EG 103: On Women’s Contributions

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdalenePope Francis on women. Part of the sexist mindset of the institutional church–he has been a part of that all-male domain in religious life certainly, but also in his time as a bishop.

103. The Church acknowledges the indispensable contribution which women make to society through the sensitivity, intuition and other distinctive skill sets which they, more than men, tend to possess. I think, for example, of the special concern which women show to others, which finds a particular, even if not exclusive, expression in motherhood.

Speaking of women in general, this may be true. But the particular crime occurs when particular women, gifted and discerned and ready, are thwarted from service. This is a sin against God’s judgment as well as a specific crime against a person. And then there is the matter of certain persons who are cut off from even the possibility of discernment. Pruning the vine of workers before there is even a chance to determine its growth and what it might offer to the whole.

The reality today is this:

I readily acknowledge that many women share pastoral responsibilities with priests, helping to guide people, families and groups and offering new contributions to theological reflection.

This piece has gotten attention, and rightly so:

But we need to create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church. Because “the feminine genius is needed in all expressions in the life of society, the presence of women must also be guaranteed in the workplace”[Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 295] and in the various other settings where important decisions are made, both in the Church and in social structures.

More in Evangelii Gaudium here.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to EG 103: On Women’s Contributions

  1. FrMichael says:

    “But the particular crime occurs when particular women, gifted and discerned and ready, are thwarted from service.” This crime occurs regardless of sex.

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