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Women’s consultation group created within pontifical council

March 08, 2017

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, has created a 37-member women’s consultation group as a permanent body within the pontifical council.

The pontifical council explained:

Pope Francis has often emphasized the need to listen to women and find space for a responsible collaboration in daily life at all levels … Members include followers of different religions and non-believers and they offer a women’s perspective on the Dicastery’s activities. They participate by offering advice and opinions. In some circumstances, at the explicit invitation of the cardinal President, they also offer proposals and carry out actions for the Pontifical Council for Culture.


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  • Posted by: visions - Mar. 10, 2017 3:29 PM ET USA

    It seems like no one is in charge, and everyone is in charge. Make it up as you go along.

  • Posted by: feedback - Mar. 08, 2017 12:27 PM ET USA

    "Members include followers of different religions and non-believers" so, the female gender is their only common characteristic. I'm predicting that the group's main, if not the only, agenda will be calling for the ordination of women to Catholic Priesthood.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 08, 2017 11:43 AM ET USA

    "Members include followers of different religions and non-believers." Sounds like another committee. Are committees like these intended to placate a guilty conscience, to more fully align with PC, or to move Catholicism "forward;" e.g., to leave medieval "symbols" behind? How is it that a "consultation group" can wield the authority to "carry out actions" for a pontifical council? Opinions from diverse and even hostile witnesses can certainly inform, but to influence magisterial actions?