The discussion on women's participation in church structures may have been the first such public conversation to take place at the center of the Catholic hierarchy.
Ordination of women
Just Catholic: You don’t have to speak Italian to understand the Vatican's recent "Women's Cultures" events, but it could help. (It was all in Italian.)
Richard Estrada, 72, has made a name for himself in Los Angeles. He founded the first homeless shelter for immigrant youth in the city, planned the historic immigration march of 2006, and provided thousands of gallons of water to those crossing the border, dying of fatigue.
Now a former Catholic priest, Estrada recently decided to join the Episcopal church.
In a letter delivered to Georgia Walker's home, Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn said her excommunication was effective immediately.
Georgia Walker, who was ordained by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests over the weekend, looks forward to expanding her ministry to prisons.
The Church of England announced on Wednesday that Libby Lane, a parish priest from Hale, a small village outside Manchester, would become its first woman bishop, ending centuries of all-male leadership in this country's established church.
The announcement from Downing Street, the prime minister's official residence in London, came just a month after changes to canon law making it possible for women to assume the role of suffragan and diocesan bishops.
NCR Today: When I think about the world, crises of all kinds arise in mind: the Islamic State, Ebola, racism, forced migration. And that just scratches the surface.
THE STORY OF THE PHILADELPHIA ELEVEN
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Several new books commemorate this year's 40th anniversary of the ordinations of the first female priests in the Episcopal church.
Just Catholic: Women and war were not on the bishops' agenda. The USCCB crowd seems to be stopping and starting, blinking and staring, like peacocks in the headlights.
It was a cool, rainy night Wednesday at Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. But the drizzly weather did not keep more than 150 people from coming out to hear Fr. Tony Flannery, a priest from Ireland who has been ordered by the Vatican to sign a statement of orthodoxy and to remain silent. But Flannery -- unlike many theologians before him -- did not sign and won't keep quiet. In fact, this was the first stop in an 18-city speaking tour of the United States, sponsored by a coalition of U.S. church reform groups.