Monday, October 19, 2015

L'Osservatore Romano publishes my article "A Woman in the Seminary"

Photo by Joy Rhine for the Saint Benedict Forum
Page 5 of today's issue of L'Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, features an article I wrote about my experiences as "A Woman in the Seminary."

My hope is that, by writing on the joys and difficulties of being among the few women studying for a pontifical doctorate, I will help the Church better understand what female theology students have to offer and how to welcome them. In composing the article, I was encouraged by Pope Francis's repeated exhortations for the Church to develop its "theology of women," and by his creating new opportunities for female theologians.

Right now, the article is available only in the original Italian, which you can read online or download as a PDF. I am hoping it will be in the weekly English edition as well, which will be published on Friday, in which case I will link to it here. Otherwise I will seek to have it reprinted in an English-language publication. (Update, 11/23/15: The article did appear in the English edition, on page 14 of the November 6, 2015 issue. It also appeared on the First Things website.)

It is a great honor to be published in L'Osservatore Romano, and I am most grateful to the editors for giving me a voice in its pages.