Global Jesuit leader says women’s inclusion in church structures ‘has not yet arrived’ | National Catholic Reporter

The new leader of the global Jesuit order has said the Catholic church should recognize that women are still not allowed to have a full participatory role in the church’s structures.

Jesuit Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, a Venezuelan who was elected the superior general of the Society of Jesus in October, said March 8 that while Pope Francis has acknowledged that women play a “fundamental role” in passing on the faith they are not yet fully included in church governance.

“Pope Francis has been quite outspoken about women making decisions and holding responsibility in the church,” said Sosa, speaking at the annual Voices of Faith event for International Women’s Day at the Vatican’s Casina Pio IV.

“He has also created a study commission on the women’s diaconate to explore the history and role of women in this church structure,” Sosa continued. “But if we are honest, we acknowledge that the fullness of women’s participation in the church has not yet arrived.”

Source:  National Catholic Reporter

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