Vatican City, Apr 10, 2019 / 08:49 am
As Pope Francis’ council of cardinals wraps up the drafting of a new apostolic constitution, they have decided to take up the topic of management roles for women working in the Vatican.
Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti told journalists April 10 that among proposed agenda items for subsequent meetings of the pope’s now-six member advisory group will be management positions for women in offices of the Holy See.
At a briefing on the council’s latest meetings April 8-10, Gisotti said that though the group’s primary work of reforming the Roman Curia through a new apostolic constitution is wrapping up, the advisory body will continue to assist the pope in governance of the Roman Curia.
Gisotti expects the council – formerly referred to as the “C9” – will seek input from women in their discussion of female leadership in the Vatican, as they have done for other topics in the past.
Gisotti also emphasized that it is not the first time Pope Francis, or the Vatican, have considered the issue of women in the Church. He highlighted, as an example, the April 10 appointment of Dr. Amalia D’Alascio as a head of office in the Vatican’s Apostolic Library.
The next steps for Praedicate evangelium, the provisionary name given to the new apostolic constitution governing the Curia, will be for a confidential draft to be sent to bishops’ conferences, heads of Eastern Churches, Vatican dicasteries, religious superiors, and some pontifical universities for feedback.
The draft will be sent first in Italian and later in other languages.
Comments will then be read and considered for incorporation into the text, which is also still being brought into line with canon law. It will be published after receiving final approval from Pope Francis, hopefully to take place by the end of the year, Gisotti said.