Page 2, 23rd February 1990

23rd February 1990
Page 2
Page 2, 23rd February 1990 — Women demand a role
Close

Report an error

Noticed an error on this page?
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it.

Tags

People: Joanna Moorhead

Share


Related articles

I Wish To Take Issue With Dr Anton Rauscher's Account Of...

Page 4 from 10th July 1992

'dissenting' Groups Remain In Directory

Page 3 from 14th December 2001

By Joanna Moorhead

Page 1 from 26th May 1989

Outside Yet Within The Church

Page 7 from 18th May 1990

Pressures On Women

Page 5 from 4th July 1975

Women demand a role

by Joanna Moorhead CATHOLIC women's organisations in the Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and South Tyrol have published a joint statement calling for equality and inclusion in church power structures.

The statement, entitled "Women in the Church", says women should be able to contribute their own special gifts and talents at all levels of the church on an equal footing with men. It demands a fundamental reassessment of the nature of women so that "the high estimation of motherhood does not limit women to finding their sole, recognisable fulfulment as mothers".

The organisations, which were formerly more traditional Catholic women's leagues before undergoing a radical period of reform, also ask for a new approach to understanding the Bible, enabling it to be seen "as a means of liberation and salvation and not an instrument misused to dominate women".

Other demands are for a reopening of the debate on women's ordination; for women theologians to be given equal consideration when they apply for teaching posts; and for inclusive language in the liturgy.

"A one-sided male-orientated church can only change through patient, constant effort on a broad basis," the statement says.




blog comments powered by Disqus