Roman Catholic Feminism with Erin Saiz Hanna and Kate McElwee

Kate McElwee and Erin Saiz Hanna

In this episode of the Religious Feminism interview series, Kate McElwee and Erin Saiz Hanna, co-Executive Directors of Women’s Ordination Conference, tell us about feminists’  holy mischief within the Roman Catholic church; that Pope Francis isn’t as progressive as he may seem to outsiders, at least, not with regards to women; and why they love to work with feminists of other faiths.

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April Young-Bennett
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April Young-Bennett is the author of the Ask a Suffragist book series and host of the Religious Feminism Podcast. Learn more about April at


  1. April, it was so fascinating to hear your guests discuss the current status of women in the Catholic Church and the ways they are working towards gender equality in their faith. The part about women “answering the call to ordination” and becoming priests knowing that they will be excommunicated was especially interesting to me–wow! Their reminder at the end about keeping ourselves spiritually fed was a timely one for me, too. So powerful to be reminded that these things are talked about and struggled with and worked towards in so many places outside Mormonism. So excited about this podcast.

  2. Thanks for this, April, Erin and Kate. It’s been such a privilege working with all of you for gender equality in our religious traditions. What I hope people understand from these efforts is that we can both celebrate that which is inspiring in our faith communities but still hold our religious institutions accountable for whether they subjugate or liberate women and other marginalized groups. #equalinfaith

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