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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.


CWO response to Pope Francis’ announcement that he will set up a commission to study the possibility of women deacons

We in Catholic Women's Ordination (CWO) welcome the challenge from the Religious Women in the USA, given to Pope Francis about the ordination of women to the Diaconate. We wholeheartedly support the Pope's proposal to set up a theological Commission to look into the issue. We are also aware of all the theology that is already in place thanks to... READ MORE




Congratulations to Myra and Pippa on the publication of:


By Myra Poole & Pippa Bonner

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This is CWO’s beautiful logo click here to see a film of Lala explaining 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

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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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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. Please donate to help the work of this organisation and sign up for WOW enewsletter to stay informed.


The first WOW conference was held in Dublin in 2001 and the second in Ottawa in 2005, the third has just taken place in Philadelphia. You can read about it here


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