JANICE SEVRE DUSZYNSKA ARCWP
MARTHA SHERMAN RCWP-USA
POPE FRANCIS HAS SCHEDULED A MEETING TO ADDRESS THE WORLDWIDE HORRIFIC SEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ON FEB. 21-24.
In addition, Pope Francis is considering reinstating women deacons, but not women priests.
While women deacons could be a possible first step to women priests, both are needed in a renewed priestly ministry. In an open letter published on Feb. 3rd, nine Prominent German priests and theologians call for the ordination of women priests
History and tradition support women in ordained ministries. Roman Catholic theologians like Dorothy Irvin affirm that women priests and bishops served in the early Church. In 820 A.D., there was a Bishop Theodora whose icon with her title can still be seen in the Church of St. Praxedis in Rome.
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