Feminine Anglican Bishop Addresses Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals| Nationwide Catholic Register

VATICAN CITY — A feminine Anglican bishop who has campaigned for “gender equality” addressed the Council of Cardinals on Monday as a part of a session devoted to deepening a mirrored image “on the function of ladies within the Church.” 

Rev. Jo Bailey Wells, who’s deputy secretary normal of the Anglican Communion, was one of many first era of ladies to be ordained a vicar within the Church of England in 1995. Married to an Anglican clergyman with two kids, she has additionally served as chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Anglican bishop, who previously has praised “gender history” for highlighting how “establishments are gendered and the way establishments gender people,” additionally addressed an interreligious assembly attended by Pope Francis in Kazakhstan in October 2022 when she reportedly said “gender equality is a part of God’s plans.” 

The Council of Cardinals, additionally known as the “C9,” is a bunch of 9 cardinals Pope Francis established in 2013 to advise him on Church reform and governance. One among its fundamental duties, to advise the Pope on reforming the Roman Curia, led to the 2022 apostolic structure Praedicate Evangelium (Preach the Gospel). It has additionally usually introduced in visitor audio system to handle the Pope and cardinals on key themes. 

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruno stated on Monday that in addition to Bailey Wells, Salesian Sister Linda Pocher, a professor of Christology and Mariology at Rome’s Pontifical College of Academic Sciences’ “Auxilium,” and Goiliva Di Berardino, a consecrated virgin and liturgist from the Diocese of Verona, Italy, shared interventions with reference to ladies within the Church.

The Vatican has not launched info on right this moment’s discussions nor printed the texts of any shows made on the assembly, however it comes after the problem of ladies monks and deacons turned a selected focus of the primary meeting of the Synod on Synodality final October. 

Sister Linda, who has addressed the C9 on earlier events on the identical theme, said in a Dec. 16 interview with Vida Nueva that “the reality is that girls have at all times been lively and current within the Church. Nonetheless, in nearly all contexts, kind of aggressive types of machismo or clericalism proceed to be discovered.” 

Sister Linda is an advocate of the “Marian Precept” within the Church, a idea initially deriving from the Twentieth-century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, who hoped to have the primacy of the Catholic Church accepted by all Christian denominations on the idea of the combination of the Petrine ministry into Marian mysticism. 

“The advantage of reflecting on the ‘Marian precept’ is to assist the ecclesiastical hierarchy to do not forget that the Church just isn’t solely an establishment (‘Petrine precept’), but in addition mysticism, spirituality, love,” Sister Linda stated.  

Synod delegates have been divided over the theme of ladies deacons however agreed to proceed theological examine of the opportunity of a feminine diaconate, and for the outcomes of such a examine to be shared on the subsequent session of the Synod on Synodality, to be held this coming October.

Pope Francis has usually chosen to emphasize the female dimension of the Church, lately calling for extra ladies in ecclesiastical governing positions, and telling members of the Worldwide Theological Fee final November to “demasculinize the Church.’” 

On the earlier C9 assembly in December when the topic of ladies within the Church was additionally mentioned, the cardinals concluded there was a “must hear, additionally and above all within the particular person Christian communities, to the female side of the Church, in order that the processes of reflection and decision-making can benefit from the irreplaceable contribution of ladies.”

Cardinals Ambongo and Lacroix

Among the many 9 cardinal members current on the assembly which runs till Wednesday is Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa. The cardinal led a Jan. 11 response from all of the bishops’ conferences of Africa to the Vatican declaration Fiducia Supplicans (Supplicating Belief), which stated the blessing of same-sex {couples} proposed within the doc wouldn’t be allowed in Africa and that such unions are “opposite to the desire of God.” 

The assertion, which stated the declaration had “caused a shockwave” throughout the continent, was written after Cardinal Ambongo flew to Rome to debate the fallout with Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief and fundamental creator of the doc, and Pope Francis. 

Cardinal Ambongo stated in a later, Jan. 25 interview, that Fiducia Supplicans “introduced discredit to the synod, to synodality,” including that the declaration was made to look as a “fruit of the synod, when it had nothing to do with the synod.” It got here at a time when, as Jonathan Liedl reviews in a Feb. 1 Register article, African Catholics are able to make their voices heard within the wider Church as Western tradition turns into more and more dominated by secular ideologies. 

Different members of the C9 are Cardinals Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state; Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, president of the Pontifical Fee for Vatican Metropolis State and the Governorate of Vatican Metropolis State; Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay; Seán O’Malley, archbishop of Boston; Juan José Omella Omella, archbishop of Barcelona; Jean-Claude Hollerich, archbishop of Luxembourg; and Sérgio da Rocha, archbishop of San Salvador de Bahia. The secretary is Bishop Marco Mellino, titular bishop of Cresima, in North Africa.

Additionally current at Monday’s assembly was Cardinal Gérald Lacroix of Québec, who was lately accused of inappropriately touching a 17-year-old lady on two events within the Eighties. In a video message launched on Jan. 30, he said he would “quickly withdraw from actions in my diocese.” The cardinal “categorically denies” the allegations and stated that “my soul and my conscience are at peace with regards to these accusations.”

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