The Catholic Church organization reflects an ancient society where women are incapable of leadership and governance says Auckland theologian and lecturer, Jo Ayers.
“Second-class membership for women anywhere is unjust,” she told Flashes of Insight on Wednesday.
Asked by host Joe Grayland if the relationship of women and the Catholic Church is a problem, she replied she did not choose to see it this way and simply called the relationship of women and the Catholic Church “a matter of justice”.
Ayers said that God is made known to us in all our relationships and in examining these we are told that women are fully human.
She says that the Catholic Church is no longer prophetic for women and that civil society is.
“The evidence in New Zealand of women in leadership, in the highest jobs in the country underscores that civic society is ahead of the (Catholic) Church”.
It is a point echoed by Palmerston North catechist and theologian, Kate Bell, who is concerned the Church is so far behind.
“It is the (Catholic) Church that has the problem. It has not been able to comprehend and stay on board with the fact that women are baptized.