Joan Chittister and the Vatican

I have just finished reading Tom Roberts biography of Joan Chittister. I put together this reflection as a result of what I read. With acknowledgement to Tom Roberts wonderful book, about a remarkable woman:

Reading Tom Roberts biography of Joan Chittister, and in particular the account of her dealings with the Vatican, stirred up a lot of memories and emotions for me.
Joan had been invited by Myra Poole to speak at a conference on women’s ordination to be held in Dublin in 2001.

A Great few days in Rome

My few days in Rome with the Women’s Ordination Movements were both enjoyable and stimulating. I met a great many interesting people. The three young women who are in the leadership of WOW, Miriam, Kate and Erin, are so full of energy, committment and courage. It is good to know them.
Below is how the event was covered by the National Catholic Reporter:

Advocates for the ordination of women to the Roman Catholic priesthood marked the 20th anniversary of the founding of their movement in Rome with a three-day conference that culminated today with a pilgrim’s walk down the Via della Conciliazione to St.

Ordination of Women to the Priesthood

On Wednesday next I am taking part in a round table discussion on the ordination of women in Rome. This is organised by Women’s Ordination Worldwide (WOW). It is not, as you can guess, taking place in the Vatican!!
But I am glad to be there. Over the past few years I have become more and more convinced that the full equality of women is the most fundamental problem in the Catholic Church.

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