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Fr Mark's progressive Anglo-Catholic take on European Christianity

  • This is my collection of material about the current state of the churches in Europe. I am interested in looking at how they are dealing with the pressing issues of our time: the issues of gay people and women in ministry/ leadership are particularly pressing at the moment, as is the area of declining church attendance.

    I would like to see how Europe's traditional religious institutions are coping with the new Europe currently being forged, in which public opinion and ethical attitudes are becoming inceasingly pan-European, and are evidently presenting a series of strong challenges for the churches.

United Kingdom – women priests

Posted by Fr Mark on August 27, 2010

London bus ads to back women priests during pope’s visit

From Reuters, 25.8.10:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE67M1Q220100825

Pope Benedict will be confronted by posters on London’s famous red buses during his trip to the British capital next month which will call for the ordination of women priests.

Protests are planned throughout his four-day trip to England and Scotland, the first papal visit since Pope John Paul II’s pastoral visit in 1982 and the first-ever official papal visit to Britain.

One group of women, the Catholic Women’s Ordination (CWO), will have its message plastered on the side of the buses as they travel along key routes, including past Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster, where the pope is set to deliver a speech to Britain’s civic society on Friday, September 17.

The group has paid 15,000 pounds for 15 buses to carry the message “Pope Benedict – Ordain Women Now!” for a month.

“We do not want to be disruptive, but I think the church has got to change or it will not survive,” CWO spokeswoman Pat Brown told Reuters.

“I am quite hopeful at the moment because I think the church is in disarray.”

It also hopes to protest outside Lambeth Palace during a meeting between the pope and Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual head of the Church of England, the Anglican mother church.

Set up in 1993, the CWO describes itself as loyal to the Roman Catholic Church, campaigning from within for inclusivity and the ordination of women.

It was angered by a Vatican document last month which mentioned the ordination of women amid sweeping revisions of its laws against child sex abuse. The Vatican later denied accusations it viewed the two issues as equally criminal.

The CWO has also launched a group “Catholic Voices for Reform” to coincide with the pope’s visit to counter “Catholic Voices,” a media-friendly group which has the backing of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

They will go head-to-head on controversial matters such as child abuse, women’s ordination, married priests, homosexuality and the way the church is run.

CWO will not be taking part in the main demonstration against the pope’s visit, which is being organised under the umbrella banner “Protest the Pope,” which includes humanists, secularists and gay rights campaigners.

Tens of thousands of Catholics are expected to attend the three major public events in Glasgow, London and Birmingham, with many lining the streets to greet the pope in his Popemobile.

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One Response to “United Kingdom – women priests”

  1. Katy Zatsick said

    Way to go CWO in London! Here in the USA, Boston did a series with signs on taxi cabs but your bus signs sure are a step up and definitely going in the “right direction.” Many thanks and wish I could be there to participate in all your events. I was ordained RCWP in Feb 2010 and attended the closing of the Year of the Priest in Rome! Women (and men of good will) must step up and live “We Are the Church!” Yes to you all and many blessings in the month ahead.

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