The inclusivity doesn’t stop at Holy Communion. Roman Catholic Women Priests adopt a more accepting position on subjects such as abortion, IVF, and adultery. “We have women with many views on these issues,” explains O’Malley. “But…in general, we say that the woman has to be fully respected and have a voice in what’s happening in her life, and be able to make that choice…freely.”
Their approach is progressive on marriage equality, too. “Several of our priests have witnessed gay marriages,” O’Malley adds.
Here at WOW, the sunrise liturgy draws to a close, punctuated with applause. A “Song of Celebration” evokes a new, more diverse church, where men and women share “God’s delight.” The presider leaves her followers with a characteristically inclusive message: “Remember that God loves us, each and every one.”
As the congregation scatters, Jennifer O’Malley remains optimistic. She hopes Pope Francis will listen to WOW and open a dialogue on women priests. “I…hope for a church where the voice of everyone is heard, where the call of everyone, regardless of their gender, is respected. Where everybody is lifted up with dignity, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, race.”