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Welcome to Catholic Women's Ordination

CWO began in March 1993 as a national (UK) group of women and men who care deeply about the Roman Catholic Church. We want to be a part of building a church community that truly lives the justice demanded by Jesus; a justice which demands that women be equal with men.
 

Women equal with men means not only that women have the opportunity to fulfil their own vocation, but also that the Church community benefits from their experience and their strengths in the ministerial priesthood.
 

We are a forum to examine, challenge and develop the current understanding of priesthood. We aim to achieve the ordination of women to a renewed priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church.

This is CWO’s beautiful logo click here to see film off Lala explain its origin.

Many women are called by the Holy Spirit to be priests in the Roman Catholic Church but they have to suffer the pain of not being able to test their vocation. The arguments used against women priests are ludicrous and have nothing to do with anything Jesus said or did. Have a look at a similar but different scenario. 

 

What if...?

 

 

Press Release:

Sexism Is The Original Sin - 
Pontifical Council for
Culture's Assembly about Women's Cultures

Click here for more details

 

CWO Mission Statement

 

Working for the full inclusion of women into ordained ministry within a renewed Roman Catholic Church

 

We support one another in prayer, shared ministry and an annual CWO retreat

 

We commit to demonstrating that the exclusion of women from ordination in the Roman Catholic Church reinforces the oppression and poverty of women and girls around the world

 

We accept diversity within our group and welcome all who share our aims

 

We respect different approaches to theological issues

 

We walk together with people of faith to support women’s inclusion in their varied ministries

 

We work with other groups campaigning for women’s ordination within the Roman Catholic Church as part of WOW (Women’s Ordination Worldwide)

 

We commit to working with other groups with similar aims

 

We engage with all branches of the media in connection with our campaign


 

 


 

Catholic Women's Ordination prayer


Moved by a compulsion of the Holy Spirit
we cannot remain ignorant
of this injustice in our midst.
We long for all humanity
to be acknowledged as equal,
particularly among your community of the church,
so we pray grieving for the lost gifts
of so many women.
We ask you, God of all peoples,
to bring insight and humility
to all those in positions of dominance,
and an understanding that
the ascended Lord called us all to act
doing Christ's work here and now.
We ask this of you,
God our Creator
Jesus our Redeemer
Spirit our Sustainer


 

Women's Ordination Worldwide (WOW)

 

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Womens Ordination Worldwide

 

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WOW's third international conference is set to happen in Philadelphia from 18-20 September 2015. Advocates for women's ordination from around the world will gather to celebrate, be inspired, and join together as we grow our movement and go forward. Our hosts will be our member group Women's Ordination Conference(WOC).  

 

The theme of the conference is Gender, Gospel, and Global Justice.
 

Over three days, you will have the opportunity to:

 

* Network with individuals and groups working for women’s ordination in all Christian churches,

* Fully participate in women-centered, feminist theology, liturgies, and leadership in prayerful interfaith action,

* Learn more about the impacts of the Catholic Church on women and girls around the world,

* Take a stand against misogyny and sexism in religion. 
 

WOW needs donations to help women from the developing world attend the conference. Please click to register donate or sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about conference updates and more!

 

WOW is an international group of which CWO is a member. Groups from all over the world are involved in conference planning, letter writing campaigns and public action.

 

The first WOW conference was held in Dublin in 2001 and the second in Ottawa in 2005. You can visit WOW here.
 

There is also an archive of WOW material on the Housetop site here www.womenpriests.org/wow/

 

 
 


 

For a PDF of the constitution of Catholic Women’s Ordination (CWO) please click here