Monday, April 23, 2018

Pope Francis Appoints 3 Women to CDF - Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Could Be a Positive Step if they Challenge Teaching on Birth Control, Ban on Women's Ordination and Offer a Major Critique of Patriarchy!

These are the Italians Linda Ghisoni and Michelina Tenace, and the Belgian Laetitia Calmeyn Agencias
The Italian priest Sergio Paolo Bonanni and the Spanish Claretian, Jesús Arroba Conde, were appointed as consultants of the old Holy Office.

My response: This could be a positive step if these women open up the process of reflection on the development of doctrine to the insights of women's experiences around the globe including feminist and mujerista theology. In addition, they could begin their new positions by calling into question teachings  that violate the well-being and equality of women: the condemnation of artificial birth control and the ban on women's ordination. Also, the CDF (perhaps, the new women could recommend this idea) should invite all the theologians whom they have condemned previously without a fair hearing  to an open session in which they will be invited to share their ideas to foster a deeper understanding of faith in the midst of an evolving challenging world. I suggest they start with a major critique of patriarchy in the Roman Catholic Church's history up to the present day! Sound too optimistic? One can always hope and pray that women in the CDF will make a much needed difference!  We don't need women to function as "strawberries on the cake!" Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, #WomenPriestsNow

Pope Francis has appointed three women as consultants to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican announced on Saturday.
"The three women are: Dr Linda Ghisoni, undersecretary for 'the section for the lay faithful' in the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life; Professor Michelina Tenace, who teaches theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome; and Professor Laetitia Calmeyn, who teaches theology at the Collège des Bernardins in Paris.
Two priests were also appointed: Fr Sergio Paolo Bonanni, who teaches theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, and Fr Manuel Jesús Arroba Conde, CMF president of the Institute of Both Jurisdictions (civil and canon law) at the Lateran University in Rome.
Until this papacy, consultants of all the nine Vatican congregations have always been men. Last January, Pope Francis broke with tradition, appointing two women to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments: Professor Donna Orsuto and Dr Valeria Trapani.
The CDF was established in 1542 by Pope Paul III to deal with cases of schism and heresy. In 1998, St John Paul II revised its work 'to promote and defend the doctrine of the faith and its traditions in all of the Catholic world.'

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