I’ve never been a Catholic (although I do love the European Cathedrals…), nor do I ever plan to be one, but I came across the Women’s Ordination Conference website and felt it was worth passing along. From their website:
Founded in 1975, Women’s Ordination Conference is the oldest and largest national organization that works to ordain women as priests, deacons and bishops into an inclusive and accountable Catholic church. WOC represents the 63-70 percent of US Catholics that support women’s ordination. WOC also promotes new perspectives on ordination that call for more accountability and less separation between the clergy and laity.
Our vision is to reclaim the early Christianity tradition of a discipleship of equals. We dedicate ourselves to return the church we love back to the example of Jesus, to be a radical table community where all are invited and included. We advocate that the Roman Catholic Church affirm women’s gifts and respond by calling them to ministry and ordination. We recognize and value all ministries that meet the spiritual needs of the People of God. We celebrate our diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, language and symbol in our church community.
Reforming a movement is hard work, Luther’s attempts at reform caused a colossal split (and we now have many flavors of non-Catholic “Christianity”), but I don’t think that’s as likely to happen with the Women’s Ordination Conference. I hope as the older generation of Catholics are replaced a newer, more progressive form will step up and take it’s place, and I think being more inclusive of people of all genders will be beneficial for both the Church, and their followers.
Their mission is to
advocate and pray for the ordination of women as deacons, priests, and bishops into an inclusive and accountable Roman Catholic Church.
All churches need to be inclusive and accountable (Jesus said love your neighbor, he didn’t mean do it part-time), and all churches should allow women in prominent, active roles (another thing that CS does right, it was founded by a woman so there are slightly fewer male-patriarchy hangups).
They also made a super-catchy fun video.