The coalition of international groups supporting women's ordination marked the 20th anniversary of the movement's founding with a three-day conference in Rome.
Women's Ordination Worldwide
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.