Simply Spirit: On her feast day, I want to reflect on something St. Mary of Magdala might find puzzling: What is the big deal about recognizing women's leadership in today's Catholic faith communities?
Just Catholic: The "no-change" folks have a lot of clerical support. Some "change" folks continue to speak, but many walk away. But we know the church can change because it has, usually to maintain clerical power.
Essay, Part 5 of 5: The discussion about women deacons has always been about ministry. It has been about ministry because the ministry of women is about the needs of the church. It is not about clerical power.