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Embattled German bishops pick woman theologian as top administrator

February 24, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: Beate Gilles has been named the general secretary of the German bishops’ conference. “Between the reality of life and conviction of many Catholics and the teachings of the Church there is a tension,” she wrote in 2019. “We want to hear people who ask the Church for a blessing for their partnership. . . . The blessing celebration asks for God’s blessing for a successful future of something that already exists. The blessing does not constitute a sacramental bond between the two persons.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 24, 2021 11:58 AM ET USA

    Time to redefine the term "bishop"? Let's check the current responsibilities: priest, king, teacher. Now let's check the roles serviced by women in the ordinary-form system: clerical (acolyte, lector, Communion distributor, etc.), general secretary of bishops, theologian. I understand that correlation does not imply causation, but I am seeing a mighty strong correlation between roles in this system. The only thing missing is the claim to service _in persona Christi_. But I am sure that's coming.