A Call for Gender Equality in the Catholic Church
A minor assembly of demonstrators convened to push for the ordination of females on Wednesday while Pope Francis was conducting the inaugural Mass for a three-week conference focusing on the Catholic Church’s future in St. Peter’s Square. Prior to the commencement of the Mass, they displayed an enormous purple sign in a nearby square that read “Ordain Women.”
Females have for an extended period voiced their grievances about being perceived as inferior members within the church. They are excluded from priesthood and the upper echelons of authority but are tasked with the majority of church-related duties. These duties include instructing in Catholic educational institutions, administering Catholic healthcare facilities, and imparting religious beliefs to forthcoming generations.
They have consistently called for an increased role in church administration, at the minimum to have voting privileges during the intermittent synods at the Vatican. Additionally, they seek the right to deliver sermons during Mass and to be consecrated as priests or deacons.
Advocates for female deacons have for numerous years contended that women served as deacons in the early phases of the church. They argue that reinstating this role would not only benefit the church but also acknowledge the unique contributions that women can offer.
Pope Francis has initiated two investigative committees to delve into the matter. Although he was urged to contemplate this issue during a prior synod focusing on the Amazon region, he has yet to implement any alterations.