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Majority of Irish Catholic women feel unappreciated by Church

Catholic World News - November 04, 2010

A newly published study conducted by Trinity College Dublin has found that 74% of Irish Catholic women believe that they are not treated with respect by the Church.

“It was strongly felt that, while women make up two-thirds of the congregation, they have little say or role within the Church and its structures,” stated a separate report issued after listening sessions in the Diocese of Ossory. “It was felt that if more people, particularly women, had been involved in leadership roles in the Church, the manner in which the abuse allegations were dealt with would have been different.”

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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Nov. 04, 2010 9:30 PM ET USA

    I don't think most men OR women who knew about the abuse scandals did enough to stop this evil - period. However, ss for the Irish women's unhappiness with the Church - I don't think our Lord considers any soul ' piffle'. And when it's three quarters of the women in a country, it's seems a pretty serious matter. Our Lord showed deep respect for women. I don't believe He would want us trivializing and turning our back on so very many souls.

  • Posted by: Wolf of Gubbio - Nov. 04, 2010 7:17 PM ET USA

    ...The whole point of Christianity is to serve God with pure love and to deny ourselves and pick up our cross. It's a lot easier to be involved in parish committees and liturgy groups in order to feel useful and special, than it is to truly die to all things in Christ. The cross is hard work.Hence this whole daft debate. It misses the point.''

  • Posted by: Wolf of Gubbio - Nov. 04, 2010 7:16 PM ET USA

    I left this comment over at the Irish Catholic website: ''What about young men? There are hardly any young men at Mass. I'm one of only a few. Why are young men avoiding Mass? Maybe because the Mass has been banalised and feminised and emasculated. Yet there are lots of women at Mass. Most Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are women for example. But all of this misses the point completely...

  • Posted by: kmbold - Nov. 04, 2010 6:45 PM ET USA

    Succinctly and elegantly stated, Gil123.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Nov. 04, 2010 6:38 PM ET USA

    Here in the USA, the bishops' chanceries were full of female staffers, many at high levels, when the abuse cover-ups were at their height. Maybe the Irish women have other, more valid, reasons for resentment, but this one doesn't hold water.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Nov. 04, 2010 2:54 PM ET USA

    Piffle.

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