The International Movement to Ordain Women Priests

By Melissa Ross

As cardinals in Rome move closer to selecting a new pope, the ordination of women most decidedly won’t be on their agenda.

But for millions of Catholics around the world, equality for women in the Roman Catholic Church IS a pressing matter.

The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests says it plans to hold its own conference in Rome as the papal conclave meets, and to send up pink smoke to show their support for ordaining women.

You may not have realized that an international movement of ordained female priests is challenging the Roman Catholic patriarchy. The all-male leadership within the Church does not recognize these women’s ministry, although it is growing. And in fact, male priests who have publicly supported the idea of women’s ordination have been reprimanded or even dismissed.

After Pope Benedict’s surprise resignation, supporters of reform in the Catholic Church have voiced hopes best online casino that his successor would not only give a greater voice to women parishioners but also reconsider rules on priestly celibacy.

Said Erin Saiz Hanna, director of the advocacy group the Women’s Ordination Conference, “The current system remains an ‘old boys club’ and does not allow for women’s voices to participate in the decision of the next leader of our Church.”

“The people of the Church are desperate for a leader who will be open to dialogue, and will have the courage to create systems that will address the sexism, exclusion, and abuse in our Church,” she said.

You can learn more about the movement to ordain women as priests in the Catholic Church at


melissaAbout the Author
First Coast Connect  host/producer Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting. As executive producer of The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State, Melissa and WJCT received an Emmy in the “Documentary” category at the 2011 Suncoast Emmy Awards.