Edit: opening the office of Reader to women has been in the works for a while. It was quietly announced by Benedict XVI in 2010. Now Bergoglio is pushing it in a new Mandate. This is just another step in the overall agenda of women’s ordination.[Vatican News] With a Motu proprio released on Monday, Pope Francis established that from now on the ministries of Lector and Acolyte are to be open to women, in a stable and institutionalized form through a specific mandate.
Monday, January 11, 2021
Bergoglio Continuing “Renewal” Towards Women’s Ordination
There is nothing new about women proclaiming the Word of God during liturgical celebrations or carrying out a service at the altar as altar servers or as Eucharistic ministers. In many communities throughout the world these practices are already authorized by local bishops.
However, up to this point, this has occurred without a true and proper institutional mandate, as an exception to what Pope St Paul VI had established when, in 1972, even while abolishing the so-called “minor orders”, he decided to maintain that access to these ministries be granted only to men because they were considered to be preparatory to the eventual admission to holy orders.