• Melinda Hatton and Kate Black

    Melinda Hatton and Kate Black

  • Jocelyn Maclean, Anne Connolly, Helen Reid and Monica Phelan

    Jocelyn Maclean, Anne Connolly, Helen Reid and Monica Phelan

  • Jerry van Meegen and Catherine McGregor

    Jerry van Meegen and Catherine McGregor

  • Hilary Charlesworth, Kristine Keneally and Marilyn Hatton

    Hilary Charlesworth, Kristine Keneally and Marilyn Hatton

  • Graham Downie and Paul Bongiorno

    Graham Downie and Paul Bongiorno

  • Francis and Susan Sullivan and Judith Tokley

    Francis and Susan Sullivan and Judith Tokley

  • Moira Coombs, Ketty Collins and Judith Bongiorno

    Moira Coombs, Ketty Collins and Judith Bongiorno

  • Anthony Reid and Andrew Phelan

    Anthony Reid and Andrew Phelan

  • Anna Di Pietro, Patricia Collins, Tony Di Pietro and Rosemary Nicholson

    Anna Di Pietro, Patricia Collins, Tony Di Pietro and Rosemary Nicholson

  • Tim Laris and Donella Johnston

    Tim Laris and Donella Johnston

Gender, Gospel and Global Justice

14 May 2015

In budget week where one side of town was taking themselves very seriously telling us to ‘have a go’ and the other was indulging in the fun and frivolity of a four day fashion fest, a serious and unresolved aspect of the world’s biggest business and arguably the wealthiest institution, the Roman Catholic Church, and its failure on women’s ordination and equality was being discussed. It was a fundraiser to send two women from developing countries to the Philadelphia Gender, Gospel and Global Justice conference and the venue for the event was  the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture in Barton. The organizers welcomed all; that is non-religious, lapsed and practicing.

The panel was of three articulate and intelligent women, Kristina Keneally, Hilary Charlesworth and Marilyn Hatton with Paul Collins as the moderator and the free flowing sharing of ideas, frustrations and failures in so many areas of gender equality, human rights and what to do. Well it would seem Pope Francis could with the stroke of a pen – or a quill perhaps – change the status quo and breathe life into the misogynist, sexist and patriarchal church, bringing the church kicking and screaming into this century. Will it happen? Unlikely but good people will continue to work for change, despite the machinations to undermine efforts behind the veneer of a breath of fresh air inside the Vatican. Now that’s really having a go.