Women of Faith in the News
Comprehensive Survey of U.S. Catholic Women
The January 22, 2018 issue of America magazine presents the findings of the most comprehensive survey of U.S. Catholic women ever conducted. The survey was commissioned by the editors of America and was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, in partnership with The GfK Group. The results provide an unprecedented snapshot of the opinions of Catholic women in the United States on a wide variety of ecclesial and political issues.
Watch the video to learn the top 5 facts about Catholic women.
For more facts and figures about Catholic women today, visit: http://www.americamag.org/women
Millennial women disengage from Catholic Church: Blame the barriers
America magazine and Kerry Weber have provided us with an in-depth portrait of women in the church, both in the past and in the present.
Not surprisingly we learn that women have historically had a powerful influence on the church. That influence was of course behind the scenes and did not involve any leadership roles. Women were the humble and indispensable foundation of the church, but when important decisions were being made it was time for women to leave the room. Just as was often the case with African-Americans in our country’s history, it was important that women knew and understood their place in the church.
Now, the America article and its survey show that women in the church have had enough. They are choosing to no longer be the mainstay of keeping the church afloat. The issue is not that women are actually leaving. Women surveyed indicated that 82 percent of them had not considered leaving the church.
Instead, they are disengaging and do not consider active involvement in the church important. Only 24 percent of women surveyed went to Mass weekly or more often. Less that half of respondents felt it very important or somewhat important to be involved in one’s parish.
Specifically, millennial women have chosen to back off their involvement in the church. Their disengagement is even greater that that of their male counterparts. The article also indicates that this same phenomenon is not occurring in Protestant denominations.
Who is Madeleine Delbrêl—the “French Dorothy Day” Pope Francis made venerable this weekend?
“God is dead.... Long live death!”
These may not be words one would normally associate with a saint, but last weekend Pope Francis set the woman who wrote them, Madeleine Delbrêl, on the path to beatification.
It was a move eclipsed by Francis’ official recognition of the martyrdom of the seven Trappist monks made famous by the film “Of Gods and Men,” but Madeleine Delbrêl is worth our attention, even if she has not been the subject of a feature film at Cannes.
Read the full article by Colleen Dulle.
Voices of Faith Conference
An attempt to stop a former president of Ireland from speaking at an international conference on women's rights, which was due to be held in the Vatican next month, is causing a stir in Ireland as the country prepares to host the Vatican-organized World Meeting of Families in August.
The Voices of Faith conference has been held at the Vatican on March 8, International Women's Day, the last four years. Organizers say when the Vatican reviewed the list of speakers for this year's event, three speakers were not approved, one of them Mary McAleese, who was president of Ireland from 1997-2011.