Organizers and delegates to the third international women’s ordination conference, finishing a three-day conference here, said they were leaving with a renewed energy and purpose.
Women ordination advocates joined in a liturgical celebration Sunday morning which turned into an energetic sendoff ceremony.
Church historian says: “In the past, ordination referred to the selection and installment of a person by their own community to a position, or office, or function really, within that community ... to any function considered of service to the Christian community."
Priests explain their diverse journeys in support of women's ordination at WOW conference in Philadelphia.
Sharp traditional distinctions between male and female that formed traditional Catholic theology over centuries have dissolved in recent times challenging church teachings.
Today’s selection from Wisdom sounds like a playground war: “Get him! He thinks he’s too smart! Goody two-shoes, just you wait and see!” (There should probably be all kinds of “$##¡@&**@!” representing the colorful language used by our preteen perpetrators.)
'If Argentines don't seize this moment, it is because we are the biggest fools in the world for wasting this spiritual awakening he brought to our churches.'
As women ordination advocates trickled in from around the globe, Women’s Ordination Worldwide 2015 (WOW) got underway here just one week before Pope Francis is set to step foot in the city.
Inspired by Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, 169 leaders of Catholic higher education around the globe -- including 96 presidents of U.S. schools -- signed a pledge to address Francis’ environmental concerns, in particular climate change, within their institutions’ research and engagements.
The archbishop emphasized that the church and labor “share so much in common when it comes to standing with those left behind or left out."