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.
Women and religion
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.
Simply Spirit: A recent trip to archeological sites of women leaders in the early church in Rome was both hopeful and energizing.
Just Catholic: This letter is an invitation to men to use our faith's resources to shape their lives so that they better protect their own dignity and basic rights.
Just Catholic: Folks can't get enough of Francis. But he's still a Latin American male. Will he do anything for the women of the church and of the world?
From Where I Stand: Without the input of women, humanity sees with only one eye, hears with one ear and thinks with only one half of the human mind.