- Jan 15, 2021
Opinions from women throughout the Catholic world have been divided in the wake of Pope Francis’s new law allowing them to hold a greater role at Mass, with some hailing it as an important step forward, and others saying it doesn’t change the status quo.
Pope Francis has issued a new law formalizing the ability for women and girls to be lectors and altar servers at Mass, something which has long been the common practice in western countries such as the United States but had yet to be written into law.
The chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees said Oct. 27 that companion bills in the House and Senate are needed measures to protect athletic programs designated for women and girls at educational institutions that receive Title IX funds for these programs.
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.
Seven women who recently turned in résumés at the Vatican embassy to France for ecclesial jobs open only to men were shocked not only when they got a response, but were offered one-on-one private meetings with Vatican’s nuncio to the country, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, who they described as welcoming, open-minded, and an attentive listener.
Since the title of the pope’s new encyclical Fratelli Tutti was announced a month ago, there’s been debate over the translation, with several groups arguing that the phrase – translated by some into English as “All Brothers” – is exclusive of women.