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Catholics call for ordination of female priests.

CATHOLICS campaigning for the ordination of women priests will demonstrate in Cardiff today when the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and a representative of the Pope visit the city for the 100th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Cardiff.

They will hold a "witness" outside St David's Catholic Cathedral, as dignitaries, including a representative of the Pope, His Excellency Antonio Mennini, the Archbishop of Westminster and head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, and 19 bishops arrive for a mass of thanksgiving.

Members of Catholic Women's Ordination, which campaigns for women to be ordained as priests in the Catholic church, will stand outside the cathedral with a banner and leaflets, member Mary Ring said.

The 63-year-old grandmother, a lifelong Catholic from Abergavenny, said the group has about 300 members around Britain but many more support the cause.

"We don't want to upset, frighten or anger people but hope to lead people to a wider dialogue," she said.

"The ordination of women (in the Catholic church) will have to happen at some point as it has in the Church of England and other Christian churches.

"We feel women are being sidelined and forgotten. We don't want to create dissent but feel we have to speak up for justice.

"The Church of England has women bishops now. Why are we still knocking on the door? I'm sure a lot of people have left the church because of this.

"We don't want to leave the church we love, we want a renewed church."

The Catholic Women's Ordination began in 1993 and its website says: "80% of pastoral workers in the worldwide Catholic Church are women.

"We hold that women's gifts must be equally recognised with men's in a renewed Catholic priesthood."

The early church had women deacons and likely also had women priests and bishops, members point out.

The Archdiocese of Cardiff was created in 1916 by Pope Benedict XV in his Cambria Celtic decree.

The church has been contacted for a comment.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jun 20, 2016
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