I did notice this liturgical news earlier this week. Yay, but yawn.
I can imagine the hand-wringing about it in traditional circles. The so-called minor orders were suppressed in the early 1970s. But they made a comeback in the heady years of retreat from liturgical reform. The notion of men-only in these lowest of clergy ranks has been used as justification for the men-only practice in servers and lectors in many parishes and a diocese here and there. There’s hardly a connection with parish volunteers and the old clergy system anymore. Today’s lay lectors and servers are just better at their role, especially if they have been well-discerned and formed in the role.
In some places, the lingo has just been altered to satisfy some fragment of tradition. Readers instead of lectors. Servers instead of acolytes.
This would have been a positive development in 1975 or so. I can’t see significant impact today. Pastors in parishes and dioceses will still do as they have done or as they please. Lector and server rosters are populated with females and that will continue. There won’t be an uptick in numbers.
The real issues confronting us in liturgy and ministry are untouched by this. We need baptized persons realizing their vocation in the foundational sacrament as disciples. Not spectators. Liturgical ministers need discernment and formation, as they always have.