We rejoice in the fact that other Christian Churches, after prayer
and reflection, have decided to ordain women. For us it is
confirmation that the Holy Spirit is guiding the
Christian community in the right direction.
On our website, we present a lot of information on the process by which Sister
Churches have come to the recognition that women should fully share in all the
ministries. We have published classic ecumenical
documentation belonging to this process of Christian discernment.
We hope that supporters of the ordination of women in Sister
Churches will help us achieve the same reform in the Catholic Church. At the
same time we know from the feedback we receive that even in Churches that now
ordain women, there are still people who find it difficult to accept this
development. The arguments on our website help them at times
come to terms with women in the ministries.
The Church of England
"Those of us in the Church of England who long to see women at all
levels in the ordained ministries, welcome and applaud the work of the women
priests' campaign in the Roman Catholic Church (www.womenpriests.org).
We share a common vision of the equality of all people as a fundamental
expression of the Gospel and believe God calls people regardless of gender.
Let us support Women Priests with our prayers and with our active
involvement and collaboration."
Chair of National WATCH (Women and
the Church) and one of our
The Methodist Church
"Fifty years ago, we had to campaign, against opposition in the
Methodist Conference, for the ordination of women in the Methodist Church. One
charge made against us was that this would be an anti-ecumenical move. We
always believed that the ministry of women is a gift of the Holy Spirit to
the whole Church. We rejoiced with our Anglican sisters when they too
were eventually accepted into holy orders. Let us now support our Roman
Catholic sisters and brothers in their campaign for a fully inclusive
Pauline Webb, President Ecumenical Network for Women
in Ministry and one of our
When my Church, the Church of England, began to ordain women,
I offered myself for training. But I could not shake off deep-seated doubts
about it truly being Gods will for me as a woman. Coming across your
website was an act of grace. I saw the evidence in a fresh light. Last year I
was ordained for my diocese. Thank you.