The People Speak Out

Local voices connecting globally

This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.  (Pope Francis)

Canon Law 212 calls upon the laity to speak up:

2 - The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.

§3. - According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.

Women in the Church articles

My main objective in writing to you is to let you know that the reform I feel is needed in the Catholic Church is for women to be admitted to the decision making processes in the Church and also to have their vocations recognised. Women are called by God in various ways to follow Christ in the Church and the world. Women are being called to the priesthood but this is not recognised by the male dominated hierarchy of the Church.

God is saying to the Hierarchy and to Pope Francis, “Why have these women not been allowed to enter the vineyard?”

We women with vocations from God will in the end be allowed to enter the vineyard – we are so sorely needed now more than at any time in history. There are so many attacks on Christianity. It is severely under threat from the uninterested West to the destructive East.

The message is – God is calling us to serve as priests in the Catholic Church. How much longer will the Pope and the decision making Hierarchy be deaf to God’s call to women?

Please enter these comments in your Report to Synod.

Kathryn Graham
Member, CWO (Catholic Women’s Ordination)

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