Women in the Church

Barton T. Geger, S.J. January 21, 2021
Saint Ignatius was opposed to women Jesuits for reasons that were cultural, practical and canonical, but other Jesuits were not. The question was a hot topic in the early Society.
Colleen Dulle January 11, 2021
Women have served as lectors and acolytes for decades. Now Pope Francis has changed canon law to formally recognize their ministry.
Recognizing “the gifts of each baptized person”—women and men—Pope Francis ordered a change to canon law and liturgical norms so that women could be formally installed as lectors and acolytes.
Catholic News Service December 29, 2020
The head of the German bishops’ conference called for far-reaching changes to the Catholic Church and criticized the Vatican’s treatment of the church in his country.
Pilgrims hold candles and pray while maintaining social distancing at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal Oct. 12, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/Pedro Nunes, Reuters)
Ricardo da Silva, S.J. October 19, 2020
Catholic women theologians said that they were tired of hearing words promoting women in the church without accompanying actions that place women in the clear leadership roles.
Cardinal Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Father Tony Flannery (CNS photo/Paul Haring/CNS photo/Irish Catholic)
Gerard O’Connell September 22, 2020
The C.D.F. said today: ‘We did everything possible to dialogue with Father Flannery. It wasn’t always easy.’