Thursday, January 14, 2021
Thank you Holy Father! We express our thanks to Pope Francis for the Motu Proprio Spiritus Domini, and to all those who have contributed to the study and research for this new step that sees the ministerial participation of women in the Church. [
UISG: International Union Superiors General]

We are pleased to note that the title of the Motu Proprio is Spiritus Domini. As the Holy Father says in his letter to Cardinal Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the decision that not only men but also women may be instituted as Lectors or Acolytes is a sign and a response to the “dynamism that characterises the nature of the Church”, a dynamism that is proper to the Holy Spirit constantly challenging the Church in obedience to Revelation and reality.

This document is given to us on the day of the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord, the day on which God is revealed in communion with Jesus who became a servant.  Looking at Jesus, we renew our common baptismal dignity as sons and daughters in Him, as brothers and sisters. From the baptismal font and then the chrismal anointing we, all baptised men and women, become sharers in the life and mission of Christ and capable of serving the community.

Being able to contribute to the mission of the Church, sharing the ministries, will help us to understand, as the Holy Father says in his letter, that in this mission “we are ordained to each other”, ordained and non-ordained ministers, men and women, in a mutual relationship. This strengthens the evangelical testimony of communion.

In many places women, and especially consecrated women, fulfil different pastoral ministries following the guidelines of the bishops, in responding to the needs of evangelisation. Therefore, the Motu Proprio, with its universal character, is a confirmation of the Church’s path in acknowledging the service “of so many women who have cared and continue to care for the service of the Word and the Altar”.
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