Article from CWS member Christine Schenk, originally published on the National Catholic Reporter 14th May 2019 Overall I was more encouraged than discouraged by Pope Francis's May 10 discussion about women deacons at the triennial meeting of the Union of International Superiors General. I was pleasantly surprised that the pope was considering a "sacramental decree" about the issue.
Blog post from CWS member Rebecca Bratten Weiss, originally published on Patheos.com. 10th May 2019 Pope Francis’ announcement, a few days ago, that the results of the commission to study the history of the female diaconate were “inconclusive,” was disappointing to many, myself included, yet I was not surprised. For one thing, I’m not sure he’s
CWS member Ruth Fehlker reports and reflects on the recent movements in the Catholic church in Germany. May 2019 It all began with a small group of women in the German diocese of Münster, who met to read Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Evangelii Gaudium’, and one day the conversation turned. They acknowledged how hard they
Blog post from CWS member Tina Beattie, originally part of the publication 'Go, Rebuild My House', published by Sacred Hearts University. 25th April 2019 I am writing this from a beautiful Carmelite monastery in Snagov in Romania, where I am speaking at a gathering of Andante – the European Alliance of Catholic Women’s Organiations.
Blog post by CWS member Lillian Vogl, originally published on Patheos.com 26th April 2019 This Triduum that just passed, I was abundantly blessed to be able to hear the words of the sacred liturgies with newly attuned ears—ears become familiar, for the first time, with an anthem that the disciples would have known by
Blog post by CWS member Marie Kopp, originally published on Patheos.com 30th March 2018 It’s been an odd Lent, and a strange Holy Week. I’ve skipped Mass the past two Sundays. I didn’t have a good reason, or even a mediocre reason. I’m not sure I had a reason at all. I’m angry at
Article from CWS member Christine Schenk, originally published on the National Catholic Reporter - ncr.org. 16th April 2019 I just returned from a terrific 10-day pilgrimage to Rome and Naples, viewing funerary frescos and sarcophagus friezes of faith-filled fourth-century Christian women. Some pretty amazing, 21st century women and men joined me in cherishing these
April 2019 With this issue after seven years the publication of women church world is coming to a halt. We have indeed realized that the conditions for continuing our collaboration with L’Osservatore Romano no longer exist. Our monthly magazine was born from an autonomous women’s initiative, realized by a group of women who had
Article by CWS member Mary Pezzulo, originally published on Patheos.com 4th April 2019 I want to open by mentioning that I asked one of my friends who was raped by a priest if she wanted to write this article for me as a guest post, and she asked me to write it instead. That’s
Article from CWS member Mary Pezzulo originally published on Patheos.com 7th April 2019 Note: A response from the Diocese of Allentown is in the original comments and has been included below the article. The other day I was furious about the abuse survivor who was told not to show up at a “Healing our