Catholic women from the Diocese of Parramatta will be given the chance to share their views on the opportunities and barriers to their participation in the Catholic Church at a special consultation event. Source: Catholic Outlook.
The event, called 'Catholic Women Speak' is to be held at Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta on June 21, and is an initiative of the Council for Australian Catholic Women, an advisory group to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference which was established to ensure that the dignity of women is honoured and their gifts are given space to flourish for the sake of the Church’s life and mission.
The consultation is open to women of all ages who identify as Catholic including those who may feel disconnected from parish life.
Andrea Dean, Director of the Office for the Participation of Women, said the Council is keen to hear from a range of women about their experience of belonging to the Church. Women who are unable to be present can complete an online survey to ensure that their views are heard.
“While we cannot make immediate changes to the Church or take away the pain of women who have been hurt by the Church, research and experience shows us the people appreciate being heard and being taken seriously,” Andrea said.
“When people feel ignored and excluded it impacts on morale and wellbeing. Ultimately the evidence we gather is passed on the leaders of the Catholic Church in an effort improve the inclusiveness and diversity of the Church.”
Dr Sandie Cornish, who is a long-time promoter of social justice, especially regarding women’s participation in the Church, will open the consultation session with a presentation on Women in Church History.
Other initiatives of the Council for Australian Catholic Women include Leadership for Mission which develops the leadership capacity of women aged 25- 35 years and a triannual Colloquium to bring women to together from across Australia for input and conversation. The Council also supports Catholic Women’s Mentoring which aims to foster the empowerment of all Australian Catholic women.
Opportunities and barriers to women’s participation in the Catholic Church (Catholic Outlook)