- Nov 30, 2020
The Catholic Church needs to rediscover its maternal heart and the world needs Mary’s motherly guidance so it can become a place where everyone is welcomed as brothers and sisters, Pope Francis said.
Several French women who earlier this year applied to be clergy voiced disappointment after Pope Francis yesterday named Bishop Olivier de Germay of Ajaccio as the next archbishop of Lyon, arguing the decision perpetuates Catholicism’s machista culture.
Four years after the Pontifical Council for Culture instituted a Permanent Women’s Consultation Group to bring women’s experiences and voices to the council’s deliberations, Pope Francis noted that they represent a “novelty” at the Holy See.
The bishops of southern Africa have appointed another woman to head their conference’s general secretariat, succeeding a religious sister who had served in that position for eight years.
Although most have never heard of her, Isabel Sanchez, a 50-year old Spaniard, is arguably one of the most powerful women in the Church.
The pioneering women who fought for the right to vote are being hailed by the bishops of Maryland.