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‘Synodal Way’ flags fly in front of the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt in Germany.

German ‘Synodal Way’ members back text calling for women priests

Feb 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

The appeal passed by 174 votes in favor, 30 against, and 6 abstentions. Read more

The opening day of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican Synod Hall on Oct. 3, 2018.

Synod of Bishops’ resources website links to women’s ordination group

Jan 19, 2022

By CNA Staff

An official suggested that the website was not promoting the group. Read more

The Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque, N.M., seat of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, which hosted the attempted ordination of Anne Tropeano Oct. 16, 2021.

Santa Fe archdiocese: Woman's attempted ordination invalid

Oct 21, 2021

By Carl Bunderson

The supposed ordination of women is invalid, the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe reiterated Monday, shortly after... Read more

Bishop Denis Theurillat, auxiliary bishop of Basel, Switzerland, from 2000 to 2021. Credit: Diocese of Basel.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of bishop who called for council to discuss women priests

Feb 9, 2021

Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of a Swiss bishop who recently called for a council to discuss women... Read more

City skyline in Sydney, Australia.

Australian Catholic students urge bishops to 'reject unambiguously' women's ordination

Jul 20, 2020

Australian Catholic students have sent an open letter to the country’s bishops ahead of the upcoming Fifth Plenary Council of... Read more

Bishop Barry Knestout. Photo Courtesy of Archdiocese of Washington

‘An act of charity’: Virginia bishop defends parish hosting Episcopalian consecration

Jan 15, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Bishop Barry Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond has issued a statement responding to concerns that a local parish church... Read more

Pope Francis' in-flight press conference returning from North Macedonia May 7, 2019.

Pope Francis: No plans for female deacons, but study continues

May 7, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Tuesday that the Vatican commission exploring the possibility of female deacons continues its study, but does not... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston ordains deacons in St. Peter's Basilica, Sept. 29, 2016.

Two-thirds of US bishops do not believe women should be ordained deacons

Jan 24, 2019

A survey of bishops in the US released this week found that among respondents, 41 percent believe it theoretically possible... Read more

Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer at the Vatican Press Office Sept. 8, 2015.

CDF prefect: That only men can be priests is 'definitive'

May 30, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The teaching of the Catholic Church on the impossibility of ordaining women to the priesthood, now or in the future,... Read more

The Anglican Westminster Abbey in London, October 16, 2010.

Woman bishop challenges future of Anglican-Catholic dialogue

Jan 30, 2015

By Ann Schneible

While the consecration of the Church of England's first woman bishop presents significant challenges in bringing Catholics and Anglicans into... Read more

Archbishop Dr. Robert Zollitsch.

Theologian dismisses call for women 'deacons'

May 3, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Theologian Father Manfred Hauke said recent comments from a German archbishop appearing to support a particular diaconate for women are... Read more

Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams.

Head Anglican archbishop makes final push to ordain women bishops

Oct 21, 2012

The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is trying to persuade members of the Church of England’s upcoming General Synod... Read more