‘What About Me? Women and the Catholic Church’
Sharon will address this topic on Monday, 14 October, 2019
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Speaker: Dr Sharon Tighe-Mooney
Title: ‘What About Me? Women and the Catholic Church’
Venue: Mercy International Centre, 64A Baggot Street, Dublin 2
Time: 7.30pm to 9.15pm (Cuppa and chat from 7.00 pm)
Date: Monday 14th of October 2019
See: “Women in the Church: Reading the Signs of the Time” on a statement from a meeting of about 100 Catholic women religious in India:
My first reaction was a “good on them!”
This is just so refreshing and uplifting to read. Sometimes however I fear that the very mention of Women in the Catholic Church is as much a turn off as the Brexit talks are to most of us on these two islands. I bet there will be few responses here even though most of you good people reading this page are probably in favour of greater equality. We are really talking about plain and simple justice, are we not.
Fr. Victor Sagayam Z wants the church to change laws and practices that are ‘counter to the teachings of Christ, who stood for freedom and dignity of humans.
Only then will the Catholic life become more relevant in the modern time,” he said.
Well of course Christ treated everyone the same and is our purpose not to follow him? Are we really following in his footsteps though? Are we?
The participants said that the consultation encouraged them to ‘bring about transformation in ourselves and in the church in keeping with the vision of Christ.”
That is the challenge, isn’t it, to bring about transformation in ourselves. We need to start with our own attitudes, our own mindset and learn to respect each other and to value the God given talents meted out to us by our Creator who made each one of us in his own image. Are we truly following Jesus if we put up barriers and treat one section as lesser than another?
The Catholic Church is becoming more and more irrelevant to young people. How do we explain to our granddaughters that women are equal to men if in the Church they are given the exact opposite message?
Sadly too, subservience is so much part of the tradition of behaviour in Catholic women in the Church that it will take time to eradicate. We could start with a conference on Women in the Church and begin the process of listening, really listening with the fervent and sincere view to changing our attitudes.
The Church cannot survive without women. Respect us!