Pope Francis Appoints 3 Women to Major Doctrinal Body in Historic Move for Catholic Church

Pope Francis has appointed three female theologians to its prominent Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is being lauded as a historic move for the Roman Catholic Church.

The Vatican announced on Saturday the appointment of five new consulters, including three women, to the CDF, the church body which is tasked with defending Catholic doctrine.

The three women are Pontifical Gregorian University professor Linda Ghisoni, undersecretary for the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life; professor Michelina Tenace, head of the department of fundamental theology at Pontifical Gregorian University; and Laetitia Calmeyn, nurse and teacher of theology at the College des Bernardins in Paris, France.

This marks the first time that women and laity were appointed to the CDF, a move that the Vatican paper L’Osservatore Romano labeled “historic.

The other two appointees were priests: Fr. Sergio Paolo Bonanni, who teaches theology at the Gregorian University, and Diocese of Rome judge and professor Fr. Manuel Arroba Conde.

This is not the first time that Pope Francis has appointed women to positions in the Church traditionally excluded to men. In January 2017, Francis appointed two lay women to the Congregation for Divine Worship.

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Source: Christian Post