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Women’s Ordination Advocate Speaks on ‘Gender Equality’ at University of Detroit Mercy

The University of Detroit Mercy hosted a lecture recently by a women’s ordination advocate on “Catholic women and gender equality: Models of renewal since Vatican II," according to the University’s website.

Lisa Sowle Cahill is the J. Donald Monan Professor of Theology at Boston College.  Her lecture was part of the seventh annual Cushing Distinguished Lecture in Religious Studies.

Washington Post staff writer Michelle Boorstein wrote of Cahill:

Lisa Cahill, a Boston College theologian who advocates women's ordination, notes that Catholic women perform pastoral duties in hospitals, prisons and colleges, among other places, and that people tend to view them as priests. "There is a transfer of loyalty, and I think it will happen at the grass-roots level first," she said.

In an Associated Press article headlined “Pressure for women’s ordination growing, progressive Catholics say,” Cahill is quoted as saying, "I basically think the next generation will see the ordination of women. That change will not emanate from the top, but from the grass roots or local churches which the Vatican will then recognize."

Blessed Pope John Paul II wrote in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis about the impossibility of women’s ordination. He wrote:

Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church's divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful.

Cahill served as president of Catholic Theological Society of America from 1992-93, the Society of Christian Ethics from 1997-98, and served on then presidential candidate Barack Obama’s National Catholic Advisory Committee.

Cahill has written several books. Her most recent was titled Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics.

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