Catherine: In terms
of the contribution that the Commission could bring, I expect that there will
be a broad dissemination of the results of our work to all the Jesuits so that
they listen deeply, individually and collectively, to what the women have to
say. That, in a spirit of discernment, they will consider, along with any
proposals made, how to collaborate better. We hope that individual Jesuits will
undergo a transformation of heart; that they will remove any systemic injustice
against women in their religious congregation; that they will influence the
Church to eradicate injustice against women; that they will influence society
at large to remove this injustice.
María del Carmen: The contribution we can bring will be a shared reflection on gender-justice
that will allow us to open a path of listening, inclusion, respect and
reciprocity, in order to build equitable and diverse apostolic bodies in the
Provinces of the Society of Jesus. Most of us women want to collaborate in the
mission from wherever the Spirit calls us, recognised in our dignity and our capacities.
I tell my colleagues in the Gender and Equality group of the CPAL (Conference
of Latin American Provincials) about what we are doing in the Commission, they
are happy to feel connected, knowing that together we are working for the
recognition of our value in the Society and seeking to have an impact in the
Church. This is what Pope Francis encourages us to do when he speaks forcefully
about how little is known about the value of women in the Church, how that
value goes beyond functionality, how women also have an important role in
awareness-raising, humanising and bringing affect - all gifts not exclusive to
women, but characteristic of us.