Women in Church Leadership
Women and the Word
Women and the Word: End the Silencing of Catholic Women

Goals, Strategies and Actions for Your Community and Diocese


At present, women's voices are silenced in our churches. Stories of female biblical leaders are omitted or made optional in our lectionary and women, indeed all lay people, have recently been forbidden to preach at Mass even though canon law allows it. No pastoral attention is given to teaching or exemplifying Jesus' and St. Paul's inclusion of women leaders There is a known deficit in Catholic educational institutions teaching about biblical women leaders and women in Church history. This packet is designed to give you suggestions for concrete actions that you and your faith community can take to education and advocate to correct this silencing.

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