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#Women Priests

# women-priests - Thursday 27 September, 2018

Cost of rolling out abortion services in Ireland will be 'significant', says Harris

The abortion legislation will be introduced in the Dáil next week

# women-priests - Sunday 5 August, 2018

Leo Varadkar: 'There will be no burqa ban in Ireland'

Denmark, France and Belgium are just some of the countries that have banned the burqa.

# women-priests - Thursday 8 October, 2015

Poll: Should women be able to become priests? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should women be able to become priests?

Pope Francis has previously ruled out admitting women to the ranks of the clergy.

# women-priests - Monday 9 June, 2014

Priests warn that Church will 'implode' if it doesn't start ordaining women

Catholic bishops will discuss the issue at their annual conference this week.

# women-priests - Sunday 20 January, 2013

'Liberal' priest will defy Vatican attempts to 'silence' him

Fr Tony Flannery has come under pressure from the Vatican to recant his views on women becoming priests and the system of selecting bishops being overhauled.

# women-priests - Saturday 4 August, 2012

From The42 Puspure rows out with her head held high London 2012

Puspure rows out with her head held high

Ireland’s Sanita Puspure finished 13th overall after winning her “C” final in the women’s single scull rowing this morning.

# women-priests - Thursday 12 April, 2012

Three quarters of Catholics say Church teachings on sexuality are irrelevant

The survey of Irish Catholics found 87 per cent are in favour of priests being allowed marry and 77 per cent support women becoming priests.

# women-priests - Thursday 15 July, 2010

THE VATICAN has issued a new set of canon laws in response to worldwide incidents of clerical child abuse.

Priests who abuse children or mentally disabled people or access child pornography are targeted by the guidelines.The statute of limitations was also increased to 20 years from ten, from the victim’s 18th birthday.

However, many victims say that the Vatican has not gone far enough: The new laws do not force priests to report sexual abuse to police, do not impose sanctions for priests who help to cover up abuse, and do not unequivocally expel clerics who are found guilty of abuse.

Apart from the bitter disappointment of some victims who had hoped the Church would deliver on its promise to introduce stern new measures to fight abuse, the laws have also provoked outrage from women’s groups.

The new canon laws describe the attempted ordination of women as a “grave crime” and subjects it to the same procedures and punishments outlined for sex abuse. The apparent implication that child rape is equivalent to women joining the priesthood has provoked outrage and incredulity.

The Vatican says that updating the law on both issues at the same time did not mean they believed they were equivalent.

Under the new rules, punishment for ordaining a woman consists of immediate excommunication for the woman and priest in question. On the other hand, priests found guilty of sexually abusing children are not automatically defrocked.