Essen, Germany, Mar 15, 2022 / 06:00 am
A German Catholic diocese has commissioned 17 women to administer baptisms, citing a shortfall in the number of priests.
The Diocese of Essen, in Germany’s industrial Ruhr area, is the first diocese in the country to commission a group of women to administer the sacrament, reported CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner.
Theresa Kohlmeyer, head of the department of faith, liturgy, and culture in the diocese, said that the step was necessary because there were “fewer priests than in the past.”
She added there was “a great need on the part of baptismal families for the most individual accompaniment and worship service possible.”