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Francis Changes Canon Law: Ministries Of Lector And Acolyte For Women

Francis has changed Canon Law 230 §1 ordering that laypeople can formally become lectors and acolytes.

With the Motu Proprio Spiritus Domini (January 11), he institutionalises what is already done. The Church used to consider lector and acolyte among the Minor orders which can only be conferred to men.

Paul VI decreed when abolishing the minor orders in 1971, that the corresponding offices remain reserved to men. However, since 1992, women/girls have been "allowed" to be lectors/acolytes.

Canon 230 now reads: “Lay people who have the age and skills determined by decree of the Episcopal Conference, can be permanently assumed, through the established liturgical rite, to the ministries of lectors and of acolytes; however this contribution does not give them the right to support or to remuneration by the Church.”

Before, Canon Law said that “lay men who possess the age and qualifications established by decree of the conference of bishops can be admitted on a stable basis through the prescribed liturgical rite to the ministries of lector and acolyte.”

In practice, lector and acolyte are useless ministries as almost all lectors and acolytes exercise their function without being formally instituted.

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Louis IX
And a future Pope can bounce this awful idea right back out to the curb where it belongs.
Ultraviolet
An additional selling point for the Traditional Latin Mass where the form of the Mass remains constant and set by tradition, in spite of what Canon Law unfortunately now reads. Better still.. TLM parishioners don't want such innovations. Readings are done by the celebrant, and candle duties are handled by altar-boys who are required to have short hair well above their collars as set forth …More
An additional selling point for the Traditional Latin Mass where the form of the Mass remains constant and set by tradition, in spite of what Canon Law unfortunately now reads. Better still.. TLM parishioners don't want such innovations. Readings are done by the celebrant, and candle duties are handled by altar-boys who are required to have short hair well above their collars as set forth in the "Knights Of the Altar" manual. End of discussion.

Don't like them apples? Plenty of hippie modernist parishes in town, folks. The door won't hit you on the way out because traditionalists are courteous and we still hold the door for others. But it will be held open, make no mistake.
Jeffrey Ade
It seems to me the salient point really is "Paul VI decreed when abolishing the minor orders in 1971." Any body else wonder about a pope abolishing magisterial teachings?
Cuthbert Mayne
If I wanted to hear women from the ambo too .. I’d stay at home and listen to my wife ( for once )
Seidenspinner
So far, girls are not allowed to serve as acolytes at the Vatican.
Maria Pocs
Now bishops can no longer point to Vatican documents preferring (male only) instituted lectors etc.
Tesa
In most dioceses around the world — and at the Vatican as well — women and girls have been lectors at Mass and have served at the altar for decades.