Thursday, August 30, 2018

Distinguished Catholic Women tell Francis: ‘We, your flock, deserve YOUR answers NOW.’

A group of 52 distinguished Catholic women have sent an open letter to Francis pleading with him to be more open and forthcoming. The signers include Walk for Life West Coast co-chair Eva Muntean and 2016 Walk for Life West Coast speaker Obianuju Ekeocha, Founder and President, Culture of Life Africa.

Following the original signatories, and as of this writing 12,696 additional Catholic women have added their voices. An excerpt is below, and Catholic women are invited to read the whole thing and sign by going here.

August 30, 2018
His Holiness, Pope Francis
Vatican City
Your Holiness:

You have said that you seek “a more incisive female presence in the Church,” and that “women are capable of seeing things with a different angle from [men], with a different eye. Women are able to pose questions that we men are not able to understand.”
We write to you, Holy Father, to pose questions that need answers.
We are Catholic women deeply committed to our faith and profoundly grateful for Church teachings, the Sacraments, and the many good bishops and priests who have blessed our lives.
Our hearts are broken, our faith tested, by the escalating crisis engulfing our beloved Church. We are angry, betrayed and disillusioned. The pain and suffering of the victims never ends, as each news cycle brings more horrific revelations of sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, cover-ups, and deceit—even at the Church’s highest levels.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s recent statement impels us to reach out to you directly for answers. His testimony accuses you, Holy Father, and highly placed cardinals of turning a blind eye to former Cardinal McCarrick’s egregious behavior, and promoting this predator as a global spokesman and spiritual leader. Is this true?...."

Again, Catholic women are invited to read the whole thing and sign by going here.

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