A panel of women who hold Church leadership positions met to discuss “Women in Synodality” at an event hosted by the Australian Embassy to the Holy See, Georgetown University and the Jesuit magazine La Civiltа Cattolica. Source: RNS.
In October, Pope Francis launched a three-year Church-wide consultation, known as the Synod on Synodality, which will conclude with a summit of bishops at the Vatican in 2023 and is intended to engage every level of the Catholic Church, from parishes to bishops’ conferences.
The Pope’s project, if successful, is poised to increase the participation of the most marginalised groups in the Church, including women.
“Our role is to invite more and more women in, into the process, into the conversation and reflection,” said Sr Patricia Murray, executive secretary of the International Union of Superiors General and a member of the spirituality commission of the Synod. “Particularly those who feel very much neglected, or that the Church has forgotten about them or feel estranged from the Church.”
The “Women in Synodality” event on December 16 included Australian Susan Pascoe, who works on the Methodology Commission of the Synod and is the President of the Australian Council for International Development; Sr Nathalie Bequart, the first female undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops; Myriam Wijlens, one of the church’s few female canon lawyers and a consultant to the Synod of Bishops; and Sr. Beatrice Faye, a member of the Theological Commission of the synod and member of the Groupe Africain de Recherche en Philosophie Interculturelle.
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