As Chase in the comments and CNS reported this morning:
The issue was raised in Proposition 17 on “The ministry of the word and women,” and on Saturday morning it passed with 191 votes in favor, 45 opposed and three abstentions, according to our sources.
The synod itself:
It is hoped that the ministry of lector be opened also to women, so that their role as proclaimers of the word may be recognized in the Christian community.
As most Catholics know, women already serve as lectors at Catholic liturgy all over the world. The official role is one of the traditional minor orders.
CNS’s John Thavis:
What Pope Benedict XVI will do with that proposal is unclear, according to Vatican people I spoke with shortly after the synod vote.
I’m not sure if this has much resonance beyond the symbolism. For Catholics in the pews, the practical reality is that the role is filled from the grassroots. The use of women lectors at papal Masses shows that the grass has indeed grown all the way up.
On second thought, maybe there’s something behind the mere symbolism of women entering official roles where only male seminarians tread before. Anybody see it?