The Role of Women in the Catholic Church Going Forward



The Catholic Church seems to have an interesting take on women… Nuns are not lay persons or clergy. They are “professed religious,” as are their male counterparts, Christian brothers. There are three categories of involvement in the Catholic Church: clergy, professed religious, and lay. Women are still forbidden in one category: clergy. But why? On this hour of “All Sides,” we’ll take a look at the evolving role of women in the Catholic Church.


  • Sheila Garcia (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
  • Kenneth Briggs (author/blogger, National Catholic Reporter)
  • Angela Bonavoglia (author)

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Click here for more information on “Double Crossed: Uncovering the Catholic Church’s Betrayal of American Nuns” by Kenneth Briggs.

Click here for more information on “Good Catholic Girls: How Women Are Leading the Fight to Change the Church” by Angela Bonavoglia.

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