MANIFEST #ALCEMLAVEU

For the equality and non-discrimination of women in the Church

 

MANIFESTO #ALCEMLAVEU

For the equality and non-discrimination of women in the Church

As part of the feminist conference on March 8, women believers, of movements and communities, raise our voices to say:

 

 

WE COME FROM FAR

 

From a long-standing feminist tradition that has fought for women's dignity, which has demanded equal rights, voting, sexual and reproductive freedom. In the 21st century is recognised as a diverse, young, renewed strength, and this March 8 will go out again to raise its voice and say enough.

 

From the brave and free women of the early Christian communities, and from all those who throughout history have refused to be locked in the invisible and secondary roles that the church and theological tradition wanted to be subject to. Women protagonists of their faith who have raised their voices to say what they believed. Insubmissive women who have struggled to get their authority recognized, supportive women who have organized to care for the neediest, and hopeful women who have believed that social transformation and justice are possible.

 

From the good news of a Jesus who transgresses the rules of a deeply patriarchal society. We come from the Jesus who treats women as equals, and he talks from you to you. They, like Maria Magdalena, are disciples, friends, and teachers. They are, in short, people. We come from a Church which in its beginning made equality between men and women, one of the most radical contributions of Christianity to the history of mankind. Let's get it back!

 

 

WE ARE MANY

 

Many of us around the world raise our voices. We are majority in volunteer work, in religious celebrations, as catechists, in parish councils, we are many in the movements, associations, leisure centers and in the educational world of children and young people. There are countless congregations of nuns working day by day for the rights of the most vulnerable, such as prostitutes or victims of female trafficking. Who holds an important part of the Church in the 21st century? We!

 

 

WE SAY ENOUGH

 

We say enough because despite being majority, we are considered eternal minors and treated with condescension.

 

We say enough to be invisible and silenced.

 

We say enough to discrimination based on sex or gender. How many women do we see representing the institution? How many theologians work at theology faculties, how many spiritually accompany them, and how many are seminary trainers? How many can be involved in making important decisions?

 

We say enough in being denied the priesthood because of our body, a body that is always under suspicion.

We say enough about a negative view of sexuality, which creates suffering.

 

We say enough to an image of an exclusively male God.

 

WE IMAGINE AND WE BUILD A NEW CHURCH

 

 

A Church that is a community of equals, where the woman is recognized as a full-fledged subject, with voice and vote everywhere, where the woman is valued for her talents, charisms and contributions to the communities.

 

A Church where leadership is shared between women and men, lay people, consecrated people and priests. A parity church, more plural and less hierarchical.

 

A Church that accompanies without judging the diversity of families, of identities and sexual orientation.

 

A Church where women are already, and we recognize ourselves with authority and leadership.

 

A Church that today is the seed of the future.

 

 

We are coming from the moon, we are many and we raise the voice to speak and demand a new church that today, March 1st, 2020, makes a step ahead .

 

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