Women full participants in Church
"I am convinced of the urgency of offering space to women in the life of the Church and to welcoming them, taking into account specific and changing cultural and social sensitivities. … A more widespread and incisive female presence in the community is hoped for so that we can see many women involved in pastoral responsibilities, in the accompaniment of persons, families and groups, as well as in theological reflection." Pope Francis called for "new criteria and methods to ensure women feel they are not guests, but full participants in the various spheres of the life of society and the church. … This challenge can no longer be postponed. … All institutions, including the church community, are called to ensure freedom of choice for women, so that they have the possibility to take on social and ecclesial responsibilities in a way that is in harmony with family life."
— Pope Francis to the Pontifical Council for Culture on Feb. 7
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