Church must give women reason to rejoice
Some time ago, Cardinal Sean Brady asked for suggestions on the renewal of the Irish Catholic Church. He has received a number of postcards asking for the rightful inclusion of women in the church, and we find encouragement in his acknowledgement of these.
The third Sunday of Advent is named Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. We are to rejoice, because 'we too have a glorious expectation'. But what can women rejoice in, given their current exclusion from decision-making in the church? What 'glorious expectation' can they have?
We have three positive suggestions around that day. Firstly, women might focus on their role in the rebirthing of the church: by rebirthing we mean the painful shift from a patriarchal, hierarchical model of church to a relational one.