Women who have been on the path of service to the church for years but still feel disenfranchised, marginalized and unheard of will join the ‘To the Vatican’ event simultaneously in Auckland and Wellington on Sunday. Awarded by Pink Shoes.
Be the Change, Catholic Church, Aotearoa New Zealand chose Sunday (the day before Women’s Suffrage Day) to set up an installation in central Auckland and where dozens of pairs of shoes lead to the Catholic Cathedral in Wellington. deployed.
Splashes of pink, including between her shoes, colored the occasion, along with music, songs, and speeches.
Organizers say the shoes represent the largely unpaid work that women have done for the church through the ages. Their contributions were documented in the accompanying printed vignettes.
Even though women are often the majority of organizers and participants in Catholic churches and liturgies, organizers point out that women’s roles in the church are unequal.
The Catholic Church continues its injustice of refusing to recognize the worth of women by denying them equality in leadership roles, says Pink Shoes to the Vatican.
Best wishes from Steve Lowe, Catholic Bishop of Auckland.
Apologizing for not being able to meet the “Pink Shoes to the Vatican” group in person, Lowe wrote a letter of support.
“While there have been and will continue to be many wonderful women throughout the history of this Church, your presence and voice today is a reminder that you are the Church and that the Church needs to change. increase.
“Today we thank the prophetic hikoi to the cathedral, which ultimately calls us to respect the dignity that comes from being created as men and women in the image and likeness of God. Thing.
“Your voice today resonates with the voices of women around the world who, as part of the current Synod process, are calling on the Church to reflect the inherent dignity of women as leaders of the Church…we May you have the courage not to get stuck in a structure that is not necessarily God’s.”
During the bishop’s absence, Chris Denham, administrator of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, received the women’s statements and gave them Lowe’s letter of support.
“When Fiona and Christina visited me a few months ago, they gave me Kate’s pink shoes. They also remind me that I need to change,” Lowe wrote.
However, Wellington’s co-aide, Archbishop Paul Martin, refused to advertise that the Vatican group had attached pink shoes to their shoes. I wrote a letter requesting
“One woman writes of her outrage since the Archbishop’s decree to the parish not to advertise the event. Some ask, ‘What was he thinking?'” Wellington organizer Cecily McNeil told the group.
She invited the Archbishop to read the first few paragraphs of the Proceedings of the Archdiocese.
With Cardinal Dew in the South Island and Martin in Rome, no one welcomed a female-dominated group in Wellington.
Priest Jim Dooley said at a Wellington meeting that his fellow priests did not understand equality because they were exposed to a different set of principles during their priestly formation.
He said what the women were looking for was an “easy thing” to applaud.
Dooley equated the treatment of women in churches with slavery, referring to the fact that in most churches women often did unpaid work such as cleaning, pastoral work, and liturgical preparation.
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