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Vatican's New Norms on Women's Ordination

Dear Friends,

The Vatican's declaration that the attempts to ordain women and those associated with such ordinations will now be considered a grave crime on par with that of paedophilia by clerics in the Church is one of the biggest insults to women - further degrading women's dignity in the Church.

We do not need to discuss here about why we are convinced that women can be priests.

Women around the world are appalled and shocked that the Vatican could do this to… Continue

Added by Ecclesia of Women WebCoordinator on July 19, 2010 at 6:42pm — No Comments

East Asiam Bishops' Institute of Lay Apostolate II on Women held in Taiwan in May 2010

East Asia Bishops’ Institute on Lay Apostolate (BILA) on Women II

St. Theresa’s Activity Centre, Hsinchu Diocese, Taiwan.

4th – 7th May, 2010…


Added by Virginia Saldanha on June 10, 2010 at 3:52pm — No Comments



I have a friend who was teaching in an all girls school.

She has been having difficulty with her class of girls.

She despised them for the problems they were giving her

so she kept consoling herself that God has given her sons and not daughters.

Her class grew to be more and more problematic over the 2 years,

confirming her conviction that girls are simply undesirable.

The focus of the problem was… Continue

Added by Sr. Julia Ong, ij on January 9, 2010 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Story on the National Catholic Reporter web site mentioning Ecclesia of Women in Asia

Yesterday I wrote a story for the National Catholic Reporter in which I mentioned Ecclesia of Women in Asia. You can read the story here:

Added by Tom Fox on November 4, 2009 at 12:36am — No Comments

Virtual parish in the Philippines

This piece of news will be interesting for the forthcoming EWA V theme on cyberspace. Check it out at the link below which you may need to copy and paste to your browser.

Alternately goodle and when you get to the page. Do a search for Virtual Parish, Philippines.

Added by Ecclesia of Women WebCoordinator on October 13, 2009 at 1:31pm — No Comments

South Asian Motherin - Call for Chapters for Edited Volume

South Asian Mothering


Deadline for Abstracts: November 1, 2009

Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection by Jasjit Kaur

Sangha to be published in 2011.

This edited collection seeks to unravel the complexity of South Asian


by initiating dialogue on what it means to be a South Asian mother. How do

embedded cultural values influence South Asian mothering practices? How… Continue

Added by Ecclesia of Women WebCoordinator on September 30, 2009 at 11:45pm — No Comments

Update on Sri Lanka

Working Group of European NGOs on Sri Lanka

c/o Dr. Theodor Rathgeber,

Sri Lanka: Review of latest facts in terms of human rights


Why do we present such a review at that stage? The military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has given the government of Sri Lanka unprecedented political power to shape the country’s future. However, we see many indications which raise serious concerns about the… Continue

Added by Sophie Lizares-Bodegon on September 25, 2009 at 7:56pm — No Comments

The Qur'an and Domestic Violence

warm greetings to one and all at EWA.

As part of an online course with Catherine of Siena Virtual College, I have read an essay on the Qur'an and Domestic Violence by Christian missioner Nicole Ravelo-Hoërson, who works with abused women in South Africa. Here is the letter I sent her. Your comments are more than welcome!


Dear Nicole Ravelo-Hoërson,

Warm greetings from a fellow Christian missioner working in Indonesia.

I am following an online… Continue

Added by John Prior on August 14, 2009 at 9:56am — 4 Comments

Global Elders Speak Out: Jimmy Carter Issues Statement about Faith Communities Discrimination Against Women

The words of God do not justify cruelty to women

Discrimination and abuse wrongly backed by doctrine are damaging society, argues the former US president

The Observer


July 12, 2009

"Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status ..."… Continue

Added by Therese Koturbash on July 16, 2009 at 3:50pm — 1 Comment

On Completing "Women in Islam"

Reflection on “Women in Islam” Course at Catherine of Siena Virtual College

I am sure that the future prospect of women in Islam is with the open, feminist movements both within and without the faith community.

As a non-Muslim, I concur with Rabbi Jacob Neusner who, at the beginning of the “Women in Islam” course, was quoted as saying: “Religious conversations with Christians generally do not get beyond the polite exchange of information about our rites, our… Continue

Added by John Prior on June 17, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

terror in Mumbai

27th November 2008

It seems so ironical. Here I am discussing with my feminist theologian friends the wisdom of holding EWA IV in Bangkok because of the political unrest, and there is a terrorist attack right on my doorstep!

Last night was surreal - watching our tale unfold on TV. In, but out, witnessing the attack one step ahead of the news reports but looking at the TV to know what we were experiencing. The machine gun firing broke out at Leopold a famous cafe which has… Continue

Added by Dr. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala on December 2, 2008 at 12:04am — 2 Comments

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