Pope Francis changed a law that would formally expand women’s roles during mass in an attempt to be cool while also adhering to outdated church law.
As reported by The Washington Post, women will now be allowed to read the gospel, serve at the altar, and even distribute communion wafers, but not practice priesthood.
Even though women will now be allowed to stick dry wafers to worshipers, the law still forbids women to become ordained Catholic priests.
The priesthood is reserved exclusively for men in Catholicism. Men that want to become priests must remain unmarried and celibate throughout their lives – a law derived from the practices of Christ himself.
The church believes that, according to the Bible, Christ chose the apostles to form the church. The most important Catholic building is the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter, which is believed to be the church that Jesus sent the apostle Peter to build. Yes, men are kind of a big deal in Catholicism.
The canon law that the Pope amended can hardly be considered progress. The canonical law excluding women from the priesthood isn’t aligned with the teachings of Christ, and it goes against the biblical precedent of women faith leaders like Esther, Debora, Mary Magdalene, Mary of Nazareth, Miriam, and Priscilla.
The useful part of the rule change introduced by Pope Francis is that now conservative bishops and priests won’t be able to deny women the opportunity to serve at mass. As reported by the Pope, they can no longer do that, as the decision has been backed by the Pope himself and can no longer be ignored.