Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Pope, Cardinals Discuss Role of Women in the Church; Seek to Provide More Jobs for Catholic Women

 Pope Francis and his International Council of Cardinals have continued their discussions about the role of women in the Church, listening to women experts and discussing the possibilities according to canon law, the Catholic News website reports today (June 19, 2024). 

This is the fourth time the pope and the nine--member Council of Cardinals have invited women to make presentations at their meetings. Women experts , including an Anglican bishop, attended the December, February, and April meetings. 

The council met on June 17--18 in the Domus Marthae, the pope's residence, the Vatican press office said. 

Salesian Sister Linda Pocher, a professor of Christology and Mariology at Rome's Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences Auxilium, introduced the speakers on the first day , which was dedicated to the women's talks and the group's reflections. 

Donata Horak, a professor of canon law in Italy, reflected on canon law by making several contrasts , "such as justice and mercy, consultative power and deliberative power, hierarchical principle, and ecclesiology of communion, democratization, and the  monarchical model." 

Council member Cardinal Gracias told Vatican News that he agreed with the importance of increasing the role of women in the Church. 

"I come from India and in some areas women have little importance; they are 'second class' and for this reason  the Church is working" to give them "the right position in the family, in society, in politics," he said. 

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