Dear Pope Francis,
As a non practicing Catholic, I have looked upon your election to the papacy with hope. You are humanizing the Catholic Church and making it more accessible to Catholics who have been barred from participating in the rituals of a Church most of them love and financially support.
But dear Pope Francis, there is a gorilla sitting in the corner of the room that the Catholic Church hierarchy continue to ignore. The gorilla is the lack of respect for women and women’s rights.
When is the Church going to invite women to the altar to celebrate mass? There are so many good women in your Church who yearn to be full participants. These women are already leading the life Christ ordained as holy. When are you going to exert your influence so that they can completely participate in the holy life they are leading. The time for women to be ordained is now.
Praying this change will come soon,
This post is written in response to an assignment for Writing 101. I am writing it to amplify on a comment I made in response to The Francis Blindspot by Gina Messina-Dysert which can be found at Feminismand religion.com.
I will continue to write on this subject on Friday by introducing you to Sister Helen Cole.