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.
Women and religion
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.)
The Vatican Pontifical Council of Culture recently sparked controversy when the cover image for an online working document intended to advertise this week's annual plenary assembly in Rome on "Women's Culture: Equality and Difference" was Man Ray's 1936 sculpture, "Venus Restored," a plaster cast of a headless Venus bound in ropes.
Many women "have reached places of prestige within society and the workplace, but have no corresponding decisional role nor responsibility within ecclesial communities."
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.
Grace on the Margins: The sad irony is that many of the women who suffer most from gender inequality likely won't be able to contribute to the project.
Book review: Carter's wise book is a proclamation of the plight of many women who suffer in a minefield where male domination is rampant.
Just Catholic: As too many people have noticed, even though Pope Francis talks a good game, he has done nothing for the women of the 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.
Just Catholic: While widespread academic writing by women causes the men in black to pay a little more attention to women's intellectual achievements, the plain fact is that Rome ignores women.