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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 We are not producing texts that disappear once they are out of date.

Our ‘assembly line’

Many people do not realise the time and work required for this kind of work. We need to research the material, locate a printed article or book in a library, obtain it for perusal, scan its text into the computer, acquire permissions from authors & publishers, edit the text for printing mistakes, then provide it, in html-format, with all the necessary ‘links’. Extra work is also involved by getting the text translated into other languages. Producing one more document for our collection usually involves its moving along on a ‘conveyor belt’ from one person to the next.

To give an idea of how many documents we have at present in our internet library ( 1 October 2002):

Completed Documents on our website
(1 Oct 2002)
English French German Italian Dutch Spanish Polish Portuguese
1800+ 271 146 282 187 107 14 17

Between these documents we have laid more than 32,500 internal ‘links’. Visitors to our German section, for instance, are led on to English texts once German documents are exhausted. Spanish-speaking visitors are led on to French, then English; and so on. We create a ‘web’ of information!

We also offer 600+ images and illustrations, among them the following picture galleries:

  • picture gallery of Mary Priest (14 images)
  • picture meditations on Mary of Magdala (15 images)
  • poem & art meditations on the New Woman (18 images)
  • picture gallery of ordained Anglican women bishops (5 images)
  • picture gallery of Catholic women called to the priesthood (20 images)

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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.

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