Saturday 22 July 2017

Pope's promising start gives reformists hope

• Pope Francis's washing of the feet of women on Holy Thursday – previously a male-only preserve – (Irish Independent, March 29), combined with his adoption of the humble principles of his namesake, highlights once again the promising movement by the current Bishop of Rome away from the trappings of an intransigent, over-indulgent church.

My parish, St Michael's in Inchicore, has long promoted the involvement of women in all aspects of a more inclusive, community-based pastoral engagement, both in our words (the promotion of gender-inclusive language in scripture) and in our deeds – particularly evident in our celebrations of Holy Week and the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Female members of our congregation led many aspects of our activities, particularly evident on Good Friday in the Passion of the Christ and the Adoration of The Cross.

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