Vatican newspaper essays say women should preach at Mass

By Michael Gibson, Religion News Service       March 2, 2016       Crux Now on-line

A series of essays in the semi-official Vatican newspaper is urging the Catholic Church to allow women to preach from the pulpit at Mass, a role that has been reserved almost exclusively to the all-male priesthood for nearly 800 years.

“This topic is a delicate one, but I believe it is urgent that we address it,” Enzo Bianchi, leader of an ecumenical religious community in northern Italy and a popular Catholic commentator,wrote in his article in L’Osservatore Romano.

“Certainly for faithful lay people in general, but above all for women, this would constitute a fundamental change in their participation in church life,” said Bianchi, who called such a move a “decisive path” for responding to widespread calls — including by Pope Francis — to find ways to give women a greater role in the church.

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  1. Betty C. Dudney
    Posted March 9, 2016 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    How many more would return if our Church would stop the discrimination in regards to the female half of us as is God’s Will from Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, Article 29.

    “Equality” is the essence of The Golden Rule, found worldwide in most scriptures, Vatican II, and the word God Spoke at my Spiritual “Rebirth”, over 40 years
    ago! Meaning Equal Rights, Equal Respect, and Equal Opportunity!
    Or we serve a god of inequality.

    Ask God’s Holy Spirit to live within your heart and be
    your better guide, so you can know what is right to do.

    Betty C. Dudney
    “Equal Rights From God”

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