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"Amazon Synod final doc calls for official women’s ministry at Mass"
"The final document of the Amazon Synod calls for allowing women’s ministries at Mass, specifically saying that women can 'receive the ministries of the Lector and Acolyte, among others to be developed.' While it does not specifically call for a permanent 'diaconate' for women, it refers to the Commission set up by Pope Francis to study the question and says Synod Fathers will share their observations with the Commission and await the Commission’s report (para 103).
'It is urgent for the Amazon Church to promote and confer ministries for men and women in an equitable manner,' says the document (para 95). Quoting Pope Francis' exhortation Evangeli Gaudium, the synod document (para 99) calls for the Church 'to create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church.' Quoting again from Pope Francis (from a 2013 speech), it says, 'Let us not reduce the commitment of women in the Church, but promote their active participation in the ecclesial community.'
'The Magisterium of the Church since the Second Vatican Council has highlighted the leading place that women occupy within it,' says the document (para 100). And quoting Pope Paul VI, it adds, 'The time has come, the time has come for the woman's vocation to be fully fulfilled, the time when the woman acquires in the world an influence, a weight, a power never reached until now.'...
St. Paul in 1 Cor. 14:34 writes: 'Women should remain silent in Churches' – a law which was followed in the Church until various interpretations of the Second Vatican Council saw women reading the Scriptures at Mass but not the Gospel."
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