Collection CWO - Catholic Women's Ordination Archive

Identity area

Reference code

GB 1534 CWO

Title

Catholic Women's Ordination Archive

Date(s)

  • 1991 - 2017 (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent and medium

7 archival boxes

Context area

Name of creator

(1993-)

Administrative history

Catholic Women’s Ordination (CWO) began in 1993 as a national group of women and men demanding that women be equal with men in the church community, not only in the vocational sense, but in the ministerial priesthood. They aim to achieve a forum for examining, challenging and developing the present understanding of priesthood, with the desire to achieve ordination of women in the Roman Catholic Church a secondary, though equally important, goal. By 2000 there were CWO groups throughout Britain and a membership of 500 people. Campaign activities include support networks, newsletters, conferences, advertising, participation in ecumenical activities, and monthly vigils in London and Edinburgh. It is run and organised on a volunteer basis, with members of CWO contributing to their National Co-ordinating Group (NatCog) in order to maintain a cohesive message across the UK. By 2014 there were two hundred Roman Catholic Women Priests across four continents, though on ordination to the priesthood they are automatically excommunicated. CWO continues to campaign for reformation of the Roman Catholic priesthood and for women to be recognised as priests in Canon Law.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

2010-102
2017-53
2018-22

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers relating to the Catholic Women's Ordination UK group. Includes; newspaper clippings, correspondence, constitution, minutes, AGM reports, VHS, cassette tape and floppy disk

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

Further accruals expected

System of arrangement

Chronologically

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

2 open boxes. The remaining 5 contain folders that are 'Closed for 20 years' or 'Restricted Access'

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

    Language and script notes

    Physical characteristics and technical requirements

    Other hardware required for VHS, cassette and floppy disk

    Finding aids

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    Description control area

    Description identifier

    GB 1534 CWO

    Institution identifier

    GB 1534

    Rules and/or conventions used

    ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000)

    Status

    Draft

    Level of detail

    Partial

    Dates of creation revision deletion

    Created by Kate Aitkenhead, March 2022

    Language(s)

    • English

    Script(s)

      Sources

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