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An Invitation to Catholic Men to apologise to the Women of the Church

This is an invitation to offer an apology to the women of the church for the discrimination and unjust treatment women have received from our church. We ask you to join us in this apology by signing this statement. The list of signatories will be presented to Pope Benedict XVI on International Womens Day, March 8, 2010.

Throughout much of human history women have been treated as if they were not equal to men. While many societies and nations have taken positive steps to eliminate this injustice, the Catholic Church has been reluctant to change. We have not admitted women to full leadership in the community, and in this we continue to discriminate against them.

Women may also sign to show their acceptance of this apology and their support for the petition.


In spite of St. Pauls words: "There are no more distinctions between Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female, but all of you are one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3,28), the church has refused to acknowledge that equality.

We have ignored the lesson contained in the example of Jesus when he made his resurrection known first to Mary Magdalene.

We ignore the practice of the early church where many women hosted and led communities, and instead we perpetuate the attitude common in ancient times according to which women are treated as inferior.

It is undeniable that womens ordination is a justice issue. Its basis is the value, dignity and equality of women (Sister of Charity Louise Akers).

We believe this to be true. Unfortunately we have not always seen this, but instead we have lived, thought and acted as willing participants in the male-oriented, clergy-dominated church.

We now apologise to the Women of the Church for this injustice which belittles your contribution to the life and mission of the church, insults your dignity, and denies you a share in the leadership of the Christian community.

We believe that the church has no right to repress, confine or subjugate even one of its members.

We make this apology as an expression of support for and solidarity with all Catholic women. We wish to acknowledge our solidarity in particular with those religious women who have adapted their lives and apostolic activities in accordance with the directives and spirit of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). We also express solidarity with those women who have responded willingly, but unsuccessfully, to Gods call to participate fully in ministry in the church.

We therefore raise our voices now, calling on the church, through the pope and the bishops of the whole world, to give women equal opportunity with men. Let all levels of ministry, leadership, and governance in the church community, including priesthood, be open to all.

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Latest Signatures

  • 22 November 201568. Laurie S
    The present situation needs urgent and immediate remedial action.
  • 20 October 201567. Marian O
    I support this petition
  • 21 July 201566. Timothy O
    I support this petition
  • 01 June 201565. Bob C
    Sorry for what has been done. May God's grace help men at all levels of the Church work for this change to enable the reign of God become a reality.
  • 01 June 201564. Pius J
    I support this petition
  • 23 May 201563. Carolyn D
    I support this petition
  • 13 May 201562. Steve S
    If we don't do this now, who will?
  • 01 April 201561. Br R
    Jesus upbraided the religious leaders of his day for not reading The Signs of the Times
  • 21 January 201560. Jill K
    How exciting to live in an age when our brothers are able to stand up for women's rights - thank you. What a beautiful cause you are taking on. Jill
  • 19 January 201559. Robert R
    The church, using that word in the widest possible way, must cease being a "boys club".
  • 08 January 201558. Anne F
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 06 August 201453. Francis B
    Why have we not heard Jesus till now?
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    I support this petition
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    it is about time...
  • 14 June 201450. Brad H
    I support this petition
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    I fully support the petition
  • 08 June 201448. Nicholas A
    About time !
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    I support this petition
  • 14 February 201444. Peter E
    100\% support for your aims
  • 01 January 201443. Philippadancer Morris
    I am sooo sorry for all of the sexual & emotional abuse you have had to endure and for the demeaning attitude and disrespect you have received from the Catholic Church & all men across all time. Please find the space in your heart if you are able
  • 13 September 201342. Maureen B
    I wholeheartedly support this petition and am warmed by those who have already signed. An apology without understanding is meaningless. Given the recent rejection of inclusive language, how do we proceed in bringing the decision makers to listening, learn

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