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Project information

Women Priests Website

To provide a comprehensive international resource for the debate surrounding women's ordination. The website includes sections on scripture, tradition, the teaching of church authorities and contemporary theology. We publish in 25 different languages and aim to reach 1 million people a year.


Charity information: Housetop Trust

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  • Need


    At present the Catholic Church ordains only men to the priesthood. However, many women around the world feel strongly called to serve in the Church as priests and many lay people say they would welcome the ministry of women as priests. We argue that the Church is incomplete until She has worked out a way for women and men to serve in the ordained ministries together. Effort is wasted denying the vocations of women that could be put at the service of the Church if their callings were recognised.


    Womenpriests.org is an international resource for the debate on women's ordination. Here you will find in one place all the academic writings, church documents, papal pronouncements and testimonies from contemporary women with vocations to priesthood. We also offer a supportive community to those who are waiting in hope for the day when women will be ordained and send regular news updates via email and a quarterly newsletter.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support open discussion about women's ordination.


    » To build and maintain an international website in 25 languages as the largest on-line library in the world on the subject of women's ordination.

    What success will look like

    The website already attracts one million visitors a year. We aim to exceed this in 2011!

  • Impact


    We inform the debate internationally and offer support to groups around the world who actively campaign to bring about a change. We monitor the number of visitors to our website and the number of pages downloaded, as well as the number of people who register as members or friends of the project. Ultimately, success will only be achieved when we can enter into full dialogue with the Vatican and witness the first ordinations of women as priests.


    People associated with the website face enormous pressure to conform to existing church practice. The project relies on just three paid members of staff without whom it would be difficult to coordinate the forty or so volunteers who keep the website running. Taking a public stance requires great courage and belief on the part of staff, volunteers and donors.


    We produce a regular quarterly newsletter for donors and send regular emails with interesting news updates.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £150,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £110,000 Salaries 3 Staff - Coordinator, Administrator and Pastoral Outreach Worker
      £20,000 Rent Rent and facilities costs for premises in Rickmansworth, London
      £20,000 Office Costs Internet, technology and stationery costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Individual Donors £40,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is based in premises in Rickmansworth, near London, UK. However, we reach the whole world through our virtual space on the internet.


    All members of the Catholic Church and women and men everywhere.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the largest academic resource in the world on the subject of women's ordination. We are well supported by almost 1,000 members and friends who donate annually. We have a ten-year track record of faithfully stating our case and intend to keep speaking out for however long it takes.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Wijngaards

    Our founder and academic adviser. John Wijngaards is a Dutch theologian and priest who has written extensively on the ordination of women priests.

All the faithful, both clerical and lay, should be accorded a lawful freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, and freedom of expression.

Gaudium et Spes, no 62