Monday, 3 March 2014

Thoughts from our Chaplain - male & female, He created them.

On the 6, 12 and 20 March the Parish will have reflections on “The Role of Women within the Catholic Church”.

Quite accidentally – or providentially – this week I was emailed an article from Holland by Sr Joan Chittister, O.S.B. For over 30 years she has written about both Religious Life and the role of women in the Church and the world. 

In this article she is very pleased that Pope Francis wants to have a study about women. But she wonders who will be entrusted with this task, asking herself “The same clerical, patriarchal types, who have already done that for two thousand years? …The most important question will be on which anthropology, theology and science will this time the ideas about women be based? Pope Francis has won the hearts of people by acting humbly, simply and pastorally. Just as Jesus he is a man for the poor. However, no one can really speak for the poor, if he doesn’t also come up for the equality of women.” Joan is absolutely convinced that equality is still not there.

I’m sure the three speakers will highlight different aspect of this topic and thus come along to hear more about it and most likely have a very lively discussion on it.

However, let us just keep in mind that right from the beginning equality was there, God creating both Adam and Eve in his own image and likeness.

Piet Wijngaard, O.Carm.

1 comment:

  1. Yes Adam and Eve the one whole image .yet there has alway been a inbalance in our world if we look round now we see we see a world run by men for men we also the most base animal instinct war. For the church and the world to be come balance you must bring together both part of god image male and female or there will be no peace in the world or in the church