CNA Staff, Feb 20, 2021 / 15:11 pm
A group of Catholic women in France has launched a manifesto to underscore the “beauty of the women's specific vocation.”
The idea for the manifesto arose right after the publication of Pope Francis' motu proprio Spiritus Domini. Issued on Jan. 10, 2021, the motu proprio changed Church law to permit women to exercise the lay ministries of lector and acolyte. In much of the world, women had already served the role of reading at Mass, although without being officially instituted in the “ministry” of lector.
The manifesto can be found on the La Vocation du Feminines website. As of Friday afternoon, it had attracted some 500 signatures.
The manifesto states that “the issue of the presence of the woman in the temple, and the obstinacy to back married priesthood or female priesthood are, to us, the symptoms of a grave liturgical crisis rooted in a deeper anthropological crisis which deals with the man/woman complementarity.”
The signatories stress that “every Catholic should be concerned about this deep malaise.”