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Proponents of women’s ordination among new consultors to Synod of Bishops

February 21, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis has named six new consultors to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

The new consultors include

  • Msgr. Alphonse Borras, a Belgian priest who was appointed an expert at the October 2023 Synod
  • Father Gilles Routhier, a Quebec theologian and seminary rector
  • Father Ormond Rush, who offered a personal (and highly selective) interpretation of the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation during the October Synod
  • Sister Birgit Weiler, a German theologian in Peru and proponent of women’s ordination to the priesthood
  • Maria Clara Lucchetti Bingemer, a Brazilian theologian who is also a proponent of women’s ordination to the priesthood
  • Tricia Bruce, an American sociologist who conducted a study on women and the diaconate

None of the new consultors hails from Africa or Asia.

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  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Feb. 24, 2024 1:09 PM ET USA

    Stack the deck, pack the court, rig the game fouling your own nest in the process.

  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 22, 2024 1:53 AM ET USA

    Discussions on the "possibility" of women ordinations are only misleading, dividing, and confusing. That was definitely resolved in 1994 with Ordinatio Sacerdotalis: "the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful." Anyone who doesn't grasp that much has no business consulting the bishops or anyone else. Defrocking Rupnik would be a good sign that the Vatican cares about the dignity of women.