Jesuit says bishops should practise what they preach on women's role
While church authorities acknowledge the dignity and rights of women, they need more courage to hand effective decision-making roles to women, according to an Italian Jesuit in an editorial written for today's International Women's Day.
But Fr Bartolomeo Sorge, editor of the monthly cultural review Aggiornamenti Sociali, said optimistically: "The old macho mentality dies hard, but there are eloquent signs of change."
He said: "The old macho mentality dies hard, but there are eloquent signs of change".
Fr Sorge emphasised that it is not respect and support for women that is lacking, but "more courage is needed to open up more room for participation and responsibility in the offices and duties where decision-making is done".
He recalled that the Jesuits dedicated an entire document in the General Congregation of 1995 to the question of women, in which the mistakes of clericalism were acknowledged and the Jesuits committed themselves to change.