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Key figure at Synod reveals women already presiding at liturgies

October 23, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: Bishop Erwin Kräutler, reportedly the main author of the working document for the Amazon Synod, has revealed that in the Brazilian diocese he headed before his retirement, women are already presiding at Liturgies of the Word and delivering homilies.

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  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Oct. 24, 2019 4:15 PM ET USA

    a "liturgy of the Word" is a paraliturgy. There is not any real issue with a non ordained male or female giving a reflection or "homily" at a prayer service of that kind, or even at a celebration of Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours. We may or may not like it but it isn't illicit.

  • Posted by: KC627 - Oct. 23, 2019 6:55 PM ET USA

    Perhaps Bishop Kräutler and all the Synod participants should take the time to read Pope Benedict XV's Apostolic Letter "MAXIMUM ILLUD" before they finish their working discussions.