CNN featured the Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement on its Emmy-nominated American Morning show today, September 16, 2010. Rev. Andrea Johnson and Rev. Gloria Carpeneto were interviewed and shown leading a small Eucharistic community of mostly women. The footage was compelling. Except for the gender of the celebrants, this could have been a regular parish mass.
tCNN was also fascinated by the “secret bishop” whose ordinations of the original women started all this, noting that his identity will not be known until he passes away. They also pointed out – thanks to John Allen – that large majorities of Catholics favor the ordination of women. But the women did say that they did not expect to be legitimized in their lifetimes.
Still, this is a story that won’t go away. Women are rising in leadership in faith traditions across the board, especially mainstream Protestantism and Judaism. Denominations that refuse to treat women with equality will find it very hard to grow in the 21st century.
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