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Ireland's Mary McAleese describes Francis as "a disappointment in relation to women," while Voices of Faith puts forth proposals to reform the Curia's hiring practices.
Organizers of the Voices of Faith event have blasted the Vatican for reportedly withholding permission for three of its 2018 speakers, including former Irish president Mary McAleese.
The discussion on women's participation in church structures may have been the first such public conversation to take place at the center of the Catholic hierarchy.
Voices of Faith will feature storytelling presentations from 10 women from various parts of the world who have overcome adversity or have reached the highest places available for women.