Religion: Listening to The Voices of Women

U.S. bishops grapple with the sin of sexism in the church

Consider these assertions: for centuries "sexist attitudes" have tainted Roman Catholicism. Even today some priests "assume they have the right to dominate women." Nuns feel "alienated"; lesbians speak of the "pain of exclusion." Women are "underrepresented or not represented at all" in church administration. A "significant number" are convinced that becoming priests will be the "only way to attain full participation." Many Catholic women feel that the official teaching against artificial birth control is "oppressive." Some are upset that "the dialogue about abortion appears to be closed."

Sound like a feminist tract? In fact, those observations come from the first draft...

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