Women’s Group Issues Statement on Feminist Future in Wake of Pope's Death

April 4, 2005

Source: The Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)


On April 4, 2005 The Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) reported, "The death of Pope John Paul II brings to a close an era in the Catholic Church, inviting people of good will to observe, imagine, and create a new future. WATER joins billions of people who take this opportunity to express gratitude for the Pope’s contributions and to reflect on how spiritual leadership can make a difference in a troubled world. We invite everyone to observe through feminist eyes the funeral and burial of this pope, and the conclave that will elect his must-be-male successor. The scandal of the exclusion of women, and indeed of all lay people, is transparent for the world to see. This must be the last time an all-male clergy ever perform such functions if Catholicism is to have moral and spiritual credibility.   We proclaim this period between pontificates as a time to imagine a new Catholicism, Catholicism with a symbol of unity and not an ultimate authority as its center."