Women’s priestly ordination in the Catholic Tradition
with the
focus on the subversive praxis of the
Roman Catholic Women

Jakub Urbaniak¹ and Dianne Willman²

¹Department of Historical and Constructive Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of the
Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa; ²Roman Catholic Women Priests– South Africa, South Africa

Download PDF article: Women’s priestly ordination – International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 2023

God’s Daughters

Evangelical women and the Power of Submission

God’s Daughters is a documentary that features Diane Whalen and Kathleen Bellefeuille-Rice; both Roman Catholic Womenpriests and their community Holy Wisdom in Olympia Washington. The film follows Kathleen throughout her preparation for ordination and focuses on their ministry within the community.

Luc Novovitch, the filmmaker, was granted complete access to film their daily lives and duties, resulting in a film presenting a human and unvarnished vision of the lives and struggles of these women who fight to be accepted as priests by the Vatican. Through their movement, they promote their vision and goal of establishing a renewed and an all-inclusive Roman Catholic Church.

God’s Daughters can be downloaded at  The DVD can be purchased at

Women Find A Way

The Movement and Stories of Roman Catholic Womenpriests

Meet Roman Catholic Womenpriests who are shaping a more inclusive, Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered Church of equals in the twenty-first century. All are welcome at the sacred Eucharistic table. Meet women bishops ordained in full apostolic succession who continue to carry on the work of ordaining others in the Roman Catholic Church. Meet women who are serving the People of God in many ways including house churches and parish communities, hospital and hospice chaplaincy, anointing of the sick and elderly, and ministering with the homeless. Roman Catholic Womenpriests are leading the Catholic Church into a new age in which the identity of priest reflects the experiences of women. For more information, visit All proceeds from the sale of this book go to RCWP-International for the furthering of the movement.

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Women Find A Way has also been published in German
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Ida Raming, Iris Müller
“Contra Legem” – a Matter of Conscience

Our Lifelong Struggle for Human Rights for Women in the Roman-Catholic Church.
Autobiographies, Background Papers, Documents, Future Prospects

Two female German theologians bear witness to their lifelong struggle for a groundbreaking reform of the position of women in the Roman Catholic Church. Ever since Vatican Council II they have been committed to a renewed church where women may use their talents in ordained ministry to serve the people of God. They describe the gender discrimination they faced in acquiring their theological educations, the courageous steps they have taken in recent years to respond to their priestly callings and to help other gifted women do the same.

These are two intertwined autobiographies, enriched by an appendix with noteworthy historic documents from the 1960’s to the present day, including correspondence with Professors Joseph Ratzinger and Karl Rahner.

Ida Raming, RC theologian (Dr. theol.), author of numerous books and articles. In June 2002, she was ordained priest and in 2006, she was ordained bishop in the International Movement Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP). She is spokeswoman for the German section of RCWP.

Iris Müller, RC theologian (Dr. theol.), author of several books and articles. In June 2002, she was ordained a priest. She is member of the International Movement RCWP.

Theologische Orientierungen, Bd. 15, 264 S., 24,90 €, br, ISBN 978-3-643-10986-6

Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future

by Gary Macy, William T. Ditewig and Phyllis Zagano

The tremendous growth of the permanent order of deacon in the Church carries with it lingering questions about women deacons. The Church s evident need for more women in ministry demands careful exploration and evaluation of the historical roots, contemporary ecclesial realities, and creative future possibilities for including women in the diaconate. In these three essays, originally written for this volume, Professors Macy, Ditewig and Zagano evaluate the question of women deacons from the historical, contemporary, and future perspectives in conversation with one another and with the whole Church. The result is essential reading for anyone interested in the nature and exercise of diaconate in the contemporary Catholic Church.

The Hidden History of Women’s Ordination:
Female Clergy in the Medieval West

by Gary Macy  (Oxford University Press, Inc.  2008)

This is a must read!— One of the most comprehensive and scholarly surveys of the history of women’s ordinations in the Roman Catholic Church—a very thorough study with over 130 pages of notes and cited bibliography

Called: Women Hear the Voice of the Divine

by Gretchen Kloten Minney  (Wonder Why Publications, 2010)

Called – Women Hear the Voice of the Divine provides a brief background and history of ordination within the Catholic Church and tells the stories of the brave women who have been called to priesthood and who have followed the voice of that calling.


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