.C., Bari
10. Barbara Serpi, Senigallia (Ancona)
11. Raffaella Zanacchi, Cremona
12. Fabiana Pagoto, Torino
13. A.C., Pavia
14. Alessandra Zambelli, Bologna
15. Claudia Cossu, Cagliari
16. Silvia Ferrandes, Viterbo
17. Giulia Casadio, Ravenna
18. Manuela Chessa, Cagliari
19. Tiziana Minotti, Meda (Milano)
20. Fulvia Caredda, Tribiano (Milano)
21. Maria Cristina Rossi, Torino
22. Lucia Bagalà, Gioia Tauro (Reggio Calabria)
23. Carmelinda Tripodi, Roma
24. Elena Savio, Padova
25. Giuseppina Bagalà, Gioia Tauro (ReggioCalabria)
26. Anna Gamberini, Torino
27. Eleonora Consoli, Catania
28. Manuela Cherubin, San Fior (Treviso)
29. Gianfranco Chiari, Cremona
30. Anna Rotundo, Catanzaro
31. Giovanni Todeschini, Lecco
32. Maria Ilaria DeBonis, Roma
33. Amedea Arietti Carducci, Fossano (Cuneo)
34. Dario Domenicali, Roma
35. Sara Letardi, Parma
36. Imma Russo, Casoria (Napoli)
37. Vincenzo Romano, Legnano (Milano)
38. Isabella Musumarra, Roma
39. Eliana Sanna, Sestu (Cagliari)
40. Gioacchino LaGreca, Canicattì (Agrigento)
41. Luigi Ciardi, Prato (Firenze)
42. Cristina Vicquery, Verres (Aosta)
43. Annamaria Mugione, Casoria (Napoli)
44. Emilia Palladino, Roma
45. Chiara Sibona, Bologna
46. Simona Palestini, San Benedetto del Tronto (Ascoli Piceno)
47. Don Luciano Locatelli, Bergamo
48. Maria Pia Amelotti, San Lazzaro di Savena (Bologna)
49. Raffaella Tombari, Roma
50. Francesca Trabella, Erba (Como)
51. Valeria Nicolis, Verona
52. Sabrina Vacca, Cagliari
53. Massimo Macconi, Lugano
54. Chiara Giliberti, Latina
55. Maria Viviana Leoni, Cagliari
56. Carmelo DiGiorgio, Piossasco (Torino)
57. Rossella Tocco, Cagliari
58. Maria Emanuela Bartolino, Cagliari
59. Cristiana Gualtieri, Porto Sant’ Elpidio (Fermo)
60. Paola Sappia, Cagliari
61. Stefano Scala, Pomezia (Roma)
62. Nadia Pesenti Compagnoni, Lecco
63. Daniela Davoli, Parma
64. Giuseppe Zadeo, Parma
65. Riccardo Cristiano, Roma
66. Enrico Orrù, Cagliari
67. Laura Badaracchi, Roma
68. Flauzia Panada,Lumezzane (Brescia)
69. Tullia Lippi, Vallo della Lucania (Salerno)
70. Anna Romaniello, Castel Lagopesolecomune di Avigliano (Potenza)
71. Fra Benito Fusco, Bologna
72. Tiziana Ciampolini, Torino
73. Paola Cavallari, Bologna
74. Daniela Tuscano, Bresso (Milano)
75. Lucia Santamaria, Torino
76. GiuliaRenataMorra,Torino
77. NadiaBonaldo,Chioggia(Venezia)
78. Ilaria Sabbatini, Lucca
79. Giovanna Callari, Palermo
80. Rosario Sciarrotta, Palermo
81. Paola Martini, Roma
82. Odilia D’Avella, Chieti
83. Marcella Pisano, Cagliari



  1. Francesca Avitabile March 4, 2018 at 2:09 am - Reply

    Thank you! I agree.

  2. taninweb March 6, 2018 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Instead of accepting that answer you should have told him no I can”t, I need to enter through the exit I came in at. Writing a letter the next day won”t do you any good. Assertiveness is hard, we humans have a huge propensity to follow leaders, even when they are wrong. I remember my Grandmother went to a local establishment as a member of the “Purple hats. They catered more to the sports bar/motorcycle crowd. The handicapped spots were also marked “Motorcycles ONLY. So she didn”t park in the handicapped spot and it just about killed her. I regret that I didn”t make a fuss over it after I heard about it.

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