Pope Francis allows women on the committee to advise on the appointment of bishops

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Pope Francis intends to appoint women to the Dicastery of Bishops, an institutional body that recommends priests and bishops for promotion in the Catholic Church.

Although Pope Francis has made it clear that women cannot and never will serve as clergy due to the theology of the church, he has taken several important steps to bring women’s perspectives into the church. Vatican.

Dicastery of Bishops, also known as Congregation for Bishops, is the direct advisory council of the pope in assessing the activities of the clergy. The dicastery offers reports and evaluations to potential bishops before passing on the final decision to the pope.

“Two women will be appointed for the first time to the Bishops’ Selection Committee of the Congregation for Bishops,” Pope Francis said. told Reuters in an interview on July 2.

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Pope Francis (in the background), Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops, Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri (in the background), Catholic prelates and those present pray during the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of the Panamazonian Region in October.  September 7, 2019 at the Vatican.  (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)

Pope Francis (in the background), Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops, Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri (in the background), Catholic prelates and those present pray during the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of the Panamazonian Region in October. September 7, 2019 at the Vatican. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)

“I am open to giving (women) an opportunity,” the holy father said at one point. “So things open up a bit.”

This move has long been expected – Francis has already appointed a woman to several non-church positions in the Vatican. Last year, the pontiff approved St. Natalie Bekkua, nun Xavier, as Deputy Secretary of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

However, the Pope has not faltered an inch on women priests, at times directly antagonizing activists for the ordination of women.

According to Catholic doctrine, priests and bishops must act in the name of Jesus, who is a man. They are believed to be the successors of the original twelve apostles, all of whom were ordained by Jesus and were also men.

In 2019, Pope Francis addressed the International Union of Women Superiors General, saying: “We are on the firm and just path, the path of Revelation, we cannot go the other way. […] which changes revelation and dogmatic expressions.

The pope concluded abruptly, stating: “We are Catholics, but if any of you want to start another church, you can go.”

The photo was taken in February.  French Catholic religious sister and member of the Congregation Xavier Nathalie Beccard is pictured at the headquarters of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) in Rome on January 10, 2021, posing at a meeting with the media.  (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

The photo was taken in February. French Catholic religious sister and member of the Congregation Xavier Nathalie Beccard is pictured at the headquarters of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) in Rome on January 10, 2021, posing at a meeting with the media. (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

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The Bishop of Rome, after months of health problems and relative inactivity, has repeatedly made headlines in recent weeks thanks to interviews and public appearances with seemingly renewed vigor.

Pope Francis criticized the “ideological exploitation” of the Catholic Church in an interview with his country’s news agency.

Pope Francis made the comment Friday to Argentina’s national news agency Télam in an interview. Questions and discussions were conducted in the native language of Pope Francis, Spanish.

The Pope distinguished between the proximity of the South American church the people and the political corruption of the church.

“That was changed when people couldn’t express themselves, and it ended up being a church of trail bosses with pastoral agents at the head,” Papa explained. “People started to speak out more and more about their religion, and eventually they became the protagonists of their own story.”