- Feb 26, 2021
“If I lead a holy life, I won’t have a problem with ordained ministers, because young people are looking for values and things they can believe in,” said Bishop Wellington de Queiroz Vieira of Cristalândia in Brazil, “and I can’t believe that Jesus has lost his power of attraction.”
Not wasting any time, the chairman of Pope Francis’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon kicked things off Monday morning by putting the hotly contested issues of married priests and the role of woman squarely on the assembly’s table.
A small group of activists and academics embarked on a mission this week to dig deep into early Christian art, in search of answers on the original role of women in the Catholic Church, only two months after Pope Francis called for further study and historical data concerning the ordination of female deacons.
German Cardinal Walter Kasper, considered a close theological adviser to Pope Francis, said that if during an upcoming meeting of bishops on the Amazon region the prelates asked for the ordination of married men, the Argentine pontiff would grant the request.
Women canonists, theologians react to Pope Francis’s words on the female diaconate and ask for more transparency and openness,
The editor of a Vatican magazine on women has warned that women and sex abuse will dog Pope Francis until the problems are solved.