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Our work is cost effective because:

we are building up an Internet library that will provide enlightenment to millions of men and women in the Church:
* easily accessible to all;
* in the major languages spoken by people in the Church;
* ranging from eminently readible to highly academic in scope.

  1. Lasting results.
    Our work produces documents on the women priests’ issue which, once copied and edited, are added to our permanent collection. We are building up an internet library. We are not producing texts that disappear once they are out of date.
  2. The multiplier factor.
    Your donation pays for the central office facilities that enable our 45+ volunteers to work for our website without demanding pay. Our annual costs are £ 49,000, but it enables us to benefit from free work equivalent to at least £ 150,000 a year.
  3. Website statistics.
    Sr. Anne Miller FMM, chair of Housetop TrustOur statistics show that our website attracts about 200,000 visitors a year. Between them they read and download 1,300,000 documents a year. These figures will increase dramatically, with our translations catching on. Already more than 170 Church-related sites have put a link to us.
  4. Educative contribution.
    Since we concentrate on providing reliable information, we contribute to future reform of the Church in a substantial way. No change will be possible without a thorough re-education.
  5. Long-term value.
    The discussion on women priests will move through various stages:
    * getting Church authorities to re-consider the ordination of women,
    * preparing the faithful for this change,
    * implementing the recruitment and insertion of women candidates into the priestly ministry.
    During all those stages our basic documentation will retain its value, even if the emphasis of presentation may need to be adapted in the course of time.

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Wijngaards Institute for Catholic ResearchThis website is maintained by the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research.

The Institute is known for issuing academic reports and statements on relevant issues in the Church. These have included scholars' declarations on the need of collegiality in the exercise of church authority, on the ethics of using contraceptives in marriage and the urgency of re-instating the sacramental diaconate of women.

Visit also our websites:Women Deacons, The Body is Sacred and Mystery and Beyond.

You are welcome to use our material. However: maintaining this site costs money. We are a Charity and work mainly with volunteers, but we find it difficult to pay our overheads.


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