This website is dedicated to the courageous women and men
who stand against the unequal treatment of women in the Catholic Church.
It is also dedicated to the protestant sisters and brothers
who support those pushed away and share
their churches and facilities with them.
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... and I can be a priest!
Die Priesterinnen Jesus
We are not theologically illiterate!
The Hoax of the German Bishops' "Woman Deacon"
by Angelika Fromm
On May 22, 1994 a shadow fell over the celebraton of Pentecost
Fr. Stefan Hartmann on the 20th anniversary of the papal "No" to
On May 21, 2014 Martha and Gert Heizer learnt
that Rome had "excommunicated" them. Reason: "private celebrations
of the Eucharist" without the presence of a priest.
"To exclude people is
just terrible," a lady visiting the All-Catholics meeting in
Germany was shaking her head. Another visitor agreed: "Nowadays
we should be able to talk to one another. Such punishments
do not fit our day and age anymore."
Pink Smoke Over the Vatican
Kate Conmy and Erin
Sains Hanna, Womens' Ordination Conference (WOC), remind the
exclusively male leadership of the Vatican that women represent half
of the church.
Women cannot be
priests. Why? Women cannot become priests because of a bunch of old men.
These old men justify their beliefs with a brace of ridiculous arguments
that Jesus would have overturned in a minute. “Do unto others as you would
have them do to you.” What about that is hard to understand? If you can
become a priest, I can become a priest. Period. Equality. JOHN PATRICK
SHANLEY, New York Times, 2/12/2013
It Would Be Revolutionary For the Church
I Think That's What It Needs
The next pope should be a woman. I know it is not possible. It's not going
to happen just yet. It will happen one day. It would bring the Catholic
Church into the 21st century.
Attending a Mass Lead By a Woman Priest
Last Sunday we drove, kids and all, to Stuttgart to attend mass. It was not our usual
mass. We were right in the middle of it. Our eldest read the gospel.
Everyone talked about it. We shared communion with each other.
The liturgy was fresh, alive, clear and in today's language.
Persecution And Punishment: A Stone-Hearted Church That Is Revolving Around
Itself – Opinion
What is the worst sin? To hurt someone? Not to show love? Not to help? To act
against your conscience? No, the worst sin is to question the authority of the
Vatican, to dissent from the one, and only one, Vatican opinion.
Pedophile clerics, guilty of abusing children for decades, are being
protected, even supported by being moved to new locations, where they are
unknown and they can continue their crimes.
But priests, who served their communities faithfully and stood up for their
faith and for the church are being marginalized and dismissed because they do
not agree with one of the zillion doctrines, laws and rules of the Vatican.
They are servants of their church and they don't deserve being treated in
such a harsh, cold, and cruel way by the church hierarchy. In following their
conscience and the call of God, they are examples to all the faithful. They
deserve our respect and support - not excommunication, marginalization, and loss
of pension benefits. (bca)