Women and the Word Campaign Gears Up
Bishops around the U.S. are hearing from thousands of lay leaders, priests and ordinary parishioners who are sending paper and electronic postcards asking for attention to women’s biblical leadership and experience in church preaching and scripture proclamation at the 2008 Synod on the Word. Leaders from women and men’s religious communities have committed to speak and write personal letters to their bishops asking for female biblical experts to serve as consultants at the synod. Scores of organizers at over 250 Mary of Magdala celebrations distributed hundreds of postcards and forwarded e-postcard email appeals.
With parishes languishing because of the priest shortage and more women ministers in the U.S. Church than diocesan priests, expanding the number of church ministers to preach and proclaim the Good News will be a long overdue blessing.
Responses to the Lineamenta or synod outline from dioceses around the world are due back at the Vatican on November 4. U.S. dioceses are preparing their responses right now for compilation by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. To send your own e-postcard, order paper postcards and read the preliminary synod outline and an analysis, visit the FutureChurch Women and the Word site.