Pope Francis names nuns, lay ladies amongst new Dicastery for Bishops


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Pope Francis has introduced the most recent members of the Catholic Church’s Dicastry for Bishops — together with two non secular sisters and a lay particular person.

The Dicastry for Bishops is the Catholic Church’s highest authority on the seek for, analysis of, and appointment of bishops. The physique, often made up solely of cardinals, serves as a deliberative organ of the church answerable for making certain good management worldwide.

Pope Francis has elected to nominate ladies to the position for the primary time in historical past, together with two non secular sisters and the top of a number of Catholic ladies’s organizations.

Vatican Metropolis’s Secretary-Normal of the Governorate Sr. Raffaella Petrini has been picked to take a seat on the congregation, in addition to former Superior Normal of the Daughters of Mary Assist of Christians Sr. Yvonne Reungoat. They’re joined by Dr. Maria Lia Zervino, a lay girl and president of the World Union of Catholic Ladies’s Organizations.

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The Dicastery of Bishops, also referred to as the Congregation for Bishops, is the pope’s fast advisory council for evaluating the efficiency of the clergy. The dicastery presents reviews and assessments for would-be bishops earlier than turning the ultimate choice over to the pope.

Whereas Pope Francis has been clear that ladies can’t and won’t ever be capable of function clergy because of the theological beliefs of the church, he has made a number of essential steps to convey feminine views into the Vatican.

Along with the three feminine seats, the pope has appointed a line-up of Vatican heavyweights, together with a slew of members of the cardinalate. 

Secretary-general of the governorate Sister Raffaella Petrini (R), the first-ever woman to head the governorate of the Vatican City, attends Pope's audience with the Vatican employees for the Christmas greetings in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on December 23, 2021. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

Secretary-general of the governorate Sister Raffaella Petrini (R), the first-ever girl to go the governorate of the Vatican Metropolis, attends Pope’s viewers with the Vatican workers for the Christmas greetings within the Paul VI Corridor on the Vatican on December 23, 2021. (Photograph by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photograph by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP through Getty Pictures)

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Cardinals sitting on the congregation now embody: Cardinal Anders Arborelius, Bishop of Stockholm; Cardinal Jose Advincula, Archbishop of Manila; Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça, Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church; Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary Normal of the Synod of Bishops; Cardinal Arthur Roche, Prefect of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Self-discipline of the Sacraments; Cardinal-elect Lazzaro You Heung-sik, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Clergy; Cardinal-elect Jean-Marc Aveline, Archbishop of Marseille; Cardinal-elect Oscar Cantoni, Bishop of Como.

Non-cardinals of specific significance and experience have additionally been appointed, together with Archbishop Dražen Kutleša, Archbishop of Cut up-Makarska; Bishop Paul Desmond Tighe, former secretary of the Pontifical Council for Tradition; Fr. Dom Donato Ogliari, Abbot of the Abbey of San Paolo fuori le Mura.


The transfer has been anticipated for a while — Francis has already appointed ladies to a number of non-clerical positions contained in the Vatican. Final 12 months, the pontiff accepted Sr. Nathalie Becquat, an Xaviere nun, as under-secretary for the overall secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

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Nonetheless, the pope has not wavered an inch on feminine monks, at instances immediately antagonizing activists pushing for the consecration of girls.

In 2019, Pope Francis spoke to the Worldwide Union of Superiors Normal of Ladies saying, “We walk on a solid just path, the way of Revelation, we cannot walk a different road […] that alters revelation and dogmatic expressions.”

The pope concluded sharply, stating, “We are Catholics, but if any of you want to found another church you are free to go.”


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