Grace on the Margins: Francis' theological imagination makes it impossible for women to achieve equal decision-making power and sacramental authority in this church. And it's time we faced it.
Ordination of women
NCR Today: I was pleasantly surprised -- stunned -- today to hear that Pope Francis has opened a door on women's roles in the church.
Catch up on recent coverage and analysis by National Catholic Reporter on women deacons and women's ordination.
The ordination of women deacons gained worldwide attention in October.
Augustinian Fr. Gabriel Daly said that the 1968 papal encyclical had never been accepted by the church at large. Daly also condemned the church over its treatment of women.
Grace on the Margins: How much more powerful would the pope’s call for justice be if the church itself truly reflected justice?
Just Catholic: It is one thing for a humble, holy pope to preach the Gospel with and without words. It is quite another thing for the corporation that is church to do the same. The disconnect remains. It has to do with women.
After appearing at a women's ordination conference, Fr. Jack McClure was told he can't celebrate mass at the parish where he has been pastor for the past 15 months.
If the church ended gender discrimination and proclaimed the equality of all human beings loud and clear, it would send a message to the world that would reverberate across oceans.
Church historian says: “In the past, ordination referred to the selection and installment of a person by their own community to a position, or office, or function really, within that community ... to any function considered of service to the Christian community."