One church, one issue

Pope Francis has a lot on his to-do list: reform the Curia, clean up Vatican finances, defend both the disenfranchised and the planet from rapacious economic systems, and, by the way, bring about world peace. All depend on the message of the Gospel. Anything missing?

It is one thing for a humble, holy pope to preach the Gospel with and without words. It is quite another thing for the corporation that is church to do the same. The disconnect remains. It has to do with women.

At the Catholic Theological Society of America's annual meeting last June, knots of priests (including a few Jesuits) repeated the same mantra: The question of women is the single most important crisis facing the church.

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