from Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus
Report on the Participation of Women
in the Catholic Church in Australia.
Published by Harper Collins Relgious, 1999, pp. 392.
Those who show satisfaction with the current role of women in the church
Those who seek to expand the current role of women in the church.
Seek maintenance of the status quo or a return to traditional teachings, piety and values
Call for renewal based on the vision of Jesus and the Gospels
Stress obedience to the Pope and the hierarchical Church
Desire to see the spirit and vision of the Second Vatican Council implemented with emphasis on the Church as the People of God
Refer to Church documents, especially the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Refer to Scripture and the early Church
Emphasise authority and doctrine
Stress the need to consider contemporary biblical and theological scholarship
Are concerned that tolerance undermines truth
Value diversity in unity and the breakdown of discrimination
Highlight the traditional role of women as wives and mothers, and in consecrated life
Highlight the increasingly varied contribution of women to society and to the Church
Are concerned that men and boys are not sufficiently present and active in the Church
Display feelings of pain and alienation concerning the limitations on the role of women in the Church
Emphasise concerns about worldly influences, involving secular pressures, consumerism and the secular culture
Experience as a scandal that the wider society is leading the way concerning the equality of women
See the Church as being in conflict with a hostile world
Lament the failure of the institutional Church to read the "signs of the times" concerning the equality of women
Express concerns regarding the lack of Catholic ethos and sound teaching in Catholic education
Identify the value of the large group of theologically educated women in Australia
Perceive that women seeking ordination seek power and status
Perceive that women seeking ordination wish to be of service to the Church
Believe that feminism is incompatible with Church teaching
Value moderate feminism
Are comfortable with exclusive social language and religious
Call for the use of inclusive religious language and imagery and inclusive social language
For other findings see:
- Selected Excerpts
- Patriarchal and Hierarchical Nature of the Church Seen as the Fundamental Barrier to Women's Participation
- Dominant Common Characteristics of Perceptions Concerning the Participation of Women in the Church
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