Category: Women and the Church

Don’t Show Contempt for the Image of God

Exploiting women or treating them like objects is a sin against God, Pope Francis said in his homily during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae. It will do people good – especially those who enjoy freedom – to reflect on how many women have become “slaves of this throwaway mentality,” he said.

Women to Join in Prayer Across Globe

Women from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Krugersdorp and neighbouring regions will fill the air with sounds of praise and worship in support of the international Women’s World Day of Prayer. Taking place on Saturday, March 3,...

We Salute Church Abuse Survivor

The sexual violence survivor’s letter titled “Abuse: a survivor’s view”  refers. It takes courage for survivors of gender-based violence and Church abuse to speak out, to break their silence. They become official whistleblowers who expose those who have violated the bodily integrity of another; those who disrespect the human dignity of others.

Saint John Paul II Recognised the Need to Protect Women

A person who was ahead of his time was St John Paul II. In 1995, he wrote a letter to women of the world, still available on the Vatican website. In that letter, he said, “Unfortunately, we are heirs to a history which has conditioned us to a remarkable extent. … Women’s dignity has often been unacknowledged and their prerogatives misrepresented; they have often been relegated to the margins of society and even reduced to servitude.”

HeForShe – Our Church Stands With Women

The Justice and Peace Commission (J&P) of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has partnered with UN Women through its HeForShe campaign and is working with J&P activists from various dioceses to take a stand against women abuse. 

Get the Fight for Women and Children Right

Campaigns like the 16 Days of No Violence and #MeToo are good for telling the story of abuse and raising awareness — but there is an urgent need to go beyond words and put in place effective action, such as funding shelters, argues Colleen Constable.