ROME (RNS) “How can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving?” Pope Francis asked. “Today, everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless.”
(RNS) In the 40 years since America’s first female rabbi was ordained, nearly 650 female rabbis have entered the Reform movement. Yet, Jewish and Christian clergywomen still face visible and invisible obstacles in their careers.
(RNS) The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton will take over from Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, who will step down after 12 years of overseeing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, one of the country’s largest denominations.
(RNS) The new presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Elizabeth Eaton, told delegates that “We are a church that is overwhelmingly European in a culture that is increasingly pluralistic.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Rev. Helmut Schuller is the key organizer behind a group of about 430 Austrian priests who are openly challenging the hierarchy on allowing women priests, married priests, same-sex marriages and lay Catholics’ voice in the election of bishops.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Both Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby stand in stark contrast to their bookish predecessors, and they may find they have much to agree on when they have their first get-to-know-you meeting.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) While the new pope stopped far short of calling for women’s ordination or giving women more decision-making power in the church, his remarks nonetheless signaled an openness to women that’s not often seen in the church hierarchy.
The debate over ordaining women in the Catholic Church is one of the most contentious — and that’s saying something, given that Catholics are contending over just about anything these days. (Fish on Fridays? Communion in the hand? Pro multis or pro omnia?)
Now comes a new viral video from the Women’s Ordination Conference — titled “Ordain a Lady,” it is a riff on Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” That provenance alone should be enough to scare you off, if you have a daughter in the house who has played “Call Me Maybe” into her Daddy’s earworm.
LONDON (RNS) In a surprise move that shocked both sides of a years-long debate, the Church of England on Tuesday (Nov. 20) rejected an expected move to allow women bishops, preserving the church's status as one of the last bastions of male privilege in the United Kingdom. By Trevor Grundy.
(RNS) A long-running struggle between church authorities and the Rev. Roy Bourgeois over the Catholic priest’s support for ordaining women has ended with Bourgeois’ dismissal from the priesthood and his religious order, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. By David Gibson.
(RNS) Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church overwhelmingly passed a statement Tuesday (Oct. 16) calling decisions by two of its U.S. regional groups to approve ordination of women pastors “serious mistakes.” By Adelle M. Banks.
(RNS) Two U.S. regional groups of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have recently approved the ordination of women pastors, moving ahead of the worldwide church that has begun a study of the issue. By Adelle M. Banks.
WASHINGTON (RNS) As Pope Benedict XVI marks the seventh anniversary of his papacy with a crackdown on American nuns, many Catholics are wondering if the pontiff is finally becoming the papal enforcer that some feared – and others hoped – he was elected in 2005. By David Gibson.