Vatican has made progress on listening to women, says Australian diplomat

By Christopher White and Joshua J. McElwee, 21 May 2024
Dr Miriam Rose Ungunmerr Baumann (right) and Ambassador Chiara Porro met with Pope Francis during Reconciliation Week. Image: Australian Embassy to the Holy See/Supplied


The Catholic Church’s global synodal process has made it easier for women to voice different opinions and share diverse experiences, including inside the Vatican, according to Australia’s ambassador there.

“Women in the Catholic Church have very diverse views … as they do across society, and I think that’s something that has emerged through the synodal process,” said Ambassador Chiara Porro.

“But one of the positives of the synod that I see in this regard is that people are more willing to put forward their views in a way that’s not confrontational,” she said. “And with the understanding that people will have different views, and that has changed during my time here.”

“I felt that many women did not feel comfortable expressing their views,” Porro told the National Catholic Reporter. “Whereas nowadays there is much more of an environment and an ability to exchange and accept different perspectives.”

Porro’s remarks came in an interview for NCR’s “The Vatican Briefing” podcast on May 7, as she reflected on her experience representing Australia at the Holy See since 2020.

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With thanks to the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) and Christopher White and Joshua J. Mcelwee where this article originally appeared.


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