This past week Pope Francis did something that may be surprising to some and inconsequential to others, but we should recognize how much work and prayer went into this move, no matter our feelings about the outcome.
With a Motu proprio released on Monday, January 11, 2021, Pope Francis established that from now on the ministries of Lector and Acolyte are to be open to women, in a stable and institutionalized form through a specific mandate. ~ Vatican
To many of us in Canada we may be surprised to learn that women ministering as lectors, altar servers and Eucharistic ministers was not already sanctioned by the Vatican, as it has been in practice for decades here. Some may think this step taken by Pope Francis is simply dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on an already accepted practice. However, there is much more to it than that, and although the practical application of this move is already part of our everyday lives in Canada, the consequences in other parts of the world is much greater, and the theology and hard work that went into this final decision should not be overlooked.