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Photograph of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi kissing the hand of Pope Benedict XVI

This photo of the Pope with Nancy Pelosi accompanied the Letter of the Day (below) in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It was one of many that appeared in newspapers nationwide as part of FutureChurch’s Women and the Word campaign.

Women are speaking, leading; does pope hear?

April 18, 2008

While Pope Benedict is in the United States, I hope he notices a few things: Nancy Pelosi adeptly leading the House of Representatives. Hillary Clinton running an intelligent, competent presidential campaign. Over 24,000 female lay ministers serving U.S. Catholic parishes.

I hope the pope has the eyes to see the valuable contributions women make to our country’s public life and to Catholicism’s faith life.

Pope Benedict has promised more female leadership roles in Vatican offices, but no appointments have materialized yet. Next October, there will be an International Synod on the Word at the Vatican. I ask the pope to invite female biblical scholars to contribute their wisdom and experience at the Synod. Then maybe the worldwide Catholic Church will see what we in the United States already know: Women’s voices are worth being heard, and their leadership is an indispensable part of our communal and faith life.



Focus on FutureChurch

Spring 2008


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