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Vatican newspaper: follow-up article on women preaching at Mass

April 21, 2016

Recent essays in the Vatican newspaper suggesting that women should be allowed to preach at Mass were not written with “the intention of contradicting the current discipline,” one of the essayists said in a brief follow-up article.

Enzo Bianchi, a layman who founded and serves as prior of the ecumenical Monastic Community of Bose, said that the essays intended to explore, with the “deepest respect,” the future possibility of a bishop granting a mandatum praedicandi [mandate of preaching] at Mass, “even only temporarily,” to qualified laymen and laywomen.

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  • Posted by: Jim.K - Apr. 21, 2016 7:24 PM ET USA

    Modernism! Two steps forward, one step back! This would not be so serious if the Vatican Newspaper was not continuously involved. "It's dejuvu all over again," as Yogi Berra would say. Or, one might be inclined to remember "the Spirit of Vat II." How long, Oh Lord, How Long?

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Apr. 21, 2016 9:24 AM ET USA

    In liturgical law the practice of non ordained persons speaking during the time for the homily at Mass is reprobated, which means that even a bishop cannot authorize it. So, apparently he is still suggesting rejection of the current discipline (and by bishops!), though maybe out of his own ignorance. The Dominican sister on the other hand may be more likely to know all this and not care about disobedience, if she is anything like the LCWR Dominican sisters here.