Women in the Church
LIVING THE CATHOLIC FAITH IN THE 3RD MILLENIUM
A LAYMAN'S LOOK AT THE JOURNEY OF FAITH

Women in the Church

AROUND SYNOD OF BISHOPS, WOMEN PRESS FOR GREATER SPACE 
Seminaries and vocational schools are bursting with women. There is no lack of women desperate to serve the Church and there is no space for them.
JESUS FOUNDED A MOVEMENT LED BY BOTH WOMEN AND MEN 
Vatican statements are invariably ahistorical and biblically naive. It is embarrassing. Worse, they bear false witness to the Jesus of history.
WOMEN DEACONS WON'T SOLVE THE CHURCH'S PROBLEMS 
Let's ordain women deacons--and also rethink ordained ministry in the church. Why not open up the conversation about doing away with the transitional diaconate, as well?
'AMERICA' MAGAZINE'S SURVEY OF WOMEN IN THE CHURCH 
One of the most disturbing conclusions from the survey is that women are increasingly disengaging from the life of the Church.
DO WOMEN HAVE A FUTURE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH? 
No denomination has suffered as acutely as the Roman Catholic Church from the changes remaking American Christianity.
BLESSED, BUT ALSO ORDAINED - THE CHANGING CONVERSATION ON WOMEN DEACONS 
Based on the public comments of two commission members, it’s apparent that it strengthens the case that women “deaconesses” of ancient times were really ordained deacons.
COMMENDING PHOEBE 
The discussion of female deacons should not forestall a much-needed discussion about promoting laywomen, and laymen, to leadership roles with real decision-making authority.
CATHOLIC WOMEN ARE LEAVING THE CHURCH. THIS GROUP WANTS THEM TO LEAD IT 
The Catholic Church is failing to engage Catholic women. An interview with Elise Italiano, executive director of The GIVEN Institute, about what they’re doing to help Catholic women lead inside and outside the church.
CATHOLIC WOMEN; GRACIOUS TO A FAULT 
What do women want from the Church? That’s a good and important question. And an international gathering of women this past Tuesday at the Vatican could have been a place to find some honest answers.
CONSTRUCTING A NEW THEOLOGY OF WOMEN 
How can a church with all-male leadership develop the “deep theology of women” Pope Francis called for? Step one: Ask women.
DEACONS, WOMEN AND THE CALL TO SERVE 
A special web round-table discussion sponsored by America Media and the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture.
DON'T JUST TALK ABOUT WOMEN IN THE CHURCH; TALK TO WOMEN IN THE CHURCH 
Pope Francis has opened a door to new thoughts about women’s roles in the church. Since then, there have been scattered responses.
GET THE FACTS IN ORDER; A HISTORY OF WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP 
The church has a history of women in leadership and authority roles. Why is it hidden?
NAMING THE 333 WOMEN IN THE BIBLE 
While some biblical women are nameless and silent figures, others are movers and shakers in their own rights.
'NEVER' OR 'NEVER LIKELY'? 
Putting Pope Francis' comments on women's ordination in historical context
'KNOCK, KNOCK. WHO'S THERE? MORE THAN HALF THE CHURCH!' 
Sidelined for too long, women aren't going away. Perhaps the utter scandal to which an all-male clerical culture has subjected the church will finally force a change.
PEW STUDY FINDS WOMEN GENERALLY MORE RELIGIOUS THAN MEN 
Christian women are more likely to attend weekly religious services than men, study finds
TAKE THESE GIFTS 
The numbers show advancement in leadership—but not enough. Much more can and should be done to ensure that women have meaningful leadership roles in the church today.
THE BIBLE THROUGH HER EYES 
Scripture scholar Barbara Reid says women have something powerful to offer when interpreting the Bible.
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SHOULD ENCOURAGE WOMEN LEADERS 
Women should no longer be consigned to riding the bench. They have many callings—to speak, to lead, to minister.
THE HUMBLE, INDISPENSABLE WOMEN LEADING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH YOU'VE (PROBABLY) NEVER HEARD OF 
Women look around in the secular world, and there’s a lot of doors open to them, but they look at the church and they see this door that is closed to them.
UNEXPECTED WOMEN 
A new series of essays from U.S. Catholic Magazine highlights the voices of daring, persistent, stubborn, and defiant Catholic women.
WHAT WOMEN WANT 
It’s fair to say that no one in the hierarchy has publicly asked such a question of women, who make up more than half of the church’s baptized members.
WHAT THE DEBATE OVER DEACONS GETS WRONG ABOUT CATHOLIC WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP 
When we focus so narrowly on the question, we fail to see the ways Catholic women can — and already do—lead.
START A NEW CHURCH? WOMEN DESERVE BETTER THAN WISE CRACKS 
The church can ill-afford to be so discouraging toward women.
WOMEN & THE DIACONATE 
The Catholic Church now has a stronger theology of women deacons than it did during the time of Paul VI, but the political conditions for such a development are now less auspicious.
COULD MARY MAGDALENE BE PART OF THE MODERN “#METOO” MOVEMENT? 
The misunderstanding of Mary Magdalene’s identity points to a deeper problem in Catholic thought.