What About Me?
The topic of Women in the Church was again brought to the fore by a meeting of “We are Church” where the key note speaker was Josepha Madigan. Also at the talk was Sharon Tighe-Mooney, who was presenting her book, “What About Me? Women and the Catholic Church”, an exploration into the arguments given to exclude women from ministry. In the book, Sharon examines the New Testament, Christian writings and Papal documents on women’s ordination. It is a personal quest to shed light on the story of women in the Christian movement from its earliest days to the present.
The book was initially conceived when in 2010, Pope Benedict XVI elevated the ‘crime’ of ordaining women to Catholic ministry, making it one of the most serious crimes against church law. This was followed by the censoring and silencing of religious personnel who questioned this.
Sharon sets out to explore how the institutional Church can be so certain that women priests were never to feature in Catholicism and why they are so determined not to discuss the issue of women priests? Miriam Gormally met her at the meeting of “We are Church”.