Recently, a Catholic priest was excommunicated for supporting the ordinance of a female into the priesthood. His actions reflect the questioning of a structure that privileges men, often to the detriment of women. He states:

“Who are we as men to say that we are called by God to the ministry of priesthood, but women are not? That our call is valid, but theirs is not? We profess as Catholics that the invitation to the priesthood comes from God, and it seems to me that we are tampering with the sacred.”

Here’s a question to think about and discuss with our colleagues on the listserv:

What role do communities of faith play in changing dominant social structures that contribute to violence? How does anti-violence/anti-oppression work in collaboration with communities of faith look in your community?

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