Letter to Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales re Ludmila Javorova, January 12, 2008

January 12, 2008

Monsignor Andrew Summersgill
General Secretary
Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
39 Eccleston Square

Dear Monsignor Summersgill:

I am writing with regard to the ordination of Ludmila Javarova, a woman priest ordained into the Roman Catholic Czech underground church in 1970 by Bishop Felix Davidek. A letter in support of Ludmila, and asking for her rehabilitation, has been sent by me on behalf of Women’s Ordination Worldwide (WOW) to His Holiness Pope Benedict. I enclose a copy here for you.

Women’s Ordination Worldwide is an ecumenical network of national and international groups who work for the inclusion of women in all ordained ministries, particularly at this time within the Roman Catholic Church.

We would be grateful for the bishops’ reflection and prayers on this matter, and would also welcome a response from you on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Women’s Ordination Worldwide sends the Bishops’ Conference our prayers for a whole and inclusive priesthood which will affirm and use the rich gifts of women and men together in ministry and mission, for the healing of the Church and the world.

Yours sincerely,


Jennifer Stark
Coordinator, Women’s Ordination Worldwide