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Girl altar server: unfair attack

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  1. Tieho says:

    This was his statement regarding female alter servers. The introduction of girl servers also led many boys to abandon altar service. Young boys don’t want to do things with girls. It’s just natural. The girls were also very good at altar service. So many boys drifted away over time. I want to emphasize that the practice of having exclusively boys as altar servers has nothing to do with inequality of women in the Church, what he said is a personal point of view which was not ment to hurt or degrade women, Pope St Paul II also once said when asked about alter servers; The pope answered the question in April, 1980 in the document Inaestimabile Donum, declaring that females were not to serve at the altar. Then later after much discussion it was approved with these specifications attached, Canon 230 §2 is permissive and not a precept.
    1.Bishops are free in their territories to judge if there is a need for females to serve at the altar.
    2. Bishops have the obligation to support groups of altar boys as they promote vocations to the priesthood.
    2 A diocesan bishop who permits females to serve at the altar must give clear reasons for doing so to the faithful entrusted to his care. He may point to the (then already existing) norm of women serving in other functions as permitted in canon 230 §3.
    3 Any service undertaken by the lay faithful are not to be understood as a “right” but as a temporary deputation (ex temporanea deputatione).
    What the cardinal said was nothing new, it was his personal opinion which some bishops hold on to aswell although they do not come out to say it, however, his intenetion was to to discourage or girls, but was to motivate boys into priesthood.

  2. Theo says:

    Its funny that in todays society woman want to do what men do not the other way around you do not see men wanting to learn how to become beauticians and so forth. Men and woman are equal indeed but they each have their own roles to play and should not cross those lines because it can also lead to moral decay. Remember that it was eve who took the aple first but adam got blamed. Men and woman have their own roles to play and we should be contempt with that because if those lines get blurred it can have serious consequences of witch we are already seeing
    in society today.