Women in a Church of Mercy
Fifty years since the Second Vatican Council issued groundbreaking documents on the church in the modern world the way the church engages women has remained vague and uncertain, and leaves many feeling like strangers in their own home. Pope Francis acknowledges the need to "ensure women feel they are not guests, but full participants in the various spheres of the life of society and the church" and has named a commission to explore women's diaconate in the Roman Catholic Church. How might this impact women in a Church of Mercy?
Through the lens of love, mercy and power, this presentation deliberately engages the voice of women in the gospels and tradition and exhorts the magisterium to recognize and invite women in conversation to guide the church in these times and the centuries to come.
Kiefer, Karen M., "Women in a Church of Mercy" (2016). Forum Lectures. 162.