Pope Francis wants more women inclusion when it comes to the affairs and responsibilities of the Catholic Church.
In his prayer intention for October, Pope Francis says, “We pray that the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.” (Read: Women’s Rights Around the World: How Far Have We Really Come?)
In an Angelus, the Pope highlighted the contribution that laywomen can make. “Today we still need to make greater space for a more incisive feminine presence in the Church—I mean a lay presence—but underlining the feminine aspect, because women are often put to one side.”
Women in Decision-Making
Pope Francis also called on the integration of women in places where important decisions are made. He warned against the clericalism that may plague the church, as it “diminishes the lay charism and even ruins the face of Holy Mother Church.” (Read: Pope Francis Appoints Six Women Leaders to Vatican Economic Council)
And, as in his video message accompanying his prayer intention, he warned against falling into clericalism, which “diminishes the lay charism and even ruins the face of Holy Mother Church.”
Just recently, the Pope has appointed women in several top posts in the Vatican, such as the Vatican Economic Council, the Vatican Apostolic Library, and the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority. (Read: Pope Francis Appoints Women for Top Posts in the Vatican)