Vatican City- Pope Francis amended the Catholic law to clearly stipulate that waitresses can serve as readers and altar attendants during the service, effectively eliminating the individual bishop’s previous choice of restricting these ministries to men.
In an unexpected letter from the apostle published on January 11, the pope stated that he is making changes to acknowledge the “doctrinal developments” that have taken place in recent years.
The Pope said that this change “enables how some of the ministry’s establishment of the church is based on the common baptism in the baptismal sacrament and the royal priesthood.”
Francis’ new letter is titled spirit And issue inherent (According to his initiative), the “Canon Code” was amended to explicitly allow women to serve as lecturers and assistants in the Catholic Church.
The lecturer is the pastor who reads at Mass and other ceremonial celebrations. A servant is a minister who usually assists the altar or distributes the sacrament during the priest’s mass. Servants are often called altar service or communion evangelism.
The laymen who serve in these ministries are not ordered, but they can formally take a role in the church ceremony.
Although many women in American Catholic diocese have served as readers and altar attendants, according to the whim of the local bishops, the canon of the church technically only allows them to serve temporarily.
The pope’s change replaced the “layman” as the category of those who can serve in the “government department”, which seems to require all Catholic bishops worldwide to accept women in these positions.
During his nearly eight-year tenure, Francis has worked hard to better include women in the Catholic leadership structure and various ministries, and has repeatedly reiterated that Pope John Paul II prohibits women from holding the priesthood.
Last year, the Pope was disappointed by those who believed in the belief that women were deacons for the return of the church to the Holy Land. They refused to answer the demands of the Episcopal Conference for the pan-Amazon region.
However, the Pope established two committees to study female deacons, and the most recent committee was announced in April 2020.
Phyllis Zagano, a well-known expert on female deacons and a member of the first committee of the Pope, told the NCR that Francis’s changes to Canon’s laws were “the first official recognition” and that women could be present at the altar during ceremonial celebrations. Hold positions nearby.
Zagano, a senior researcher in residence at Hofstra University and an NCR columnist, said: “Here, the Holy Father puts the law of women in the sanctuary into practice.” “That woman is also a human being.”
On January 11, the letter to amend the canon was issued along with a letter from the Pope to Cardinal Luis Ladaria, the diocese of the Anglican Church in the Vatican.
In that letter, Francis mentioned again John Paul II’s prohibition against the appointment of women as priests, but added: “For non-appointed ministries, it is possible, and it seems appropriate today, to go beyond this reservation. .”
Francis told Ladaria that providing opportunities for men and women to serve as lecturers and assistants “will make people realize…the precious contributions that many people, including women, have made to the life and mission of the church.”
The Pope continued: “The choice of granting these positions to women…will make it more realistic for everyone in the church to participate in evangelism.”
Francis told Ladaria that the role of the National Conference of Bishops is to consider the possible criteria for who can serve as lecturers and assistants in its community, and said that he also instructed the Vatican to update its norms concerning these two ministries. Change Canon law.
This major story is being updated.