Deemed “sexist”, the title of the new encyclical dedicated to fraternity creates controversy

“All Brothers”, the quote from Saint Francis of Assisi, means that the text is accused by some of excluding women.

This encyclical was matured by Francis (here September 2 in the Vatican) over months of confinement as St. Peter's Basilica and its plaza were closed, all of the pope's public hearings and his trips canceled.
This encyclical was matured by Francis (here September 2 in the Vatican) over months of confinement as St. Peter’s Basilica and its plaza were closed, all of the pope’s public hearings and his trips canceled. VINCENZO PINTO / AFP

Will the Pope have to write his next encyclicals in inclusive language? This writing which foresees the masculine and the feminine everywhere so as not to exclude women? The next, and third, encyclical of the pontificate of Francis dedicated to “fraternity”, which will appear on October 4, has indeed sparked a controversy in several countries, including the United States, for its title deemed too… sexist! In Italian, the reference language in the Vatican, the encyclical will be called “Tutti fratelli”, that is to say “all brothers”. It is true that in English, brother is strictly male. It does not have the same universal, male-female connotation that the word “brother” may have in French or Italian depending on its context.

Faced with the risk of disqualifying a text by its title alone even before its content is known, the Vatican had to put things right. Vatican Media Editorial Director Andrea Tornielli said on the official Vatican News website: “As this is a quote from

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Bad luck is worse than Corona Virus Outbreak

VATICAN CITY, KOMPAS.com – Pope Francis state that bergibah or gossip is a plague that is worse than that corona virus.

Therefore, he urged the people Catholic around the world to avoid gossiping and indulging in one’s disgrace.

The Pope said that gossip can also divide the Roman Catholic Church New Dawn.

The supreme leader of Catholics made this point in his weekly address from a window over St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City.

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“Please, brothers and sisters, let’s try not to gossip. Gossip is a plague worse than Covid-19, “said the Pope.

“The devil is big gossip. He always says bad things about other people because he is a liar trying to break up the church,” added Pope Francis.

The pope regularly warns of the risk of gossip and also denounces incitement aimed at breaking unity via the internet.

“If something goes wrong, keep quiet and pray for the brother or sister who made a mistake. Don’t gossip,” he said.

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Previously, the Pope attended the European House-Ambrosetti Workshop on Friday (4/9/2020) as quoted from Daily Mail.

The event is an annual event and is held in the City of Cernobbio, Italy.

During the event, Pope Francis said the corona virus had undermined the pillars of the world economy which was built on idolatry called money and was dominated by the rich.

The Pope then called for a new economic model that is more inclusive and reduces social injustice.

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“Fratelli tutti”: Francis will sign a new encyclical

Pope Francis interrupts his travel abstinence. For this he chose Assisi, which is symbolic for his pontificate. The reason for the visit is also important.

Pope Francis plans to make a short visit to Assisi on October 3rd. There the Catholic head of the church will sign a new encyclical with the title “Fratelli tutti” (something like: All are brothers). The Vatican announced. It would probably be the 83-year-old Francis’ first trip since the corona pandemic break. In the encyclical, an important teaching letter, it is said to be about brotherhood in the world and social cohesion.

It will be the third encyclical of the Pope from Argentina. An encyclical is a directive letter addressed to the bishops and the faithful. Thematically, such papers deal with religious and moral doctrine, social, political and economic doctrine or church politics. Francis already had 2013 and 2015 published such letters.

As the prefecture of his household explained, the visit should only last a few hours. Because of the health situation it will have a private form “at the request of the Holy Father”. This means that no pilgrims are allowed.

The city of Assisi is around two hours’ drive northeast of Rome in Umbria. It is the home of the Franciscan Order. Assisi is also the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, the pope’s namesake. A mass at the grave of St. Francis is also planned, it said. The Pope had stopped traveling in March because of the Corona outbreak.

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Held General Audience, Pope Francis kisses the flag of Lebanon page all

VATICAN CITY, KOMPAS.com – Sri Pope Francis on Wednesday (2/9/2020) held the first public hearing in 6 months on the page Vatican and not in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis is holding his weekly general audience in public for the first time in 6 months on Wednesday.

The Catholic leader appeared to be smiling and chatting as he emerged from the lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak.

The congregants who attended were checked for temperature when they were about to enter the Vatican and almost everyone, including the uniformed Swiss Guard, wore masks.

A total of approximately 500 people are seated in chairs that have been arranged to ensure physical distancing.

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“After months, we continued our meeting face to face and not screen to screen, face to face, and this is beautiful,” he said to the audience’s applause.

Pope Francis clearly enjoyed the moment as he walked past congregations pushing each other behind the barrier. The Pope also stopped frequently to talk to them from one to two meters away.

The Pope last held an audience with a public crowd in early March. After that, the coronavirus pandemic forced him to hold virtual audiences conducted from the papal official library via television or the internet, an experience he described as “seclusion.”

He blessed the children from afar as he crossed the path to the pulpit to convey his message.

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A call for peace Lebanon

Pope Francis appears excited by the attendance of the congregation even though the figure is far from the tens of thousands of people who usually crowd St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis kissed the Lebanese flag handed to him by a Lebanese pastor, Georges Breidi and bowed his head to say a silent prayer for the country, which is still recovering from the massive explosion at the port and the loss of life.

At the end of the audience, he invited the priest to come forward to raise the flag as the Pope called for peace and dialogue in Lebanon.

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He announced that Friday, September 4 would be a day of prayer and fasting for Lebanon and that he was sending the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Beirut that day to represent him.

On that occasion, the Pope also invited followers of other religions to participate.

“Lebanon cannot be left alone,” Francis said, calling on politicians and religious leaders to commit with “sincerity and transparency” to rebuilding the country and for countries to help each other “without getting involved in regional tensions.”

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Angelus: in the storm, do not be afraid to shout “Lord, save me!”

Commenting on the Gospel of this Sunday, August 9 from the window of the Apostolic Palace, before the prayer of the Angelus, Pope Francis invited to trust in God, in all the moments of our life. When contrary winds blow, the Risen Lord remains present and gives the strength to witness, including until martyrdom.

Adelaide Patrignani – Vatican City

“A beautiful prayer”: this is how Pope Francis described this Sunday the cry launched by Peter, overcome by fear as he sank into the waters on which Jesus manages to walk. “Lord, save me!” (Mt 14,30), launches the disciple to his Master.

Jesus immediately extends his hand to him, for He is “The hand of the Father who never abandons us, the strong and faithful hand of the Father, who always wants our good”, underlined the Sovereign Pontiff.

Trust and surrender

Also, we must not “to be ashamed” to make the prayer of St. Peter our own, “When we feel strongly the doubt and the fear, and that we have the impression to sink, in the difficult moments of the ve, when everything becomes dark”. The whole of the evangelical pericope is, like this exchange between Jesus and Peter, “An invitation to abandon ourselves with confidence to God at every moment of our life”.

In the most stormy times, the Pope continued, to have faith means “Keep your heart turned to God, to his love, his Father’s tenderness”. Jesus, facing his disciple in distress as well as facing each one of us, knows very well that our path can be “Blocked by opposing forces”. But He, the Risen One, “Went through death to save us”. He is always present by our side, and when He lifts us up from our falls, “He makes us grow in faith”.

The Church’s boat, shaken but not overthrown

The Holy Father has finally mentioned the boat in the grip of the storm, “Image of the Church, which in every era encounters contrary winds, sometimes very difficult trials”, like persecutions, “And still today, in certain places”. We may then be tempted to believe that God “Abandoned her”. On the contrary, explained the Pope, “It is precisely in these moments that the testimony of faith, the testimony of love, the testimony of hope shines even more”. To the members of his Church, the Risen Jesus “Gives the grace of witness to the martyr, from which new Christians sprout and fruits of reconciliation and peace for the whole world”.

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Six super-expert women in finance to help the Pope

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican Council for the Economy changes its face, the department coordinated by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich and former president of the German Bishops’ Conference, which must supervise the work of various offices of the Holy See. Francesco calls six women to be part of it, all secular, experts in finance and markets. Some have studied at Harvard and teach in prestigious universities. Others are part of companies such as Telefonica, Bankia, Hsbc. The Council is made up of fifteen members, including eight cardinals and bishops and seven lay financial experts from various countries. The women nominated are Charlotte Kreuter-Kirchhof, Eva Castillo Sanz, Leslie Jane Ferrar, Marija Kolak, María Concepción Osßkar Garaicoechea, and Ruth Maria Kelly. The only male appointment among lay experts is that of the Italian Alberto Minali with experience in the world of insurance, from Generali to Cattolica.

For some time now, Francis has been trying to bring female personalities into key Vatican roles. The request was made by several parties: many of the problems inherent in the unfortunate story of sexual abuse of minors committed by priests could be resolved if there were more women in key roles in the Church.

With these appointments, some personalities who entered the Vatican in the first years of Bergoglio’s pontificate leave the scene, among them Joseph Zahara, Maltese, former head of the Bank of Valletta and close to the IOR president, Jean Baptiste de Franssu. He had been head of Cosea, the reform commission from which Vatileaks 2 began, due to a leak of documents.

It was on his return from his trip to Geneva in 2018 that Francesco said that he would like a competent female personality such as Christine Lagarde at the helm of the IOR. But the Pope had also spoken of the presence of women in leadership roles in the Church at other times. A few years ago, at the plenary session of the Department of Culture, Francis had made an urgent appeal in this direction: “I am convinced of the urgency of offering spaces to women in the life of the Church and of welcoming them, taking into account the specific and changed cultural and social sensibilities . A more widespread and incisive female presence in the communities is desirable, so that we can see many women involved in pastoral responsibilities, in the accompaniment of persons, families and groups, as well as in theological reflection “.

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The future of Cardinal Barbarin takes shape in Rennes and with the Pope

A cardinal about to become soon « simple » chaplain. In celebrating Sunday, June 28, his moving farewell mass in the diocese of Lyon, of which he had taken the lead eighteen years ago, Mgr Philippe Barbarin did not allude, before the crowd of faithful gathered in the primatial Saint- Jean-Baptiste, on the new page he is about to open in his ministry.

→ REPORTAGE. The goodbye moved from Lyonnais to Philippe Barbarin

But two days earlier, in an exclusive interview with RCF’s regional branch – which also covered the four judicial years related to the Preynat case – the archbishop had mentioned his imminent departure for Brittany and had said he was available for the missions entrusted to him by Pope Francis. Visibly appeased, talkative after three months of retreat and silence, he had then announced that he would leave in July to settle on the site of the mother house of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, in Saint-Pern, Ille- et-Vilaine.

“Pastoral dimension”

There, with the nuns in the service of the elderly according to the spirituality of Saint Jeanne Jugan (1792-1879), the founder of their community, he will reside in a house at the bottom of the park, welcoming the seminarians of Brittany in propaedeutics. The Archbishop of Rennes, Bishop Pierre d’Ornellas, asked him to give classes at the seminary of Rennes: “I hope I can do it”, confided on the air, with a burst of laughter, Philippe Barbarin, saying “Always happy to do something new”.

This radical change does not seem to cause him any particular apprehensions or concerns. “My real vocation is to be a priest, he assured again. The most beautiful of the priestly dimension is the pastoral dimension, even if I will not have the responsibility of the pastor in a parish which is the most joyful, the most profound thing in the life of a priest or d ‘a bishop. In Saint-Pern, he will meet Bishop Émile Marcus, 90, Archbishop Emeritus of Toulouse from 1996 to 2006. Chaplain of the mother house of the Little Sisters of the Poor since his retirement in 2007, the latter was superior of the seminary of the Carmelites when the Cardinal Barbarin was training there.

Middle East

The agenda of the emeritus Gaul primate is yet to be fulfilled soon. He will in particular support Bishop d’Ornellas to preside over the confirmations. “I welcome him like a brother. He is a man of God, who is unanimously recognized as a teacher of the Word of God ”, reacted the Archbishop of Rennes in the local press. The ex-archbishop of Lyon is also already asked to preach retreats. He has thus already been invited by Mgr Michel-Marie Calvet, bishop of Nouméa, in New Caledonia, to celebrate the Christmas holidays, where he will then give a retreat to the priests of the diocese.

But it is the Pope who will have priority, since he personally asked the Cardinal to “Stay available”, especially for missions in the Middle East. François indeed knows the investment of Archbishop Barbarin with Christians in the region, even though he returned from three months in Israel and Palestine. The twinning between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the capital of Gaul owes much to the friendship born between the ex-archbishop and Cardinal Louis Raphaël Iis Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Church. Other projects, like a pilgrimage in November to the Holy Land, are also taking shape.

→ READ. Cardinal Barbarin puts himself at the service of the diocese of Rennes and the Pope

On the airwaves of RCF, the atypical and bubbling cardinal had still insisted on leaving aside the institution and the public scene to urge interiority: “The only thing that interests me is that people read the Word of God: turn off the television and turn on the gospel. If it is a word from God, it must be our compass. The word of God must continue to run! “

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The future of Cardinal Barbarin takes shape in Rennes and with the Pope

A cardinal about to become soon « simple » chaplain. In celebrating Sunday, June 28, his moving farewell mass in the diocese of Lyon, of which he had taken the lead eighteen years ago, Mgr Philippe Barbarin did not allude, before the crowd of faithful gathered in the primatial Saint- Jean-Baptiste, on the new page he is about to open in his ministry.

→ REPORTAGE. The goodbye moved from Lyonnais to Philippe Barbarin

But two days earlier, in an exclusive interview with RCF’s regional branch – which also covered the four judicial years related to the Preynat case – the archbishop had mentioned his imminent departure for Brittany and had said he was available for the missions entrusted to him by Pope Francis. Visibly appeased, talkative after three months of retreat and silence, he had then announced that he would leave in July to settle on the site of the mother house of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, in Saint-Pern, Ille- et-Vilaine.

“Pastoral dimension”

There, with the nuns in the service of the elderly according to the spirituality of Saint Jeanne Jugan (1792-1879), the founder of their community, he will reside in a house at the bottom of the park, welcoming the seminarians of Brittany in propaedeutics. The Archbishop of Rennes, Bishop Pierre d’Ornellas, asked him to give classes at the seminary of Rennes: “I hope I can do it”, confided on the air, with a burst of laughter, Philippe Barbarin, saying “Always happy to do something new”.

This radical change does not seem to cause him any particular apprehensions or concerns. “My real vocation is to be a priest, he assured again. The most beautiful of the priestly dimension is the pastoral dimension, even if I will not have the responsibility of the pastor in a parish which is the most joyful, the most profound thing in the life of a priest or d ‘a bishop. In Saint-Pern, he will meet Bishop Émile Marcus, 90, Archbishop Emeritus of Toulouse from 1996 to 2006. Chaplain of the mother house of the Little Sisters of the Poor since his retirement in 2007, the latter was superior of the seminary of the Carmelites when the Cardinal Barbarin was training there.

Middle East

The agenda of the emeritus Gaul primate is yet to be fulfilled soon. He will in particular support Bishop d’Ornellas to preside over the confirmations. “I welcome him like a brother. He is a man of God, who is unanimously recognized as a teacher of the Word of God ”, reacted the Archbishop of Rennes in the local press. The ex-archbishop of Lyon is also already asked to preach retreats. He has thus already been invited by Mgr Michel-Marie Calvet, bishop of Nouméa, in New Caledonia, to celebrate the Christmas holidays, where he will then give a retreat to the priests of the diocese.

But it is the Pope who will have priority, since he personally asked the Cardinal to “Stay available”, especially for missions in the Middle East. François indeed knows the investment of Archbishop Barbarin with Christians in the region, even though he returned from three months in Israel and Palestine. The twinning between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the capital of Gaul owes much to the friendship born between the ex-archbishop and Cardinal Louis Raphaël Iis Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Church. Other projects, like a pilgrimage in November to the Holy Land, are also taking shape.

→ READ. Cardinal Barbarin puts himself at the service of the diocese of Rennes and the Pope

On the airwaves of RCF, the atypical and bubbling cardinal had still insisted on leaving aside the institution and the public scene to urge interiority: “The only thing that interests me is that people read the Word of God: turn off the television and turn on the gospel. If it is a word from God, it must be our compass. The word of God must continue to run! “

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A woman archbishop of Lyon ?

The nomination of Anne Soupa to the archdiocese of Lyon has sparked many reactions and comments, perhaps less of the interior of the catholic Church and its leaders from other spheres ; it is no longer so common the national media to devote their securities to a fact affecting the catholic Church, except in the case of sex scandals.

Without presuming to express the intentions of Anne Soupa, it is the way in which is perceived the role of the bishop, which makes me wonder. In effect, the nomination and the comments that surround it to revolve almost exclusively around the question, not so much of the exercise of authority, but indeed of power. To become bishop, that one is a man or a woman, it is to receive a ability to decide and to direct.

→ THE FACTS. The theologian Anne Soupa brig the seat of the archbishop of Lyon

I do not deny that this exists, I am well placed to measure ; however, is that the profound nature of the episcopate ? That is why, for the exercise of a power, that the Lord has called and sent his apostles, from the bishops who succeed them ? “You know : the leaders of the nations to the command of masters, and great ones make them feel their power. Among you, he shall not be so : whoever wants to become great among you shall be your servant ; and whosoever will be among you the first will be your slave. Thus, the Son of man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. “Matthew 20, 25-28.

A look into the Churches of the East, could shed some light. The bishops are chosen, not among the priests, most of them are married, but among the monks. The primary reason is not their celibacy, in any case, if it is, it is because that this choice of life expresses the gift of self to God. The bishops, therefore, are that, men of God, religious, devoted, non-first leaders, organizers, managers. I do not idealizes not the Churches of the East, examples belie this ideal, showing here and there how the links to political power can pollute the freedom, both of the Church and of States.

However, the bishops, and the priests of the Latin Churches, by their celibacy, are this, men of God, used prayer and the proclamation of the Word and as servers of the food of the soul that they should give to all.

However, for reasons that are often historical, the bishops, have gradually occupied in the administration, under the mode of contingency, in view of the weakening of the institutions of the roman Empire, and until that meant the tiara, papal, or prisons of the church. Today, in France, the bishop being responsible for ” everything “, especially that which blocks, must constantly arbitrate and allocate time to tasks that were more a matter of people who have more skills than them in these areas.

It is worth remembering the question posed by one who is about to confer the sacrament of order : “does he Have the required skills ? “. The indeterminacy of these skills can lead to moderate requirements, however, and this is happy, it ensures that they take account of the context of human, social, ecclesial, in which someone is ordained or called to a particular mission. This question of skills is decisive, it must lead any appeal or such application. It needs to be expanded beyond only ordained ministers, both for those who are called and sent, and those who call and send.

→ MAINTENANCE. Place of women in the Church : “It is necessary to reopen the question of the ministries “

Here I use the plural to signify that one of the answers to the questions posed by Anne Soupa lies in the practices of decision-making who refuse the solitary exercise but build looks and words various. The bishop, or ordained minister, takes its place of course, but never alone, always allowing the time and the methods which seek the agreement of the greatest number. In such a process, each person must have a place, ordained ministers, lay faithful, and therefore, men and women, especially the christian communities.

However, this may not only honor the questions asked. Among these, I perceive that that questions the recognition of the state of adult in the faith, that is, regarding the ministries, missions, sex. The exercise of a decision-making role, under the episcopal ministry, with which are associated the priests, may provide to call and to train other ministries for the Church. Men and women receive – receive – ministries of charity, of preaching, of the presidency of the common prayer, not by way of contingency, but of right, not by delegation, but in view of skills, which the community must first be the witness, not in subordination but in a full and complete liability. Such practices, which are not already exist, to lead, but should lead to re-read the apostolic ministry of bishops, with whom I associate the celibate priests, in the light of the Acts of the Apostles and Letters of the Apostles, so that it is expressed first of all in the homelessness, the foundation, the innovation.

These few lines are items paid in the service of a debate, for choices, decisions, that it would be severe not to engage with seriously, as a serious question addressed by Anne Soupa.

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What is the place of women in the Church ?

► What are the responsibilities assume responsibility for the women within the Church ?

Board members of episcopal, chancelières in charge of finance, responsible for the pastoral care of the… notably Under the impetus of pope Francis, the place of women in the governance of the catholic Church is undoubtedly the most enviable as it was two or three decades – and this, to the Vatican. In France, few are part of councils of the seminars (to accompany the training of future priests), but also advice for the appointment of priests (who decide on the allocation of parishes).

The general secretariat of the bishops ‘ Conference of France (CEF), which is open to the laity three years ago, now has three priests and three lay people, including one woman, Christine Naline, who said : “The novelty for me was to bring matters of pastoral care : we may rejoice in it. “ If the lay in responsibility have long been confined to the questions say “temporal” (economic, for example), their participation in the pastoral services is more recent.

In the field, Monique Baujard has been part of the pioneers. Director of the national service family and society of the EFC from 2009 to 2015, it also acknowledges the progress made, but considers them inadequate. “The authority remains committed to the presbyterate. No women’s words in no way commits the institution : it remains a word in private, a witness. ” A lay woman in the church’s mission adds that although she has the confidence of his bishop and that he is listening “in a personal capacity “, this is not the case at the institutional level, since it is not a member of the episcopal council of the diocese.

If some of these councils are now equal, most are composed in great majority of priests. “However, the priests do not have a specified term, in contrast to us, the laity : so, I know that I don siégerai not more than three years on the board “, says Mary-Anne Vitry, of the diocese of Angoulême, also a professor of philosophy. The episcopal council is in any way an instance and a vote, without power of decision.

► Governance is it related to ordination ?

“In the first centuries of christianity, under the roman Empire, explains the theologian Francois Moog, there has been a double movement: on the one hand a re-qualification of women, but on the other, a disqualification of the laity with a bureaucracy cleric who has focused the governance ordained. “ However, says he, the canon law current provides for a series of offices which may be filled by lay people, men as well as women. Thus a woman can occupy positions of responsibility within the Church and may be, for example, chancellor of the diocese, or ecclesiastical judge.

“Governance is embodied by a priest, or a bishop, but is worn by all, through councils “, says Christine Naline. However, as noted by sister Nathalie Becquart, head of the national service for the evangelization of youth and vocations from 2008 to 2018, “the last word “ always returns to the priest or to the bishop.

In addition, there is, according to it, a “distortion “ between the reality of the exercise of responsibilities by women and that the liturgy, “first visibility of the Church “, given to see. “The women have only a secondary role in the liturgy, their weight symbolic is less strong, whether we like it or not “, adds to the jesuit Étienne Grieu, president of the Centre Sèvres. For him, “if the women could comment on the word of God, it would be immediately in a position of authority “.

► The current context, can it make a difference ?

“In fifty years, the place of women in society has been turned upside down, notes sister Becquart. There is a generational thing, the Church is at the heart of the company and this new situation will necessarily raise for it too. It is a question of inculturation. “

But in the beginning, the accession of women to positions of responsibility in the Church she pointed to a choice or a necessity to overcome the shortage of priests ? “If there had been a priest available, competent, and interested, I would have perhaps not been named a delegate to episcopal for the German-speaking part of the canton of Fribourg “, notes with lucidity Marianne Pohl who will occupy this position for the diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Freiburg from the 1er August. “The increased presence of women in the governance of the Church was more the result of a concrete need that a real theological reflection “, confirms Monique Baujard.

More than the crisis of vocations, it may be the sexual abuse crisis and of power, that has led bishops to act in favour of greater participation of the laity – and thus of women. “The sexual abuse crisis may have the effect of “beneficial” to raise awareness that there is an institutional problem “, explains the former head of service of the CEF.

“With their systemic aspect, adds Nathalie Becquart, the abuse show that the exit from the crisis passes through the path of synodality. “ For it, a number of bishops have understood that it was necessary to involve women, “not because they are better, but because better discernment requires of otherness “.

To call to give more importance to women within the Church, the religious xaviere also puts forward a factual, according to which the young men are now more believers than young women. “If the Church does not move, the women will continue to leave “, prevents Nathalie Becquart.

► What are the prospects for the coming years ?

Number of women in the Church say they wait with impatience for the next Synod of bishops in October 2022. It is already said that women could have the right to vote, this would be a first – this had not been the case for the Synod for the Amazon, in spite of the claims come from participating. But if the next Synod of bishops is the subject of attention on the part of women, it is mostly because of its theme, “For a Church the synod of bishops : communion, participation and mission,” the synodality is a subject dear to pope Francis.

“At the local level, and particularly in my own diocese, the synodality, this still remains an idea “, deplores Marie-Anne Vitry, in Angoulême, to which Germany is a model in the field. For her, “what is still lacking for women in the Church, it is to be seen as collaborators in full, with a real mutual esteem “. However, it requires a “conversion “, to which we must work at daily. “I will fight for that every day !, she says. It is sometimes difficult, when one is in face of men, inhabited by stereotypes of gender, in which a woman can only be a housewife or a nun. “

Another solution would be to entrust women’s ministries established. For the moment, these are two in number – the readership and acolytat – but are reserved for men. This track is also being considered at the highest levels of the Church : “We ask that the ministry established “the woman leader of community” is created and recognized “, requested by the synod fathers in the final document of the Synod for the Amazon.

“The needs are not those of two millennia ago : what ministries the Church has, does she need for tomorrow ? Priests and bishops, no doubt, but not only “, believes Monique Baujard. For her, it would be a mistake to think that the priestly ordination of women : “The risk would be to drag in a “mold” male, and that they were then also clerical than the men ! “ Another track could be to appoint, at the side of the bishop, a vicar general who is a layman, and so, sometimes a woman.

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