Female envoys to Vatican say it’s past time for Church to empower women

(Crux) It sounds like a clichéd bar joke: “Three female ambassadors from three different parts of the world, one Catholic, one Orthodox and one Protestant, walk into the Vatican.”

In reality, however, there’s no punchline waiting to be delivered, only what some may consider a counterintuitive realization.

Three women who represent their countries to the Holy See, coming from different cultural, societal and religious backgrounds, all agree that despite the predominantly male hierarchy that prevails at the Vatican, they’re happy with the treatment and welcome they’ve received.

On the other hand, they also say, albeit in different ways, that on the question of female involvement in decision-making processes within the Catholic Church, it’s past time to get the ball rolling. [More]