‘Pink smoke’ protest held at Holy Name

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While attention focuses on the black or white smoke that will tell the world whether a new Pope is chosen, some Catholic groups are using pink smoke to send a message of their own.

Women who gathered today outside Holy Name Cathedral say the ways of the Church hierarchy are exclusionary and patriarchal.  They argue that the Cardinals are not acting on Jesus Christ’s message of equality and community and are not meeting the spiritual needs of half the flock.

The women sent up a plume of pink smoke in protest outside the Cathedral this morning.
The group says women are disenfranchised from the papal conclave.  They are not voting and not eligible to become the Pontiff.

There have been similar protests this week in Vatican City calling for women of faith to begin to create a new Church that respects the decisions of females.

They say women make up the majority of Mass-going Catholics and more than 80% of its workforce.  Therefore, they argue, the conclave process is simply unfair.

This same group was here in 2005, prior to the selection of Pope Benedict XVI.

Sister Donna Quinn of the National Coalition of American Nuns told WGN that the Roman Catholic Church needs a radical overhaul.

“It could be a lifetime, but we’ll keep struggling and we’ll keep working,” Sister Quinn said.  “When you look at the conclave, you see that it’s not transparent.  That’s the kind of a Church that we want.”

“Women do everything in the life of the Church — everything except leadership in the higher levels of decision-making,” said group member Barbara Marian.  “I’m here out of my anger and grief about that, but also my hope for the Church and my love for the Church, that the Holy Spirit will inspire and bring forward women in leadership positions.”

Holy Name Cathedral will host a Mass of thanksgiving for the new Pope once he is selected.  If a Pope is selected this afternoon that Mass will be celebrated at the regular 5:15 liturgy.

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  • No Mercy

    Why were these women not arrested? Occupiers and other protesters who protest the government get arrested, why not these women? I guess protesting is OK as long as you don't challenge the government, I forgot.

    But seriously who cares? Why don't more women protest that the majority of construction workers are men? Please men and women have different roles in society and that's just the way it is.

    • dora

      snore, you're rant is boring.

      Women should protest by leaving the catholic church, which they have been doing in droves. Your chauvinistic views must mean you are an older person who could care less about anything but your own opinion.

      • Todd Pardee

        So it’s ok for you to be prejudiced against old people?
        You are guilty of exactly what you are accusing others of, prejudice.

    • Pocha

      Are you kidding me? Women CAN and do work in construction. They should protest these archaic exclusionary "rules" from this outdated church! It's okay that 80% of thie employees are women, but women can't participate in the sanctity of the priesthood…. Why? Give me 1 good reason.

  • CatholicLady

    These women are few and far between in the Catholic Church. The Church should not change with the times and it will not. If you don't like the Catholic Church then LEAVE!!! There are plenty of faithful devoted Catholics who happily follow the Church's teachings. There are plenty of other Christian religions who allow for women to use contraception, who allow for women to be clergy. The Church will not change, there will never be female priests. The Church isn't a democracy and it never should be.