Church must ordain women
Sir - This year has the potential to be an important year for Irish Catholics. The scheduled visit of Pope Francis provides an opportunity for us all to reflect on our roles within the Church, and indeed the position of the Church itself within Irish society.
The reality is that the Catholic Church in Ireland has been in decline for more than a decade, as evidenced by a dramatic fall-off in regular church attendances, and in this context, I believe it is imperative that we evaluate the role of women in the Church as a matter of urgency.
In many areas of life in Ireland and elsewhere, women have gained or are gaining parity with their male counterparts. It is simply unacceptable in this day and age that women remain excluded from the Sacrament of Priesthood in the Church.