..."Then, I had to laugh. As always at the Vatican, the argument for change was not a need to update the church or recognize the equality of women with men, but as some of the essayists note, a need to return to "tradition!" Women preached regularly in the first 1,000 years of Christianity, and often did so in front of priests, bishops and even the pope. Why not resurrect that practice?
And of course, Mary Magdalene was known as the "apostle to the apostles" because the she was the first to "preach" the news of his Resurrection -- the foundational Christian belief -- to the male followers of Jesus.
Now, the ball is in Francis' court. And a lot of people are wondering if this was a "practice shot" at the "basket." (I'm sure the conservatives in Rome are fuming at this suggestion! Francis might be testing the "temperature" before proceeding.) Is this the signal of a change Francis is about to make? If so, go for it, Francis! It is a step in the direction of the gospel.