Posts Tagged ‘women’s ordination’

Church is running out of reasons not to ordain women

Thursday, February 25th, 2021
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Pope Francis recently announced that he would remove the phrase “lay men” from Canon 230 and replace it with “lay persons”. This change to the church’s legal code means that women can now be permanently installed as lectors or acolytes – essentially, readers, distributors of Communion and assistants at Mass and the sacraments. Although not Read more

Bishop who warned of schism over women priests resigns

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

A Swiss bishop who recently warned of a potential schism caused by different opinions about ordaining women in the Catholic church has resigned unexpectedly. Denis Theurillat, who was the auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Basel cited “the increasing burdens of his office” as his reason for resigning five years before the customary retirement age Read more

Women priests: priest suspended, bishops scott free

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Being prepared to consider ordaining women – and saying so – has seen a priest continue to be suspended from ministry while more senior clergy are not even smacked on the wrist. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, recently admitted that he is “open” to the idea of ordaining women to the Catholic priesthood. “I am not Read more

Women’s Ordination Conference surveys Catholic women in lay ministry

Thursday, August 27th, 2020
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University of Chicago Divinity School student Rebecca MacMaster entered seminary out of a desire to make the Catholic Church “the best it can be” and to answer a calling to teach and work in college or parish ministry. “My Catholic identity is so important to me, and it informs so much of how I interact Read more

New arguments open debate on women’s ordination says Archbishop

Monday, August 24th, 2020

An open debate on women’s ordination in the Catholic Church is necessary, says Hamburg’s archbishop, Stefan Hesse. “One has to be permitted to think about and discuss the issue.” Hesse says “Ordinatio sacerdotalis,” John Paul II’s 1994 letter stating the church cannot ordain women as priests, was positioned as a response to those who considered Read more

Papal nuncio in Paris to meet women who applied for jobs requiring ordination

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Papal nuncio Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Vatican ambassador to France, plans to meet the female candidates individually at the beginning of the new school year. Marie-Automne Thepot’s mobile phone rang on the morning of July 27th and, to her surprise, the call was from the papal nuncio’s office. The 42-year-old project manager at the Paris City Read more

Ordaining women? No way! say Australian Catholic students

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Ordaining women is not okay, over 200 Australian Catholic students have told the country’s bishops in an open letter. The letter, sent ahead of the upcoming Fifth Plenary Council of the Church in the country, urges the bishops to remain committed to the Church’s teaching. Ordaining women should therefore be rejected. “Many submissions to the Read more

Women’s ordination panel split on female deacons

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Panel members at a conference organised by women’s ordination supporters have different views on conjectured future female deacons. The five-person panel met as part of the “Open to the Door to Dialogue” conference held in Rome earlier this month. Last month, Pope Francis said he would create a commission to study the history of female Read more

Priest sanctioned after speaking at women’s ordination event

Friday, September 25th, 2015

A priest who spoke at a US women’s ordination conference has been told he can no longer celebrate Mass in a San Francisco parish. Fr Jack McClure joined three inactive priests on a panel at a Women’s Ordination Conference in Philadelphia this month. Precious Blood Fr McClure said that he felt called to break his Read more

Radical priest calls for new ways of parish leadership

Friday, June 5th, 2015

A former vicar-general in Vienna says the Church is at a crossroads in terms of lay parish leadership because of the shortage of priests. Fr Helmut Schüller said merging independent parishes into vast, impersonal parish associations is “pretty much the most unimaginative thing one can do”. In the long run, the Church will not be Read more