Elisabeth Auvillain is a French freelance writer who lives in Paris, where she was born and raised. She started her career in London then lived in Austria, Switzerland, Pakistan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Germany before coming back to France. She worked mainly as a correspondent for the French Catholic daily La Croix and for Radio France Internationale. She is married to American journalist and NCR contributor Tom Heneghan.
The Hospitaller Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the association she founded, Vivre dans l'Espérance, which cares for orphans and AIDS patients in Dapaong in northern Togo. The development of the association and the discovery of new treatments for HIV/AIDS has led her and her team to apply for nongovernmental organization status at the United Nations.
The outrage sparked by the program "Abused Sisters: The Other Scandal of the Church" on the Franco-German public television channel ARTE, which aired in early March, has led many French Catholics to raise their voices to call for new measures to make sure these crimes do not happen again.
Sr. Ruth Schönenberger spoke with GSR about gender equality in the Catholic Church. Regarding women's ordination, Schönenberger said, "I do not understand the reasons against it. I am surprised that the presence of Christ is reduced to being a man."
As president of CORREF, the French conference of men and women religious, Dominican Sr. Véronique Margron is drawing attention to sexual abuse in the church and its causes, and urging congregations to listen to victims and take action.