Tuesday 25 September 2018

Comment - Church must now stop strangling female voices

Pope Francis embraces new cardinal Kevin Farrell during a ceremony to install 17 new cardinals at the Vatican in 2016. Photo: Reuters
Pope Francis embraces new cardinal Kevin Farrell during a ceremony to install 17 new cardinals at the Vatican in 2016. Photo: Reuters

Sarah MacDonald

If the Catholic Church is serious about a "deeper theology for women" or a better understanding of the "feminine genius", as Pope Francis has called for on many occasions, then its first step must be to stop strangulating women's voices.

Freedom of thought and expression is a basic human right which the Church still grapples with by clamping down on those who ask searching questions.

Francis himself has said: "Women in the Church are more important than bishops and priests."

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