Time for change?

Women priests march on Rome asking Pope Francis to consider changing Church rules

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 20: Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he leaves St. Peter's Square at the end of the Palm Sunday Mass on March 20, 2016 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

During a celebration known as the Jubilee for Priests and Seminarians at the headquarters of the Catholic church this month, a group of women who say they have been rightly ordained as Catholic priests had their own celebration by way of a march near St. Peter’s Square.The  Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, along with the advocacy group Women’s Ordination Conference, carried a pink cardboard telephone booth with the words “Door to Dialogue” on it, sending a message to Francis and church officials that they were there, willing to discuss the possibility of the church finally allowing and recognizing female priests. The women told The Daily Beast that it was a sign of progress that they were even given a permit to march near the Vatican, and that a petition they had signed was delivered to a senior Vatican official.

Still, the Church has a longstanding policy of barring women from serving as priests. Some women who have been ordained by Catholic bishops claim they already are priests, though women who claim that are excommunicated from the church, according to the report. Cristina Moreira, of Spain, and Janice Sevre-Duszynska, of the United States, both say that they are ordained priests, and marched in the event this week in Rome.

The Women’s Ordination Conference said it’s time for the church’s policy of sexism to change.

“Opening a commission to study the diaconate for women would be a great step for the Vatican in recognizing its own history,” Kate McElwee, co-executive director of the WOC, told The Daily Beast. “Discussion on ordained ministries for women is new for the Vatican, and something we celebrate.”

Read the full story at The Daily Beast.

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