For the women’s commission of the archdiocese of bamberg we are looking for five new comrades-in-arms. The honorary body advises archbishop ludwig schick from a women’s perspective on church and social issues. We spoke with astrid franssen, equal opportunities officer in the ordinariate. She collects the written applications by e-mail (gleichstellung@erzbistum-bamberg.De ). For telephone inquiries she is available at 0951 / 502-1630.
Which women can apply for the vacant seats on the women’s commission??
Astrid franssen: all women who want to help shape the church can apply for the women’s commission. We’re looking for women who are involved in the church and who care about women’s issues. Ideally, the women’s commission will ultimately consist of women from all age groups, life situations and regions, thus reflecting the different realities of women’s lives in the diocese.
The women’s commission is an advisory body to the archbishop. Does he rely on the advice of women??
Archbishop schick is a good listener. The opinion of women is important to him, otherwise he would not have set up the women’s commission. Even if not every idea of the women’s commission is implemented immediately, the board takes these ideas seriously and incorporates them into its decisions and actions at the appropriate point.
The women’s commission was established in 2005. How many and which women have been appointed to church leadership positions as a result of the commission’s intervention??
The women’s commission is an honorary body. She is not responsible for the administrative implementation of women’s demands in the diocese. But she is a constant reminder of women’s issues and important in this role.
From your answer I conclude that the women’s commission must be rather the famous toothless tiger and a pure alibi institution. Or exchange?
It’s about bringing women’s specific issues and their perspectives to the bishop’s attention. Sometimes it is "blind spots, that a bishop might not be thinking about right now. Reconciling family and career is not an everyday issue for a cleric.
Or if we think about the process of diozesan development: what does parish consolidation mean for the many local women volunteers?? The new structures will also create new positions where women can assume leadership responsibility in the community? And so a wide variety of topics are put on our agenda, where the women also discuss difficult issues for the bishop.
So why should women get involved in the women’s commission??
It is simply a pleasure to discuss even difficult topics with the bishop in an open, critical and constructive manner. Working in the women’s commission gives us an incredible insight into the catholic church and the opportunity to influence it. Women who are up for it, they should apply.
The interview was conducted by marion kruger-hundrup