For Immediate Release: February 11, 2013
Erin Saiz Hanna (202) 675-1006
Statement from Executive Director, Erin Saiz Hanna
Washington, D.C. - "The Women's Ordination Conference
(WOC) respects Pope Benedict's decision to resign from leadership. We
are saddened to hear of the deteriorating health of the pontiff and hold him in
his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI used his power to take significant steps
backwards for women. A staunch opponent of women's leadership, during Pope
Benedict's tenure he declared women's ordination the gravest crime against the Church, excommunicated all Roman Catholic Womenpriests, and personally had Fr.
Roy Bourgeois dismissed from his Maryknoll community for supporting women
Roman Catholics worldwide prepare for the conclave, we are reminded that the
current system remains an 'old boys club' and does not allow for women's voices
to participate in the decision of the next leader of our Church. WOC members
plan to host vigils and raise "pink smoke" during the conclave as a
prayerful reminder of the voices of the Church that go unheard.
people of the Church are desperate for a leader who will be open to dialogue,
and will have the courage to create systems that will address the sexism,
exclusion, and abuse in our Church. The Catholic Church needs to be a
voice for justice in the world. We pray for a leader who can truly
minister to all of the people of God."