Pilgrimage illustrates Catholicism’s ‘woman problem’

I am finding that John Allen’s writing these days leaves a bit to be desired.  He has lost the freshness and free-wheeling writing style he once had.  It is especially compromised since Crux, his venture he had with the Boston Globe was dumped by them and his funding now comes from the K of C.  He seems to be nuancing his writing to please those who control the purse strings.  Also, the slate of articles appearing from other writers is definitely slanted quite a bit to the right.  The exception is Inez Martin.  This article was forwarded to me as a possible post with the subject line of the email “Crux the Outlet that prefers we don’t use the “0” word”…”o” word as in ordination….reyanna

By John Allen              July 6, 2016                      Crux on-line

One of the more striking Catholic pilgrimages in recent memory wrapped up in early July with a small Mass at a side altar in St. Peter’s Basilica.

A group of eight people, seven women and one man, had trekked more than 600 miles from St. Gallen in Switzerland to Rome, carrying nothing more than backpacks and walking sticks, and concluded their journey by walking through the Holy Door of St. Peter’s and then taking part in a private liturgy.

In principle, there’s nothing unusual about the experience itself, as covering long distances on foot always has been part of the pilgrimage tradition.

What sets this one apart is the motive: The eight pilgrims covered that ground carrying signs that read “For a Church with women,” saying they wanted to make a point about the need for Catholicism to do a better job of listening to women’s voices.

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