Well I was just about to write up a report on this, using my rather weak Italian to translate key passages in the surprising story in L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper. But now David Gibson has done it for us and you can read it there: “Vatican newspaper essays suggest women should preach at Mass.”
Here’s an excerpt:
The argument for a change is not that it is “modernizing” the church but rather it is returning to the tradition of the first thousand years of Christianity, when, as Bianchi and the other essayists note, women were regularly given permission to preach, and often did so in front of priests bishops and even the pope.
Mary Magdalene, in fact, was known as the “apostle to the apostles” because the Gospels recount how Jesus appeared to her first on Easter morning, and sent her to deliver the news of the resurrection – the foundational Christian belief – to Jesus’ male followers.
Do read the whole story over at RNS – and let us know what you think.