This article was written by Linda Bordoni and first appeared in Vatican News on 2 April 2019

Amongst the speakers on hand to present the papal document and to answer the journalists' questions, was 25-year-old Laphidil Oppong Twumasi, who took part in a preparatory pre-synodal meeting to draw up the preliminary texts upon which the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment based its work.

Twelve young women from across Australia are “Reimagining Leadership” as part of a two-year program to help develop a new generation of Catholic leaders.

The women have just completed the third unit in the Leadership for Mission program. The unit – “Theology for the Future: Reimagining Leadership” – saw the students visiting different workplaces across Sydney to speak with women leaders in business, Church and the media.

An original essay by Erin Gillard

Women and their absence from ordained ministry, positions of leadership and decision making within the Catholic Church has been a topic of tension for the past several decades. This essay aims to shine a light on the critical role of one very important woman, Mary Magdalene, in the history of Christianity and how her testimony sets a precedent for the important role women should play in Catholicism today. More specifically this essay will discuss and reflect on the implications for women and the Australian Catholic Church in the current climate.

This is an original article written by Madeleine Banister

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is held annually in New York, at United Nations Headquarters, as an opportunity for people from all over the world, mostly from government and civil society, to get together and discuss the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The Commission was in its 63rd iteration this year, and the theme was social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. I had the privilege of attending this conference in my role as National International Secretary of Catholic Women’s League Australia.

This article was written by Debbie Everett and first appeared on the ACBC Media Blog, 24 February, 2019

Catholic women have been urged to add their voices to help shape the future life and direction of the Church through the Plenary Council 2020 Listening and Dialogue process, which ends on Ash Wednesday.

This article was written by Frank Brennan and first appeared in The Australian on 26 February 2019.

The suppression order in relation to Cardinal George Pell has been lifted. In December, a jury of 12 of his fellow citizens found him guilty of five offences of child sexual abuse. No other charges are to proceed. Cardinal Pell has appealed the convictions. The verdict was unanimous. The jury took three days to deliberate after a four-week trial. The trial was in fact a re-run. At the first trial, the jury could not agree. The trial related to two alleged victims, one of whom had died.

This is article was written by Joshua J. McElwee and was first published in The Global Sisters Report on 25 February, 2019

The Catholic sisters who took part in Pope Francis' summit on clergy sexual abuse say they hope the presence of a dozen women at the gathering sets a standard for a growing presence of women at Vatican meetings of bishops.

This article was written by Kerry MacFarlane and Scilla Stack

Catholic Women Speak proved a popular social event in the Archdiocese of Perth on Thursday evening. Members of the national advisory body, Council for Australian Catholic Women (CACW), welcomed the opportunity to meet Perth Catholic women prior to a National Council meeting on Friday 19 October 2018. Over 80 women and a lone Bishop gathered for much lively discussion at James Nestor Hall Leederville. Bishop Michael Morrissey of Geraldton, acting as Bishop Delegate, was warmly welcomed by the facilitator of the evening Ms Andrea Dean. Andrea is Secretary of the Council and the Director for the Office for the Participation of Women (OPW) based in Canberra. Local Perth CACW Council member, Ms Victoria Burrows and Dr Gemma Cruz of Melbourne, Council member and a member of the Plenary Council Executive Committee were among the participants.


This article was written by Toby Ward and first appeared in Melbourne Catholic on 19 October 2018

The Men’s Project, an initiative of Jesuit Social Services (JSS), has released its ground-breaking research, The Man Box. The study is the first comprehensive look at the behaviours and attitudes linked to young Australian men aged 18 to 30.

The launch of the JSS study was held Wednesday 17 October at Victoria’s State Library and The Men’s Project invited a diverse panel to discuss the social pressures that young Australian men experience and the subsequent impact the pressures of being a ‘real man’ can have on the wellbeing of themselves and others.

The article was written by Cindy Wooden and first appeared in the Catholic News Service on 16 October, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although bishops should make up the majority of voting members at a Synod of Bishops, the fact that the body is only consultative means women should be included as full members just as priests and religious brothers are, said three priests who are voting members.

The superiors general of the Dominicans, the Jesuits and the Conventual Franciscans -- all priests who are voting members of the synod -- spoke to reporters at a Vatican briefing Oct. 15.