Just Catholic: There wasn't a woman in sight at the synod on the family. Such is still the case in Rome, throughout the church and around the world.
Women and religion
Seventh-day Adventists opted for a middle-way approach on the divisive issue of women's ordination on Tuesday, kicking the question to next year's worldwide meeting without taking a firm stance either for or against women's ordination.
Next year's debate will come nearly 100 years after the death of Adventist matriarch Ellen White and could settle decades of disagreement over whether women should be allowed to be ordained in the 18 million-member church she co-founded.
Simply Spirit: A great woman has gone from our midst. Her name is Christine Vladimiroff, and we who are passionate about reform owe profound thanks for this woman's life.
Catholic News Agency provides a substantial list of articles relating to women in the church since the beginning of the Francis papacy. The articles are listed in a descending order of occurrence. Does any of it represent progress? It definitely represents both forward and backward steps, which is probably to be expected. Is there a gradual progression within this back-and-forth activity?
The Women's Ordination Conference has released a new video worth three minutes plus of your time. However one perceives the question of misogyny in the Catholic church, the issue of the role of women in the church, as second-class members, is not going away any time soon -- and it could end up defining Pope Francis' pontificate more than anyone might expect.
Global Sisters Report: Mary Bergan Blanchard became a woman priest because women are underrepresented in the world's religions. Practical, not radical, she says.
Imagine a church service so controversial that police officers are stationed down the street and throughout the congregation. People trained in crowd control and karate are scattered in the pews. Buckets are lined up along the church walls in case of bombs or fire.
A priest told her the move was called for because he wanted to avoid the perception that the Chicago archdiocese "is not firm on doctrine."
Just Catholic: I'm sure Pope Francis did not mean to insult half the human race the other day. Hello, Holy Father -- the world is watching.
A small c catholic: Humans sometimes confuse custom and culture with divine mandate. Religion falls into the trap of patriarchy for many reasons and for long periods of time.